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  • Orangutan eating from Bendang tree An orangutan eats fruit from the crown of a Bendang tree (Borassodendron borneense). Photo: Anne Russon

    IUCN study identifies tree species for climate-resilient reforestation
    07.02.2019

    An IUCN study has identified tree species native to Indonesia’s Kutai National Park that are resilient to climate change and support threatened East Bornean orangutan populations, recommending their use in reforestation efforts. The study was funded by the...
  • Fin Whale Photo: Aqqa Rosing-Asvid (CC BY 2.0)

    Fin Whale, Mountain Gorilla recovering thanks to conservation action – IUCN Red List
    14.11.2018

    Gland, Switzerland, 14 November 2018 (IUCN) – Conservation action has brought renewed hope for the Fin Whale and the Mountain Gorilla, according to today’s update of The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. The Fin Whale has improved in status from Endangered...
  • Wiñay Wayna Orchid Warming temperatures are causing the Wiñay Wayna Orchid to move up mountain slopes, reducing their population size. Photo: Wendy Foden

    Escalating climate change impacts on species prompt IUCN review of emerging field
    11.10.2018

    A major IUCN co-authored paper published today reviews the relatively new field of assessing species’ vulnerability to climate change, as experts warn that time is running out for many species. 
  • Giant tube worms Photo: NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program, Galapagos Rift Expedition 2011

    Draft mining regulations insufficient to protect the deep sea – IUCN report
    16.07.2018

    Regulations under development at the International Seabed Authority (ISA) to manage deep-sea mining are insufficient to prevent irrevocable damage to marine ecosystems and a loss of unique species – many yet to be discovered, an IUCN report warns.
  • © Stewart MacDonald Photo: © Stewart MacDonald

    Australia’s reptiles threatened by invasive species, climate change – IUCN Red List
    05.07.2018

    Gland, Switzerland, 5 July 2018 (IUCN) – Australia’s unique reptiles – including lizards and snakes – face severe threats from invasive species and climate change, with 7% of them threatened with extinction, reveals the latest update of The IUCN Red List of...
  • Asian Small-Clawed Otter Asian Small-Clawed Otters - listed as Vulnerable to extinction on The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species Photo: Nicole Duplaix

    Southeast Asia's appetite for pet otters supplied online
    08.06.2018

    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 8th June 2018—The online pet trade has emerged as a pressing threat to otters in Southeast Asia with a new TRAFFIC-IUCN Otter Specialist Group (OSG) study revealing hundreds of the animals for sale on Facebook and other websites over a...
  • Anastrangalia sanguinolenta. Least Concern. Frédéric Chevaillot Anastrangalia sanguinolenta, assessed as Least Concern. Photo: Frédéric Chevaillot

    Loss of old trees threatens survival of wood-dependent beetles – IUCN Red List
    05.03.2018

    Brussels, 5 March 2018 (IUCN) – Almost a fifth (18%) of European saproxylic beetles assessed so far are at risk of extinction due to ongoing decline in large veteran trees across Europe, a new IUCN report has found.
  • Wild Wheat: Triticum turgidum Wild Wheat: Triticum turgidum Photo: Barbara Ender Jone

    Unsustainable food systems threaten wild crop and dolphin species – IUCN Red List
    05.12.2017

    Tokyo, Japan, 5 December 2017 (IUCN) – Species of wild rice, wheat and yam are threatened by overly intensive agricultural production and urban expansion, whilst poor fishing practices have caused steep declines in the Irrawaddy Dolphin and Finless Porpoise,...
  • Botrychium Simplex (Dwarf Moonwort) assessed as EN Dwarf Moonwort (Botrychium simplex), assessed as Endangered  Photo: Karsten Horn

    Ancient ferns highly threatened in Europe – IUCN Red List
    27.10.2017

    Brussels, 27 October 2017 (IUCN) – A fifth of European fern and lycopod species, a group of vascular plants that underpins healthy ecosystems, are threatened with extinction and declining, as a result of urbanisation and expanding infrastructure, according to...
  • Soft corals in the Beqa Lagoon, Vitu Levu, Fiji Soft corals in the Beqa Lagoon, Vitu Levu, Fiji Photo: IUCN Photo Library / © Klaus Jost

    Paris Agreement only chance for coral reef survival – IUCN
    22.09.2017

    Limiting global warming to below 2°C in line with the Paris Agreement provides the only chance for the survival of coral reefs, warns David Obura, Chair of the International Union for Conservation of  Nature (IUCN)’s Coral Reef Specialist Group, writing...
  • White Ash (Fraxinus americana) White Ash (Fraxinus americana) Photo: The Morton Arboretum

    Once-abundant ash tree and antelope species face extinction – IUCN Red List
    14.09.2017

    North America’s most widespread and valuable ash tree species are on the brink of extinction due to an invasive beetle decimating their populations, while the loss of wilderness areas and poaching are contributing to the declining numbers of five African...
  • Her Excellency Right Honourable President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal Bidya Devi Bhandari IUCN Director General Inger Andersen greets Her Excellency Right Honourable President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal Bidya Devi Bhandari during her visit to IUCN Headquarters in Gland, Switzerland 16 June 2017. Photo: IUCN/Mark Gnadt

    President of Nepal visits IUCN to strengthen future collaboration
    16.06.2017

    President of Nepal Bidya Devi Bhandari met with Inger Andersen, Director General of IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, today at the organisation’s headquarters in Gland, Switzerland to discuss opportunities for enhanced collaboration...
  • Coral reef in Roatán, Honduras Coral reef in Roatán, Honduras Photo: Noel Wingers

    Overfishing, reef decline threaten greater Caribbean and Pacific island fisheries – IUCN reports
    08.06.2017

    Gland, Switzerland, 8 June 2017 (IUCN) – Overfishing and the degradation of coral reefs across the Caribbean and Pacific islands are pushing many fish, including food sources like tunas and groupers, towards extinction, according to two regional Red List...
  • Prionotropis rhodanica (Crau Plain Grasshoppper) Photo: Axel Hochkirch

    Intensive agriculture and wildfires threaten over a quarter of Europe’s grasshoppers and crickets
    09.02.2017

    Over a quarter of European grasshopper, cricket and bush cricket species are being driven to extinction by unsustainable agricultural practices and the growing frequency of wildfires in Europe, a new IUCN report has found.   
  • Giraffe The giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis) is now threatened with extinction. Photo: IUCN Photo Library © Alicia Wirz

    New bird species and giraffe under threat – IUCN Red List
    08.12.2016

    Cancun, Mexico, 8 December 2016 (IUCN) – Over 700 newly recognised bird species have been assessed for the latest update of The IUCN Red List of Threatened SpeciesTM, and 11% of them are threatened with extinction. The update also reveals a devastating...

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