Biodiversity meeting begins with funding plea

Agence France-Presse: A major UN meeting designed to safeguard the world's natural resources began Monday with appeals to ensure that biodiversity does not become a victim of the global financial crisis. More than 170 countries are meeting in the Indian city of Hyderabad over the next 12 days under the United Nations' Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), an offshoot of the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. UN environmental experts have warned that the world has as little as a decade to fend off a species......

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