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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 Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor According to the Australian Koala Foundation, 30% of the nation’s Koalas have been lost to drought, bushfires, and logging in just three years. The population has dropped to 58,000 from more than 80,000 in 2018, and no regions saw positive population growth. These findings arrive just days after the […]
By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor The maned wolf is certainly a unique animal, with long legs, massive ears, and bright red fur. Many might compare it to a fox, but it’s actually South America’s largest canid species. And not only is the maned wolf elusive — it’s endangered. Researchers working with Rewilding Argentina and […]
Today is International Red Panda Day! These iconic and adorable creatures are worth celebrating for many reasons, but they’re also in need of serious protection. This cat-sized, fluffy-tailed animal is listed as endangered on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) red list. Climate change and rising temperatures are reducing the red panda’s […]
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