Plants and animals are dying off up to 1000 times more quickly than in past centuries. But the biologists cant agree on the reason or the solution. One camp argues that we must stop 'bulldozing the garden of Eden’ and slow the destruction of habitats. another believes that unless we address global warming, saving floes and forests wont matter.
A disproportionate share of life-forms is concentrated in 34 biodiversity" hot spots” such as Madagascar, which boasts 10,000 unique species worth untold millions to curious pharmaceutical companies. But preserving the island’s plants and animals means battling timber companies and political unrest-and providing eco friendly options to locals who make a living chopping down tree or selling lemurs to restaurant.