1997 Humans and Other Catastrophes

To properly understand human involvement in extinction, we have to look at the past as well as the present and the future. Today, population levels and patterns of consumption exert their own devastating effect, threatening not only species but entire ecosystems. In order to make appropriate decisions to ensure the future of all species, we must meet the challenge of comprehending the mechanisms at work in extinctions, and determine the most effective course of action to maintain Earth’s biological diversity. Humans and Other Catastrophes, which gathered scientists, journalists, policy makers, and interested members of the general public, focused on possible causes of past extinctions and how lessons from past extinctions could help us set policy for preventative action today.

The symposium was made possible by The Starr Foundation’s ongoing support of the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation’s programs and publications. Additional support for the symposium was provided by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund.

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