By Natalie WolchoverPosted 11.12.2010 at 12:30 pm 5 Comments
Taxonomists plan to catalogue all of the world's species in the next 50 years. This NASA-style initiative, set at the Sustain What? Conference held in New York City this week, will require the identification and classification of approximately 10 million new species. To put that in perspective, only 2 million have been catalogued since binomial nomenclature was first invented in 1758 by Carl Linnaeus.