Planet Earth may be losing up to 1,000 species to extinction every week.
The vast majority of these extinctions are directly caused by the harmful effects of human activity, such as pollution, habitat loss, disease, poaching, overhunting, overfishing and anthropogenic climate change.
For three years, Joel Sartore studied America's Endangered Species Act and the creatures that the law protects. An award-winning nature photographer, Sartore has worked for National Geographic for the past 17 years.
Sartore's in-depth investigation has resulted in Rare, a new book released last month containing 80 iconic images of the species that may soon be gone forever.
"These are perilous times for life on Earth," says the narrator for the Rare video trailer on Amazon.com. "Habitat destruction and climate change are expected to wipe out a third of all species by the turn of the century. Nearly half the primates could vanish in the next 25 years. Amphibians will fare worse."
"Here's why this matters. Biodiversity produces the food we eat and the air we breathe. It filters our water, controls disease and maintains our climate. So it's really quite simple: When we save biodiversity, we're actually saving ourselves."
- Watch the Rare video
- Watch the Rare book trailer
- Purchase Rare
- Sign a petition to the United Nations to show your support of biodiversity
- Donate to support Conservation International campaigns to protect biodiversity hotspots around the globe
- Join the Countdown 2010 Network to join the fight against biodiversity loss
- Support the World Wildlife Fund (WWF)
- Nothing But Net (April 7, 2010)
- Gorillas on the List (April 6, 2010)
- The Ultimate Price of Ivory (March 15, 2010)
- Killing Enemies, Saving Species (February 23, 2010)
- How Much for That Polar Bear Rug? (February 2, 2010)
- Magic Mushroom (January 4, 2010)
- The Monaco Proposal (December 28, 2009)
- The Marines vs. the Dugongs (December 22, 2009)
- Less Species = More Disease (December 10, 2009)
- Elephants in Vietnam: Just 80 Left (December 3, 2009)
- Bye Bye Biodiversity (October 15, 2009)
- Exit Koala (November 19, 2009)
- The Rime of the Modern Mariner (November 10, 2009)
- Farewell from Christmas Island (September 10, 2009)
- Last Days for the Leatherbacks (September 5, 2009)
- Last Chance to Save the Saola (September 4, 2009)
- Exit the Mangrove Dwellers (August 25, 2009)
- Atlantic Salmon Dying in Chile's Pacific (August 4, 2009)
- Extinction Crisis in Oceania (August 3, 2009)
- Gone in 75 Years: Polar Bears (June 29, 2009)
- Silencing Whale Songs (May 31, 2009)
- The End of An Odyssey Draws Near (May 25, 2009)
- So Long to Species at Walden (Yellowstone, Too) (October 30, 2008)
- The Sixth Extinction (October 10, 2008)
- A Six-Step Plan to Save the Oceans from An Extinction Crisis (August 17, 2008)
- Slowing Human Population Growth May Stop Species Extinction (August 13, 2008)
- Elephant Extinction Possible by 2020 (August 3, 2008)
- Rate of Species Extinction Highest Since Dinosaurs (May 17, 2008)