Vital species we can't afford to lose 7. Primates As our closest living biological relatives, primates offer a great deal of insight into human biology. They are also a keystone species in many tropical forests, serving as "gardeners" by dispersing seeds and creating places where new plants can grow. In order for such forests to survive and thrive, we need to ensure the survival of the primates who inhabit them. … [Read more...] about Wildlife populations fell 68% since 1970: WWF
"The longer the wildlife stay in supply chains with other humans and people, the greater the risk of spillover of a wildlife disease to humans. We are playing Russian Roulette with the threat of pandemics and in the end we will lose ... big. And Covid-19 is only the beginning," she said. … [Read more...] about World’s wildlife populations have fallen by an average of 68% in four decades, World Wildlife Fund says
In some cases, conservation efforts simply are not enough, the team noted. For example, the Gulf of California's Vaquita, or 'Phocoena sinus', is a porpoise species whose numbers continue to fall despite efforts to minimise the damage of fishing. … [Read more...] about At least 28 bird and mammal species have been saved from extinction since 1993 thanks to conservation action, study claims
'The dramatic declines of species such as the North Atlantic Right Whale included in today’s IUCN Red List update highlight the gravity of the extinction crisis,' said IUCN Biodiversity Conservation Group director Jane Smart. … [Read more...] about European hamster is now ‘critically endangered’ and is just one step away from extinction, experts warn
- Turning forests, grasslands and other areas into farms, cities and other developments. The habitat loss leaves plants and animals homeless. About three-quarters of Earth's land, two-thirds of its oceans and 85% of crucial wetlands have been severely altered or lost, making it harder for species to survive, the report said. … [Read more...] about Nature in ‘freefall’: Global wildlife populations have declined by more than two thirds since 1970, WWF claims
Angus Satow, co-founder of leftwing grassroots environmental group Labour for a “green new deal”, told the Guardian: “We desperately need groups like XR to highlight the political and economic actors that are driving this climate crisis. Many of the big ideas that were being discussed in relation to the climate crisis when the coronavirus hit seem to have been forgotten by politicians who are scrabbling to get us back to a normal that will be disastrous. … [Read more...] about Extinction Rebellion: how successful were the latest protests?