September 14th, 2007
By EDISON LOPEZ
The only mountain gorillas found were the five members of the Rugendo family, the remains of the unit that was massacred in July, and they were outside of the park vulnerable to crossfire.
40% of Worldâ™s Species Face Extinction
Rate of Extinction is up to 10,000 Times Natural Rate Due to Human Activities:
One in four mammals. One in eight birds. One of every three amphibians. They are at risk of disappearing from the planet.
Of the 41,000 species monitored by the World Conservation Union, 16,000 is endangered, and the number of endangered species keeps rising, according to the London Telegraph, which got an early look at the WCUâ™s latest âœRed Listâ report.
The earthâ™s ecosystems suffer extinctions all the time. Death, for species, is a part of life in the grand scheme. But the unparalleled rate of extinction being caused by humans amounts to a grand experiment: How much of the earthâ™s life can be destroyed without affecting the basic processes necessary for human life?
Ethanol produced from other crops, notably sugar cane, produces far more energy at lower cost than does ethanol produced from corn. Diesel fuel produced from crops also is a more efficient fuel than ethanol produced from corn.
Meanwhile, it should accelerate research into producing cellulosic ethanol - fuel from entire plants rather than grains alone - which would vastly increase the volume of ethanol per plant and, therefore, substantially reduce its cost.