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Old 07-09-2009, 09:27 PM   #1
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Wildlife crisis worse than economic crisis – IUCN
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July 01, 2009

World Sentinel | Wildlife crisis worse than economic crisis – IUCN
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Life on Earth is under serious threat, despite the commitment by world leaders to reverse the trend, according to a detailed analysis of the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™.

The IUCN analysis, which is published every four years, comes just before the deadline governments set themselves to evaluate how successful they were in achieving the 2010 target to reduce biodiversity loss. The IUCN report, Wildlife in a Changing World, shows the 2010 target will not be met.

"When governments take action to reduce biodiversity loss there are some conservation successes, but we are still a long way from reversing the trend," says Jean-Christophe Vié, Deputy Head of IUCN´s Species Programme and senior editor of the publication. "It´s time to recognize that nature is the largest company on Earth working for the benefit of 100 percent of humankind – and it´s doing it for free. Governments should put as much effort, if not more, into saving nature as they do into saving economic and financial sectors."
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It shows 869 species are Extinct or Extinct the Wild and this figure rises to 1,159 if the 290 Critically Endangered species tagged as Possibly Extinct are included. Overall, a minimum of 16,928 species are threatened with extinction. Considering that only 2.7 percent of the 1.8 million described species have been analyzed, this number is a gross underestimate, but it does provide a useful snapshot of what is happening to all forms of life on Earth.
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