Pictured: The blue-throated macaw is critically endangered. BirdLife estimates there are only 73 to 87 adults in the wild.
Is $11 per person a year worth preventing extinction? According to a new study in this week’s Science Magazine, $80 billion dollars, or $11 per person annually, could prevent all future extinctions. The study, called “Financial Costs of Meeting Global Biodiversity Conservation Targets: Current Spending and Unmet Needs” puts a numerical value on the cost of preventing the extinction of threatened species, as well as protecting and managing the habitats where these species live. It uses birds, the most well-known and well-studied animals, as a model to calculate its data. Read more here.