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.