Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Reality check in race to curb extinction as only five of 56 targets are seeing progress

Attempts to slow down the dramatic loss of wild animals and their habitats are failing, a United Nations reported has warned.

The Global Biodiversity Outlook 4, published on Monday as countries meeting in South Korea to discuss the problem, said there was little sign that the world would meet the target date of 2020 to curb the rate of extinction.

The number of species being lost because of human activity is one of the reasons why geologists are considering declaring a new epoch in time, called the Anthropocene. In the future, it is likely that the sudden change in flora and fauna will be noticeable in the fossil record.

The plight of the world’s most endangered animals, such as lemurs, the blue-tongued forest giraffe and the spoon-billed sandpiper, is getting worse despite the international effort by humans.

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