The latest update of the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species shows that 17,291 species out of the 47,677 assessed species are threatened with extinction.
The results reveal 21 percent of all known mammals, 30 percent of all known amphibians, 12 percent of all known birds, and 28 percent of reptiles, 37 percent of freshwater fishes, 70 percent of plants, 35 percent of invertebrates assessed so far are under threat.
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Ongoing Threats include Bushmeat Hunting, Illegal Logging and Climate Change
Washington, D.C.--Leaders of the Congo Basin countries and conservation groups are pressing for more attention, funds and technical support to save the world's second largest rainforest and benefit its population during a Congo Basin Forest Forum and Congressional Hearing today.
LONDON, UK--Most experts wholeheartedly embrace the idea that nature must be protected in order to advance human well-being; but, the debate on how development goals and biodiversity conservation should be linked in practice is far from settled. So reveals a volume published by leading UK publisher Earthscan and co-edited by AWF expert Joanna Elliott.
Washington, DC--Scientists have published DNA barcodes of frequently traded species that can be used to identify and crack down on the illegal trade of bushmeat. A grim and growing market, the illegal bushmeat trade is valued at some $15 million a year.
Wildlife and customs officials can use the barcodes to determine whether luggage, handbags and clothing, and meat products were harvested from species embargoed from international trade.