Nations Promise to Protect Third of Planet From Extinction

From a Washington Post story by Dino Grandoni headlined “Nations promise to protect 30 percent of the planet from extinction”:

MONTREAL — Close to 200 countries reached a watershed agreement early Monday to stem the loss of nature worldwide, pledging to protect nearly a third of Earth’s land and oceans as a refuge for the planet’s remaining wild plants and animals by the end of the decade.

A room of bleary-eyed delegates erupted in applause in the wee hours after agreeing to the landmark framework at the U.N. biodiversity summit, called COP15.