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800+ Species Added To IUCN Threatened RED LIST

Environment  (tags: endangered, animals, plants, lemurs, conservation, ecosystems, forests, habitat, habitatdestruction, protection, science, wildlife, world )

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Experts have added 817 species to the threatened categories on the IUCN Red List in the latest update. Those added include 51 mammals--mostly lemurs--and over 400 plants. The new update finds that over 90 percent of lemurs .....

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Fiona Ogilvie (590)
Tuesday June 17, 2014, 10:22 am
and 79 percent of temperate slipper orchids are threatened with extinction.

"What was most surprising about this assessment was the degree of threat to these orchids," said Hassan Rankou, the IUCN Species Survival Commission's (SSC) Authority for the Orchid Specialist Group, "Slipper orchids are popular in the multimillion-dollar horticultural industry. Although the industry is sustained by cultivated stock, conservation of wild species is vital for its future."

Temperate slipper orchids are found in Europe, North America and temperate Asia, but have become hugely imperiled due to habitat loss and over-collecting.

As for lemurs, the new update found that a stunning 94 percent of this primate group—only found on the island of Madagascar—is at risk of extinction, making them one of the most imperiled groups on the planet. In fact, experts moved 36 species of lemur from a Data Deficient ranking (meaning there is not enough information to make a determination) to one of three threatened categories, i.e. Vulnerable, Endangered, and Critically Endangered.

Another eight were moved from lower categories to the Red List.

Still, experts say hope remains for the world’s lemur species.

“Past successes demonstrate that collaboration between local communities, non-governmental organizations and researchers can protect imperiled primate species. We urgently invite all actors to join our efforts to ensure the continued existence of lemurs,” said Christoph Schwitzer, Vice-Chair for Madagascar of the IUCN SSC Primate Specialist Group.

Lemurs are most imperiled by deforestation and habitat loss, but also face poaching for bushmeat.

In all, 22,103 species are now listed as threatened out of the 73,686 evaluated. But over 10,000 of these remain listed as Data Deficient.

Ana MESNER (201)
Tuesday June 17, 2014, 11:31 am
Thank you for posting. Horrible statistics.

Jeff M (475)
Tuesday June 17, 2014, 11:46 am
Deforestation is imperiling so many species including our own.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday June 17, 2014, 11:59 am
Noted. I think the only destructive force that has been greater than humans to this planet, has been a random encounter with an asteroid.

Michela M (3964)
Tuesday June 17, 2014, 11:59 am
Albert Einstein -“Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty."
Albert Einstein - "The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing."

Michela M (3964)
Tuesday June 17, 2014, 12:03 pm
Ecclesiastes 3:19 “Man's fate is like that of the animals; the same fate awaits them both: As one dies, so dies the other. All have the same breath, man has no advantage over the animal."-

Philip Shabecoff, American environmental journalist - "So bleak is the picture... that the bulldozer and not the atomic bomb may turn out to be the most destructive invention of the 20th century!!"

Michela M (3964)
Tuesday June 17, 2014, 12:04 pm

Earth is not inherited from our fathers,
borrowed from our children.........

Arielle S (313)
Tuesday June 17, 2014, 12:48 pm
Wow - how awful. We do seem intent on destroying everything and idiots that we are, we don't realize that means us, too. I so agree with you, Roberto, and Michela, that quote from Ecclesiastes is one of my very favorites.
We really don't deserve this earth.... the plants and animals do.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday June 17, 2014, 12:50 pm

Mandi T (394)
Tuesday June 17, 2014, 12:58 pm
Ty for posting Betsy. Sad :(

divergent revolution (309)
Tuesday June 17, 2014, 1:28 pm
I saw one of the last lady slippers in n.America while on horseback in the woods of Vermont, we took a picture. ..this is just awful.
Sometimes I thank the fates that I didn't have children.
Ty Betsy

Judy C (97)
Tuesday June 17, 2014, 1:31 pm
The orchid is stunning. This is good news, but a shame that it take such monumental effort to preserve our planet and her inhabitants. Thanks, Betsy.

Steven G (25)
Tuesday June 17, 2014, 1:34 pm
We need to stop cold the influential, environmentally destructive corporate capitalism (shut these criminals down) and take a cue from the indigenous peoples' like the forest peoples' of the Amazon to the tribal peoples' of India and from the Inuit of the Arctic to the Aborigines in Australia.

Sheila D (194)
Tuesday June 17, 2014, 1:57 pm
Stop the 1%, the Mega Corps, the money flowing into our government leaders' pockets, and oust the turncoats in government agencies that are allowing the earth to be poisoned, polluted, fracked, drilled, blownup, cut down, and the precious wildlife, if not killed outright, to be left dying.

. (0)
Tuesday June 17, 2014, 2:34 pm
my computer can;t find the page. from what i read here it is a terrible shame. they are beautiful and pretty soon the only place we will see lemurs is in the zoos we hate

divergent revolution (309)
Tuesday June 17, 2014, 2:35 pm
Sure you didn't leave anyone out..hunters, zoos, circuses, aquatic theme parks, theme parks in general, safaris, poachers, kidnappers
The list unfortunately goespecially on forever...we are fighting the Devils that lie dormant in good hearted people and run loose with abandon in the soulless , blood, money , power, lusting who revel in poisoning themselves and $hit where they live, Like non house broken pets.

Anette S (22)
Tuesday June 17, 2014, 2:58 pm
sadly noted - thank you Betsy.

“We need to continue to expand our knowledge about the world’s species to better understand the challenges we face, set global conservation priorities and mobilize concrete action to halt the biodiversity crisis.”

all knowledge will never stup the human race to continue with the abuse of planet earth with all her flora & fauna...

Birgit W (160)
Tuesday June 17, 2014, 3:42 pm
Sadly noted, thanks Betsy.

Lady Suki (446)
Tuesday June 17, 2014, 5:24 pm
Tragic. Thanks for the forward, Betsy.

B Lewenza (76)
Tuesday June 17, 2014, 5:34 pm
Noted Extremely tragic but why no where to sign. “We need to continue to expand our knowledge about the world’s species to better understand the challenges we face, set global conservation priorities and mobilize concrete action to halt the biodiversity crisis.” Share on FB AND T

Past Member (0)
Tuesday June 17, 2014, 5:41 pm
Sad but not one bit surprised. I actually think the # to be much higher. The future will be one with only us sad sacks--all wildlife+forests will be gone...oh but they'll be roaches+bed bugs to keep us company. Thanks Betsy

JL A (282)
Tuesday June 17, 2014, 6:31 pm
May sufficient action follow listing. Thanks for apprising us on this area of diversity in danger Betsy.

Laurie H (817)
Tuesday June 17, 2014, 8:57 pm
Very sadly noted & this share is appreciated very much Betsy!!! As Nyack has stated, direct action is needed to make a difference. Heaven knows NOW is the time for this intervention, before it's too late!!! So much shame has been unleashed on our once pristine planet----- Thank you too GgmaSheila for sending!!~

Animae C (514)
Tuesday June 17, 2014, 10:07 pm
Thank you Betsy

Ralph F (66)
Tuesday June 17, 2014, 10:32 pm
Sigh. Thanks for this info altho I fear all those who read this here are not the problem. Those that are the problem would never take this message to heart.

Giana P (398)
Tuesday June 17, 2014, 10:56 pm
This is not new, every day a species disappears. It's sad, it seems that we will never learn, and will continue to destroy our environment until it is too late...Thanks Betsy.

Katherine May Williams (0)
Wednesday June 18, 2014, 12:20 am

Sherri G (128)
Wednesday June 18, 2014, 12:45 am
Excellent comments stars to all noted. Animals are more humane than we are. Animals die we follow.

mary f (202)
Wednesday June 18, 2014, 12:46 am
so sad we are throwing away so much in the name of greed

PlsNoMessage se (588)
Wednesday June 18, 2014, 1:48 am

Heidi Walderra (162)
Wednesday June 18, 2014, 2:34 am
Noted and shared

Terry H (15)
Wednesday June 18, 2014, 2:47 am
Shared the article

Past Member (0)
Wednesday June 18, 2014, 3:11 am
Thank you Betsy.

Sandi C (98)
Wednesday June 18, 2014, 6:23 am
noted with sadness

Past Member (0)
Wednesday June 18, 2014, 6:35 am
As man"kind keeps reproducing itself, all other species are dying out. Please, use contraceptives and save the planet. All those kids you are having, what world are you leaving for them= a polluted, barren planet!

Frances Darcy (156)
Wednesday June 18, 2014, 8:57 am
so sad... we are destroying our world

Betty Kelly (4)
Wednesday June 18, 2014, 9:18 am
When the 1% allow the destruction of water, plant life, and the 99%, what will they do?

Abo r (107)
Wednesday June 18, 2014, 11:41 am
noted, thanks Betsy.

Mitchell D (104)
Wednesday June 18, 2014, 11:52 am
Bulldozer...who woulda thunk!?
I fully expect that he is right!
Does it say, somewhere in the Bible, or elsewhere, that mankind is the dumbest of all species?

David C (151)
Wednesday June 18, 2014, 11:54 am

Edwin M (346)
Wednesday June 18, 2014, 2:11 pm
This will continue to occur until the greatest offender to our environment and our planet becomes extinct and when that does happen well there won't be any need for petitions or forums like this anymore simply because, yup we'll all be gone.

Sharon Davidson (371)
Wednesday June 18, 2014, 2:36 pm

Steven G (25)
Wednesday June 18, 2014, 5:12 pm reminded of this song....
Don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you've got
Till it's gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot
Big Yellow Taxi - Joni Mitchell

Kay M (45)
Wednesday June 18, 2014, 10:43 pm

Ruth C (87)
Thursday June 19, 2014, 9:59 am
How sad that so many animals are on that list.

Connie O (44)
Thursday June 19, 2014, 10:18 am
more sad facts :(

Caitlin M (104)
Thursday June 19, 2014, 10:54 am
Alas! Having sympathy and recognizing the importance of all creatures, flora and fauna, I don't imagine will do the good that is needed. We must have input into action that must be taken. Petitions may help; not sure about that, but it's at least a method of being counted. Writing to representatives to be heard may have an effect, but in this USA I have little confidence in our "representatives," so wouldn't count on that being helpful to the question. Talking amongst ourselves is not all that helpful, is it? Being informed is only part of the answer. Right?

Craig Pittman (52)
Saturday June 21, 2014, 3:59 am
In the end it is all about us. Until we are willing to alter the way in which we live including perhaps expectations, the onslaught against the flora and fauna will continue. They are paying the price for our standard of living. Thank you for the story Betsy.

Trudy Killa (125)
Sunday June 22, 2014, 3:41 pm
So sad to read such statistics but not really surprised. We, humans, continue to exploit our Earth Mother and her inhabitants. It is our arrogance in believing that all is there for the taking and think not of the ultimate consequences and sacrifices that our selfishness brings.I agree with so many other posts....and wonder how far our kind will go before we realize what we have done & that it is beyond repair.

I agree Caitlin Mac, what is really the answer.

Gina Caracci (219)
Thursday July 24, 2014, 5:30 pm
I bet by the year 2100, if the world is still here, there wont be a tree left nor a patch of grass.
it will be concrete or destruction...unless we stop this now..

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