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."
more in The Guardian.