More than 200 scientists sent a letter to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today expressing support for an Endangered Species Act petition filed this summer by the Center for Biological Diversity and several renowned scientists and herpetologists, including E.O. Wilson, Thomas Lovejoy and Michael Lannoo. The petition, the largest ever filed targeting amphibians and reptiles, seeks federal protection for 53 species of turtles, snakes, toads, frogs, lizards and salamanders found across 45 states. Leer más.

I am sure many people would agree with me that conservation biology is as much a social/political matter as it a scientific endeavor. Even though scientific information on conservation status of species, general population studies, the efficacy of nature conservation and the causes of biodiversity decline is vital, but it cannot change (at least not easily) the priority we humans give to biodiversity conservation and thus the amount of effort and money we are willing to spend on it. Leer más.