Nearly 30 Percent of All Species Listed by International Conservation Organization Are at Risk of Extinction

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s “Red List of Species” found 37 percent of shark and ray species are at risk for extinction. / Shutterstock

Nearly 30 percent of all species assessed by an international conservation organization are at risk of extinction due to increased habitat loss and climate change, a new report announced.

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) updated its annual “Red List of Species” Saturday — and 38,543 of the 138,374 species reviewed on the survival watch list are at risk of extinction.

While the news is alarming, IUCN said the review shows the recovery of several species of commercial tuna threatened due to overfishing.

“Today’s IUCN Red List update is a powerful sign that, despite increasing pressures on our oceans, species can recover if states truly commit to sustainable practices,” Dr. Bruno Oberle, IUCN Director General, said in a statement.

“States and others now gathered at the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Marseille must seize the opportunity to boost ambition on biodiversity conservation, and work towards binding targets based on sound scientific data. These Red List assessments demonstrate just how closely our lives and livelihoods are intertwined with biodiversity.”

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SOURCE: New York Post, Patrick Reilly

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