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Mammals face extinction crisis, says IUCN report

October 7, 2008
Posted in Conservation

“The damage industries and commerce do to people and the environment is real, it is considerable, and it is unacceptable,” said Valli Moosa, the president of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), who was, until recently, the chairman of South Africa’s electricity utility Eskom.

Speaking at the opening of the conservation body’s 10-day meeting in Barcelona on Sunday, the former SA minister of environmental affairs called on businesses to change their attitudes to environmental issues and largely blamed them and unfettered markets for the world’s environmental woes, the BBC reports.

“Leading entrepreneurs and markets have certainly contributed to the growth of the global economy; yet while individuals may be moral, markets are not,” he was quoted as saying.

A day later the conservation body released its 2008 Red List, the “global standard for conservation monitoring”, which paints a grim picture of the state of the environment. It confirms that the world’s mammals and amphibians face an “extinction crisis”. Read more