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Third of plants and animals 'at risk of extinction'

Third of plants and animals 'at risk of extinction' --One third of plant and animal species are now at risk of extinction, a UN report is expected to conclude this week. 09 May 2010 The world's biodiversity is threatened by the economic growth of countries like China, India and Brazil, the study will say. While Western countries are increasingly aware of the need to protect endangered species, the developing world's appetite for raw materials is destroying vulnerable ecosystems, the report's authors will warn.