|United Nations Environment Programme. World Conservation Monitoring Center. "Global Biodiversity Outlook 2" assesses the current status and trends of biodiversity and the key drivers of biodiversity loss.|
|United Nations Environment Programme. The Biodiversity Series presents the results of projects carried out by the World Conservation Monitoring Centre, often in partnership with IUCN, WWF, UNEP or other organisations. This series focuses on providing support to the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity.|
|"Living Planet Report 2008" is World Wildlife Fund's periodic update on the state of the world's ecosystems. Indicates that humanity’s Ecological Footprint, our impact upon the planet, has more than tripled since 1961. Our footprint now exceeds the world’ s ability to regenerate by about 25 per cent. Lots of graphs, data, resources. ***|
|'Canadian' Living Planet Report 2007 is World Wildlife Fund's periodic update on the state of the world's ecosystems. It describes the changing state of global biodiversity and the pressure on the biosphere arising from human consumption of natural resources. Good graphs/info. PDF. ***|
|Biodiversity Heritage Library, the digitization component of the Encyclopedia of Life, is a consortium of 12 major natural history museum libraries, botanical libraries, and research institutions organized to digitize, serve, and preserve the legacy literature of biodiversity. 41,387 titles 78,872 volumes 29,521,912 pages.|
|Center for Biodiversity and Conservation - AMNH. "Biodiversity and Human Health: A Guide for Policymakers" Brief guide summarizes the consequences of biodiversity loss for human health, including threats to global supplies of food and fresh water, exposure to formerly rare diseases and opportunistic infections, and loss of important sources of medicines." PDF.|
|Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) is a center within the Earth Institute at Columbia University. Links to data.|
|"Ecosystems & Human Well-being: Biodiversity Synthesis" A Report of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. PDF.|
|The Condition and Trends Working Group's Current State & Trends Assessment found that over the past 50 years, humans have changed ecosystems more rapidly and extensively than in any comparable period of time in human history, largely to meet rapidly growing demands for food, fresh water, timber, fiber and fuel. This has resulted in a substantial and largely irreversible loss in the diversity of life on Earth. Millennium Ecosystem Assessment.|
|World Wildlife Fund Biodiversity Support Program. Promoting conservation of the world's biological diversity. The publications on this Web site are from over a decade of work by the Biodiversity Support Program.|
|Union for Ethical BioTrade and IPSOS provides an annual overview of awareness of biodiversity from three different perspectives: the consumer, industry and the media. It provides the answers to important questions, including: How many people have already heard of biodiversity? How do they know what biodiversity really is? How do consumers view the importance of ethical sourcing of biodiversity? Do consumers trust industry? What do they expect from it? How does industry report on biodiversity? How does the media cover biodiversity sourcing practices?|
|"The Effects of Climate Change on Agriculture, Land Resources, Water Resources, and Biodiversity in the United States" U.S. Climate Change Science Program. May 2008.|
|"Biodiversity, climate change and poverty: exploring the links" International Institute for Environment and Development Feb 2008.|
|"Adaptation Options for Climate-Sensitive Ecosystems and Resources" A Report by the U.S. Climate Change Science Program and the Subcommittee on Global Change Research.|
|Professor E.O. Wilson estimates that we lose 137 plant and animal species every day.|
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