Friday, January 07, 2005

NEWS - 15,589 species face extinction

The Star Online has this article about the IUCN's latest report "A Global Species Assessment".
THE world’s biological diversity continues to decline, with the latest World Conservation Union’s (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species revealing that 15,589 species face extinction in the near future.

Released at the 3rd IUCN World Conservation Congress in Bangkok last month, the authoritative list is an update of the last major analysis in 2000, which showed that one in eight birds (12%) and one in four mammals (23%) were threatened with extinction.

The new report titled A Global Species Assessment showed that the pressure on birds and mammals has not eased and the infamous line-up has now been joined by one in three amphibians (32%) and almost half (42%) of turtles and tortoises.
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