In the time is takes you to read this page, one of our planet’s unique species will become extinct. By this time tomorrow, a further 150–200 will have disappeared forever. And by this time next year, over 50,000 more.
This alarming rate of extinction is 100-1,000 times, and perhaps even 11,000 times, greater than the expected natural rate.
One in four of the world’s mammals are now threatened with extinction in the near future. So are one in eight birds, one in five sharks, one in four coniferous trees, and one in three amphibians.
By and large, the cause of this decline is human activities. The land we use for living space, food, clothing, housing, fuel; the things we buy; and the waste we produce – all this contributes to the main causes of species loss:
- Habitat loss
- Unsustainable trade
- Climate change
- Invasive species
- Human-animal conflict
Species Blog Posts
World’s orca experts demand noise reduction in Salish Sea
The number of Salish Sea orcas off the Southern B.C. coast has been dwindling for 15 years without a recovery plan from the federal government. In March, when the final plan was released, it fell short, containing only weak recommendations to save this group of whales teetering on ...
Polar bear subpopulations stable, but sea ice loss is taking its toll
IQALUIT — At first glance, newly released polar bear subpopulation survey results seem like great news. Two of Canada’s 13 polar bear subpopulations, previously thought to be declining, are likely stable. One could even be increasing. But that happy headline belies more worrisome ...
Time is running out for Salish Sea orcas
The orcas of the Salish Sea remain in a precarious position. Southern Resident Killer Whales, as they are known, now number just 78 after 12 months of high mortality.
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17 reasons 2017 is going to be a great year for the planet (really!)
Put down the planetary pessimism and take a big dose of conservation optimism instead: the new year will bring major conservation gains. Here are the most important ones.