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
Seven rare species in the Carolinian zone
From unsung amphibian heroes to flying mammals, there are more rare species of plants and animals here than anywhere else in the country.
Ten birds to spot in the Carolinian zone
Find out why gardening is good for birders (with photography by July Talk drummer Danny Miles).
As governments argue, at-risk woodland caribou decline
Canada’s woodland caribou have been listed under Canada’s Species at Risk Act for 15 years but continue to decline. Now is the time for action.
Research and technology won’t feed starving southern resident orcas
Southern resident killer whales are slowly starving to death. Government must act.
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.