An International consortium of more than 8,000 scientists in plea to save the 100 most endangered animals and plants on the planet. They say will be extinct by the next 10 years without our care.
The Indian rhinoceros pictured here is the species most closely related to the Javan rhinoceros; they are the two members of the type genus Rhinoceros. Image credit Wikimedia
The report said that the rising of human population, deforestation, expanding cities, pollution and climate change, are to blamed for driving more and more species of animals and plants to extinction.
“All the species listed are unique and irreplaceable. If they vanish, no amount of money can bring them back,” says Ellen Butcher of the Zoological Society of London, co-author of the report.
“However, if we take immediate action we can give them a fighting chance for survival. But this requires society to support the moral and ethical position that all species have an inherent right to exist.”
In an effort to assist Microsoft has produced a new software allowing the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) to track and model ecosystems much more easily and efficiently.
Spoon-billed sandpiper – Eurynorhynchus pygmeus. Image credit Wikimedia
See the list of the 100 most Endangered animals and plants: Dailymail, Telegraph