December 2007
Geographical (Geographical Magazine Ltd.);Dec2007, Vol. 79 Issue 12, p10
This article reports on a statement issued by the World Conservation Union (IUCN) regarding efforts to conserve the planet's biodiversity in 2007. According to the IUCN, the efforts need to be boosted to halt the pace at which the world is losing species. It maintains the most comprehensive inventory of the world's threatened plants and animals, known as the Red List, and its update shows that a total of 41,415 species are endangered, with 16,306 facing extinction. The organization indicates that one in four mammals, one in eight birds, a third of amphibians and 70 percent of the world's assessed plants are under threat.


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