IUCN 'Red List' Finds 1 in 4 Species Risks Extinction
More than a quarter of species assessed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature are threatened with extinction, says a report released Tuesday — 27% of the 112,432 species sampled.
On one positive note, the group changed the status of a flightless bird called the Guam rail from "extinct in the wild" to "critically endangered." The species has been reintroduced to Cocos Island — only the second bird in U.S. history, after the California condor, to be returned to its natural habitat after extinction in the wild.
"We're in the midst of a staggering extinction crisis," said the Center's Noah Greenwald. "The Endangered Species Act can save other species too, but we have to act fast and be bold."
Read more in The Guardian.