Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Galápagos Islands less threatened?

We're still in the year of biodiversity, and the Unesco decision to remove the iconic Galápagos Islands from the "red list" of threatened World Heritage sites has drawn mixed reactions. The government of Ecuador, which saw itself put in the "naughty corner" by the red-listing, welcomed the move which acknowledged its improved efforts. Environmental organisations have, however, claimed that the change was premature and a lot remained to be done.

My news feature on this debate is out in today's issue of Current Biology:

Fears over new Galápagos status
Current Biology, Volume 20, Issue 16, R656-R657, 24 August 2010
doi:10.1016/j.cub.2010.08.004

Summary and restricted access to pdf file

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