Endangered Species Handbook

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Vanishing Species

Earth's Worth

     Governments around the world grant logging or mining contracts on a daily basis.  Thousand-year-old forests and wildernesses covering vast areas are bargained away in deals made between corporate representatives and government officials, often through bribery.  The fates of the native wildlife and plants of these regions hinge on the type and level of exploitation.  Wildlife, plants, and their habitats survive or die out as a result of decisions made by politicians, most of whom have no understanding of the importance of preserving diversity and extensive areas of natural landscape.  At the present rate of destruction, wilderness will soon be gone, carved up and exploited for commercial purposes or destroyed by settlers.

Page 1 (Wealthy Countries)
Page 2 (Subsidies)
Page 3 (Monetary Value)
Page 4 (United States)
Page 5 (Ecotourism Raises Economies)
Page 6 (Minority)
Page 7 (Tourism)


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