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Thomas Lovejoy, conservationist who achieved prominence as "godfather of biodiversity," dead at 80

Thomas E. Lovejoy III, a prominent and influential conservation biologist who helped catalyze a global movement to save the Amazon rainforest and served as an advisor to a wide range of global leaders on environmental matters, has died. He was 80.

Lovejoy was known as a pioneer of modern conservation efforts, a passionate advocate for wildlife and wild places, and a big thinker who proposed daring and innovative ideas to protect the planet. He’s credited with coining the term “biological diversity”, developing the concept of “debt-for-nature” swap programs, and being one of the earliest to warn about the extent of species loss worldwide and elevate the issue of climate change as a global problem.

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