More sharks, stingrays threatened – Florida News Times
Sharks and rays around the world have seen their populations decline since 2014, according to a new Red List released at the World Congress on Saturday to protect declining species, and are increasingly threatened. It’s on point.
The Komodo dragon is currently listed as an endangered species, especially due to rising sea levels and rising temperatures in the Indonesian habitat. Ebony and rosewood, threatened with felling, were among the trees on the list for the first time this year.
There are also signs of hope that the catch quota has put some tuna species “on the road to recovery,” according to an announcement by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
IUCN has announced that by 2021, around 37% of sharks and rays worldwide will be endangered, up from 33% seven years ago. Overfishing, habitat loss and climate change explain the upward trend, he said. The oceanic shark population has declined by 71% since 1970.
However, the increase in the tuna population and the resurrection of some other species is “a demonstration that if the state and other stakeholders do the right thing … it can be recovered,” said Bruno, director of the ‘IUCN. Oval told reporters in Marseille, southern France.
The IUCN Red List Unit reassesses hundreds of species each year. Of the approximately 138,000 species tracked by the group, more than 38,000 are endangered.
According to some recent studies, much of the Earth’s ecosystems are severely affected by global warming, deforestation, habitat degradation, pollution and other threats.
More than half of the world’s birds of prey are in decline and 18 species are endangered. It is estimated that by 2050, 70% of emperor penguin colonies will be endangered and by 2100, 98% will be because of warming and melting ice.
Actor Harrison Ford launched a strong plea to protect biodiversity at the opening of the World Wildlife Conference in Marseille on Friday.
“It is difficult to see the rise of nationalism in the face of global threats that require global cooperation and action,” he said. “It’s hard to read the headlines, the floods, the fires, the famines, the epidemics and tell the kids it’s okay. It’s not okay. Damn, that’s not good.
“Thanks everyone,” he said. “Let’s get to work.”
Environmental groups are calling on governments to take bolder action to protect the oceans, the Amazon and other important ecosystems.
The meeting will be held until September 11. Topics covered include the link between climate change and biodiversity loss, and the ethics of genetic enhancement to increase species’ chances of survival. Discussions also aim to inform COP26, the United Nations World Climate Summit in Glasgow, Scotland, in November.