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Across Asia, Rapid Economic Growth Threatens Biodiversity

Asia's rapid economic growth in recent decades has lifted millions of people out of poverty, but has also carried steep costs for the region's biodiversity. A gathering of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in Bangkok warned this week that unless countries in the region can work together to better protect the region's shrinking ecosystems, scores of plants and animals will face extinction. Asia now accounts for 40 percent of global economic output and...

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