The Turtle is an ancient species, represented in the fossil record as far back as 200 million years ago. There are approximately 270 species in the world occupying all continents except Antarctica. Of these, approximately half are in need of some form of conservation action because they are threatened with extinction. The threats to turtles are habitat destruction, pollution, disease, and overexploitation by an increasingly hungry world. In the face of this onslaught, turtles face a more insidious threat: predicted global increases in temperature caused by greenhouse gases.
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TWiST 9: Go Green, Slow Down, Have a Good Time
- Hosts: Michael Coyne and Manjula Tiwari
Don't listen to what we say, this is actually TWiST #9. We talk to J Nichols, president of the International Sea Turtle Society, about the upcoming sea turtle symposium in Loreto, Baja California Sur, Mexico.