Extinction of Species

Scientist Warns of Species' Extinction


October 06, 2006 — By Associated Press


BOZEMAN, Mont. — As many as half the world's species may face

extinction by 2100 because of pollution, climate change, human

population growth and other influences, a renowned scientist dubbed

"the father of biodiversity" told an audience here.


Edward O. Wilson spoke Wednesday to a Montana State University crowd

estimated at more than 2,000 after he came to Bozeman to accept the

George R. Stibitz Computer and Communications Pioneer Award. The award

by the American Computer Museum of Bozeman and MSU's computer science

department was in recognition of Wilson's promotion of an electronic

"Encyclopedia of Life" to store information about every species on Earth.


Wilson, a Harvard University professor and Pulitzer Prize-winning

author, has done pioneering research in biology and developed a field

known as sociobiology, which seeks to link behavior in humans and

animals to their evolutionary heritage.


Steps to prevent the broad loss of species can be undertaken and the

21st century ultimately may become known as "the century of the

environment," Wilson said.


He has been seeking to recruit religious fundamentalists as allies in

a push for environmental protection.


His new book, "The Creation," presents a case for religion and science

to work together for protection of Nature, saying the two are "the

most powerful social forces on Earth," for achieving change.


Wilson described Earth as "a little-known planet."


"We have just begun to explore it," he said.


Source: Associated Press