The Current Red List of Threatened Species

September 24, 2007 at 10:07 am (frightening things, injustice) (, )

The World Conservation Union (IUCN) has recently issued an updated report on the world’s endangered species. Keep in mind that the estimates reflected in the report are conservative at best, since the IUCN doesn’t keep track of all species in existence.

There are now 41,415 species on the IUCN Red List and 16,306 of them are threatened with extinction, up from 16,118 last year. The total number of extinct species has reached 785 and a further 65 are only found in captivity or in cultivation. One in four mammals, one in eight birds, one third of all amphibians and 70% of the world’s assessed plants on the 2007 IUCN Red List are in jeopardy.

Julia Marton-Lefèvre, Director General of the World Conservation Union (IUCN), said: “This year’s IUCN Red List shows that the invaluable efforts made so far to protect species are not enough. The rate of biodiversity loss is increasing and we need to act now to significantly reduce it and stave off this global extinction crisis. This can be done, but only with a concerted effort by all levels of society.”

What a sorry state we’re in.

Via AnimalBlawg.

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