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Why This Matters: These species are on the verge of going extinct not because of anything they did, but rather because of us humans. And only we can bring them back, which is possible but grows more difficult with each whale that dies entangled or hit by a boat, and each lemur stranded because its forests are being burned to make room for farming. Conserving 30% of the planet for nature by 2030 is more urgent than ever.
IUCN’s Red List
The most endangered species on the planet are found on the IUCN’s “Red List” – which is the result of a massive assessment the IUCN is undertaking to assess the status of 150,000 species on Earth. So far, they have studied the populations of more than 120,000 species and found that 32,441 of them are threatened with extinction, more than a quarter of all they have looked at. They had hoped to complete the assessment of all 150,000 species by the end of this year, but unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has made that impossible. Dr. Jane Smart, Global Director of the IUCN Biodiversity Conservation Group, said the new listings announced yesterday make clear that “[s]aving the fast-growing number of threatened species from extinction requires transformational change, supported by action to implement national and international agreements. The world needs to act fast to halt species’ population declines and prevent human-driven extinctions, with an ambitious post-2020 biodiversity framework which the upcoming IUCN Congress will help define.”
By Nilanga Jayasinghe, Manager of the Wildlife Conservation team at World Wildlife Fund Imagine living in a modern, densely populated city. On any given morning, you might expect to look out your window and see a stream of cars and pedestrians on their daily commute, bustling shops and restaurants selling their wares, or perhaps local […]
Guest Post by Azzedine Downes, President & CEO, International Fund for Animal Welfare IFAW has long been a leader in recognizing the inherent link between biodiversity and climate change, the existential threat both issues pose to life on our planet, and the critical need to address both these threats together. This week, the results of […]
President Biden: "Watch out for the cicadas. I just got one – it got me." pic.twitter.com/jfrik4bgpB — The Hill (@thehill) June 9, 2021 If you live in Washington, D.C. the cicadas are hard to ignore. But this week their mating-frenzied existence reached new levels of intrusion in day-to-day DC. On Tuesday evening, as AP’s Jonathan […]
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