Monday, October 6, 2008

Survey Finds 'Bleak Picture' for World's Mammals - washingtonpost.com

Survey Finds 'Bleak Picture' for World's Mammals - washingtonpost.com:
"BARCELONA -- A quarter of the world's wild mammal species are at risk of extinction, according to a comprehensive global survey released here this morning.

The new assessment -- which took 1,700 experts in 130 countries five years to complete -- paints 'a bleak picture,' leaders of the project wrote in a paper being published in the journal Science. The overview, made public at the quadrennial World Conservation Congress of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), covers all 5,487 wild species identified since 1500. It is the most thorough tally of land and marine mammals since 1996."

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