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IUCN Red List Update – More Species in Trouble

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List has launched its biannual update - assessing the extinction risk of species, including newly assessed species and updates.

As the world’s most comprehensive planetary health-check (now including almost 74,000 species), The IUCN Red List is used by governments, businesses and conservationists worldwide to guide their policies and inform their actions.

Today's update suggests that the extinction risks to many species have grown since the last update: most disconcertingly, 90% of all 100 Lemur species (a primitive group of primates found only in Madagascar) are threatened with extinction, with almost a quarter classified as Critically Endangered. Their worsening predicament is largely due to habitat loss and destruction. 

Assessments of all 19 species of Anguillid eels are now included in The IUCN Red List, supported by Synchronicity Earth.  It has emerged that the Japanese Eel (Anguilla japonica) is now nearly as threatened as the Critically Endangered European Eel (Anguilla anguilla) due to high levels of trade for food.  Experts are concerned that as one eel population crashes, others will be affected by demand for their meat. This is particularly worrying since – as with many other species – we are losing them before we know enough about their requirements and contributions to planetary wellbeing.

The Red List can be viewed at: http://www.iucnredlist.org/

Synchronicity Earth is helping The IUCN Red List to mark its 50th anniversary this year. Watch this space for more information.