United Nations Plan Threatens Animals

UN Threatens Species.jpgBy Alyssa Altman — 11/16/09
Protecting rainforests has never been so debated. A United Nations plan to protect tropical forests and fight climate change could possibly threaten more plants and animals with extinction. The U.N. scheme is going to be discussed at the Climate Conference in Copenhagen next month. While this plan could save some species, it may put many more at risk for extinction. The plan is referred to as REDD, or Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation. It will pay poor countries to protect their trees and reduce carbon dioxide emissions. However, scientists are saying the forests the U.N. wants protected may be forests that are cheap and easy to protect, but neglect those rich in endangered species and plants. That then might kill many endangered breeds.