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IUCN added around 1,840 new species to its updated Red List of Threatened Species

IUCN added around 1,840 new species to its updated Red List of Threatened Species

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has added 1,840 new species to its catalogue of plants and animals that risk extinction.

Key Points:

  • The list now contains more than 30,000 species that are under threat of disappearing. Climate change is adding to the multiple threats’ species face.
  • This update reveals about the increasing impacts of human activities on wildlife. The IUCN has witnessed genuine declines in 73 species since its last assessment.
  •  The group earlier this year released a devastating look at the state of wildlife on Earth, which made for alarming reading.
  • More than 1 million species are now at risk of vanishing as human demand puts them in danger of habitat loss, pollution, overexploitation, and climate change.
  • The IUCN released the Red List update in the middle of COP25 climate talks in Madrid. It is very clear that climate change on its own was a growing threat.
  • Rising temperatures have already contributed to the decline in several freshwater fish and sharks.
  • The latest update showed that 37% of Australia's freshwater species of fish were threatened with extinction.
  • Stocks of the short tail nurse shark have declined nearly 80% in the last 30 years.
  • The list has found that dozens of species of birds and plants are now also threatened by rising temperatures.

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