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Mammals Nearly As Threatened As Amphibians

There’s good news and bad news in the Australian Biological Resources Study just released. It’s a kind global census of species of living things, macroscopic and microscopic.

The good news: There have now been 1,899,587 distinct species of living things identified by science. That’s a lot of living things found, though there are many more yet to be discovered.

The bad news: About one out of every hundred of those species is currently threatened with extinction. The bigger critters of the world are more endangered than the teenies, too.

We’re used to thinking about the peril the world’s amphibian species are in. However, we mammals aren’t that much better off. According to the survey, 29.2 percent of amphibians are threatened with extinction, as are 20.8% of mammals.

1 comment to Mammals Nearly As Threatened As Amphibians

  • Tom

    When i see our leaders blase attitude about allowing for a 5.5 degree warmer climate as opposed to the recommended 2 degrees by the IPCC it makes me wonder what they’re thinking (or NOT thinking). Already we’re seeing the drought effects in the southwest and how it’s moving into the great plains, the flooding rains that have replaced the gentle steady variety of years past, and the over-all aberrant weather patterns emerging throughout (here in PA our winters are becoming ever more mild).

    We’re not taking this seriously at all and moving far too slowly to have any palliative effect on this, so i guess we can expect it to just continue to get worse until we can’t even grow enough food to sustain our own population, and of course by then it will be far too late to do anything at all but suffer and die off in large numbers and fight senseless wars over diminishing resources – including water.

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