July 2006
Ecologist;Jul/Aug2006, Vol. 36 Issue 6, p10
The article reports on the extinction of animal and plant species. According to the latest World Conservation Union (WCN) Red List of Threatened Species, two out of every five species on the planet face extinction. The report notes that 16,119 animal and plant species are in danger of extinction, including one in eight birds, one in four mammals and one in three amphibian species. WCN director general Achim Steiner said that biodiversity loss is increasing, not slowing down. The main cause is people, as humanity impacts on 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 important threat.


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