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The economic crisis has revived the old idea that protecting the environment is a luxury we can’t afford, but in fact the natural environment offers many solutions to the present crisis. Properly managed, ecosystems around the world are a valuable societal and economic resource - from fish stocks to rainforests. There can be no economic stability without ecological stability.
- Nearly a quarter of all mammals and a third of all amphibians are threatened with extinction.
- Coral reefs are worth $172 billion a year to the human economy, but they are on the verge of extinction.
- Deforestation contributes to between 15 and 20% of the world's carbon dioxide emissions.