published June 25, 2012
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.With Lonesome George an international icon for conservation has died and the subspecies of the Pinta Island tortoise (Chelonoidis abingdoni) is believed to have died out. This adds to an extinction rate of endangered species which some say may even be the Earth’s sixth mass extinction. Less controversially it can be stated that the current extinction rates are higher than one would expect without humankind’s influence, and that more action to preserve the environment is needed.
Lonesome George’s death happened just after the Rio+20 Earth Summit which discussed a ‘Pathway for a sustainable future‘. Despite the usual obstacles and compromises that are needed to bring a joint statement of all UN member states down to a common denominator, there is a general acknowledgement by most governments that the conservation of nature is essential for a sustainable future of humankind....