Monday, October 6, 2008

World Habitat Day

World Habitat Day Message: Harmonious, Greener Urbanization

By the end of this year, more than half of the world's population will live in urban areas for the first time in human history, and it is no coincidence that climate change is now at the forefront of international debate, the top United Nations habitat official said to mark World Habitat Day...

The theme of this year's World Habitat Day is "harmonious cities," and the global observance this year is being led from the Angolan capital, Luanda...

Of the world's 6.7 billion people, there are now more than one billion urban slum dwellers Tibaijuka said, emphasizing the need to ensure that rapid urbanization is accompanied by decent living conditions and efforts to preserve the environment.
In a related story, the world's mammals are in BIG trouble with up to a quarter of species facing extinction.

World mammals on the brink, study finds
The most exhaustive study every undertaken on the future of mammals, the broad family of animals to which humans belong, has found that more than a third of all marine species and a quarter of those living on land are at risk of extinction.

The researchers - who are publishing their results in the current issue of Science - found that the larger the size of mammal, the more likely it was to be facing a perilous future...

Habitat loss and hunting are by far the main threats for land mammals, the study says, although marine species are also being affected by chemical pollutants, climate change and mortality through ship collisions and entanglement in fishing nets.

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