UN meeting aims to set species-saving goals

October 18, 2010 06:29

TOKYO — Delegates from more than 190 nations have kicked off a U.N. conference aimed at ensuring the survival of diverse species and ecosystems threatened by pollution, exploitation and habitat encroachment.

But like stalled global climate talks, the two-week meeting of the U.N. Convention of Biological Diversity faces divisions between rich and poor nations over what actions to take.

Scientists warn that unless people stop causing species to go instinct, the intricately interconnected natural world will be damaged with devestating consequences.

The conference aims to get delegates to set 20 measurable targets for 2020.

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