The world is heading for the largest mass extinction event since the dinosaurs that may push tens of millions of species to the brink of extinction inside the next decade, WWF claims
- The WWF fears local weather change and habitat loss will result in mass extinction
- They concern African forest elephant, polar bears and sharks are all beneath menace
- The organisation warns of a ‘catastrophic escalation’ of the conservation disaster
By Jack Newman For Mailonline
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The world is heading for the most important mass extinction event since the dinosaurs inside the next decade, pushing tens of millions of crops and animals to the convey of extinction, the WWF has claimed.
Elephants, polar bears, sharks, frogs and fish are all beneath menace in line with the environmental organisation in its Winners and Losers of 2021 report.
They stated: ‘Around a million species may go extinct inside the next decade —which might be the largest mass extinction event since the tip of the dinosaur age.’
The African forest elephant is among the many animals most susceptible to extinction after its numbers declined by 86 per cent in 31 years
There are at the moment 142,500 species on the Red List of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and 40,000 of them are ‘threatened with extinction’.
This is the largest quantity since the listing was arrange in 1964.
The WWF warns of a ‘catastrophic escalation of the worldwide extinction of species’ and calls for a brand new international conservation pact.
The African forest elephant is among the many animals most susceptible to extinction after its numbers declined by 86 per cent in 31 years.
Polar bears are additionally beneath menace because of the speedy melting of the Arctic Ocean pack ice, in line with the WWF.
Overfishing, habitat loss and the local weather disaster has led to the discount of all sharks and rays by 30 per cent
They estimate the Arctic could possibly be fully freed from ice by the summer season of 2035.
Overfishing, habitat loss and the local weather disaster has led to the discount of all sharks and rays by 30 per cent, the animal organisation says.
It is feared tree frogs and toads in Germany won’t survive the mass extinction event, with half of the nation’s native amphibian species at the moment listed as endangered resulting from development.
The noble pen shell, the largest clam in the Mediterranean Sea, is additionally included on the listing.
Despite the stark warnings, the WWF says there is a ‘ray of hope’ after quite a lot of success tales this year.
Polar bears are additionally beneath menace because of the speedy melting of the Arctic Ocean pack ice, in line with the WWF
The numbers of Indian rhinoceros have grown in Nepal due to a devoted conservation effort.
In cooperation with the federal government, safety measures had been launched which have seen their numbers enhance by 16 per cent since 2015.
The Iberian lynx has additionally elevated tenfold int the previous 18 years with 1,111 animals now in Spain and Portugal after it was on the point of extinction.
A resettlement programme has led to a surge in bearded vulture numbers in the Alps, with 300 flying over the area.