Preserving Endangered Species
Byline: Malcolm Ritter Associated Press
NEW YORK -- On average, 52 species of mammals, birds and amphibians are taking a significant step toward extinction each year, a huge new analysis says.
But if not for conservation efforts, the march would be even faster, researchers reported Tuesday.
Efforts to save endangered animals are making a difference, even as about 1 in 5 of the world's backboned species -- mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish -- are threatened with extinction, according to a study published online in the journal Science.
The report was released as delegates from more than 190 nations meet at a United Nations conference in Nagoya, Japan, to set 20 measurable targets to combat the loss of many diverse species.
"Our results should be a timely wake-up call to governments in Nagoya," said Stuart Butchart, a study author and global research coordinator at BirdLife International. "Biodiversity is in a desperate state. Its situation is getting worse . but our results show we can turn the situation around. We just need greater political will and resources."
The study considered almost 26,000 species of vertebrates -- animals with a backbone -- whose conservation status is on the "Red List" of the International Union for …
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Publication information: Article title: Preserving Endangered Species. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL). Publication date: October 27, 2010. Page number: 4. © 2009 Paddock Publications. COPYRIGHT 2010 Gale Group.