Gabon’s environment minister, British-born Lee White, an ecologist who has helped make the country a powerful voice for the environment in central Africa, says Earth’s climate and biodiversity crises go hand in hand and has called for a key UN summit this year to give biodiversity the same priority as climate change and press ahead with putting a financial value on natural resources. “Without the Congo Basin… we lose the rainfall in the Sahel, and you have hundreds of millions of climate refugees moving south,” he said. “We should be able to calculate that cost and then attribute it to the biodiversity services that the Congo Basin is providing. But today, biodiversity is worth zero”. To read the full article visit the News Blog page on the Future Media website.