From the poles to the deserts, more and more animals face extinction

Graham-Rowe, Duncan
May 2006
New Scientist;5/6/2006, Vol. 190 Issue 2550, p10
This article focuses on the book "World Conservation Union Red List of Threatened Species," which claims that two out of every five species on the planet face extinction. Overall, 16,119 animal and plant species are in danger of extinction, including 1 in 8 birds, 1 in 4 mammals and 1 in 3 amphibian species. Since records began, 784 species have been declared extinct. The main cause, as ever, is people, as humanity impacts the world's fauna and flora both directly and indirectly. While hunting and habitat loss continue to have a disastrous effect on species numbers, global warming is emerging as another threat.


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