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
How Canada’s government can get freshwater right
Concerned about proposed freshwater legislation, WWF-Canada is asking for improvements to regulations to minimize the cumulative impacts of new developments on ecosystems, communities and wildlife.
New troubles for monarchs and how you can help
The butterfly is continuing to lose ground in Mexico’s forests, but you can help monarchs rebound this spring by making the right choices for your garden.
Goodbye birdies, hello birds!
Restoring a golf course to natural wetlands is a hole-in-one for at-risk species on Salt Spring Island
Wild successes can come from new federal budget
The Canadian government took a significant step toward protecting habitats and wildlife in the federal 2018 budget announced this week with a $1.3 billion commitment over five years. This historic investment in nature came in response to calls WWF-Canada made with other groups to finally ...
5 climbers worth climbing for
Reach new heights for these tree-huggers and mountain climbers with WWF’s CN Tower Climb for Nature.