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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 14, 2012

Extinct and Endangered Species Interactive Map

The Guardian has an interactive map for endangered species. They report:

Over the past 500 years, human activity is known to have decimated 869 species. Habitat destruction, hunting, alien species, disease and climate change are among the forces responsible for the vulnerability and loss of the 12,000 species on the IUCNs red list of endangered species. With a total of 16,928 plant and animal species at risk, life on Earth is populated by creatures poised at the brink of extinction. Today, one in eight birds, one in four mammals, one in five invertebrates, one in three amphibians, and half of all turtles face extinction.

To see the map which shows species that have gone extinct in recent times and critically endangered species throughout the world go to: The worlds extinct and endangered species – interactive map | Environment | guardian.co.uk.

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