by Matthew McDermott, New York, NY

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The latest update to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species is in and if you were expecting good news prepared to be disappointed. Of the more than 47,000 species surveyed, about 17,000 are at serious risk — of those 21% of the world’s mammal species, 12% of birds, 28% of reptiles, 30% of amphibians, 35% of invertebrates, 37% of freshwater fish and 70% of plants:

Jane Smart, director of IUCN’s Biodiversity Conservation Group says there is mounting evidence that we are in the midst of a serious extinction crisis…

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