Earth Day is surely a time to celebrate the steps forward we’ve taken in the stewardship of life  on our planet… yet we still have a long way to go to halt the massive loss of biodiversity around the world!

– Jeremy

 

By John Mulrow | April 22, 2010

Species classified by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as “threatened” increased by 2.1 percent in 2009, as 365 species were added to the organization’s Red List of Threatened Species.1 Only 2 species were removed from the list.2 Since 1996, a total of 47,677 species of animals, plants, fungi, and protists (a group that includes protozoans and most algae) have been evaluated by the IUCN, and 17,291 of these are now considered threatened—a full 36 percent.

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