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Threatened Species (#362 in Issues In Society Series)

Justin Healey (Ed)

Paperback 2013-07-01

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The latest global update of threatened species (IUCN Red List, 2012) assessed a total of 63,837 species, and revealed 19,817 are threatened with extinction. This number includes 41% of amphibians, 33% of corals, 25% of mammals, 13% of birds and 30% of conifers. It is clear the health of the world's biodiversity is greatly under threat, and Australia is no exception, with more than 2000 Australian species featuring on the Red List. Australia's biodiversity is unique and globally significant, with Australia being home to many endemic species of plants and animals which are under increasing threat from multiple fronts: habitat degradation from human activity, clearance of native vegetation, deterioration of soil and water quality, increased dryland salinity, the spread of weeds and feral pests, and climate change. Twenty per cent of Australia's wildlife is classified as threatened. This book examines the confronting global rate of species extinction, and explains the importance of biodiversity conservation. What are Australia's most endangered species; what legal and practical measures is Australia taking to conserve them? Is the planet on the brink of an extinction crisis?

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Publisher Description

The latest global update of threatened species (IUCN Red List, 2012) assessed a total of 63,837 species, and revealed 19,817 are threatened with extinction. This number includes 41% of amphibians, 33% of corals, 25% of mammals, 13% of birds and 30% of conifers. It is clear the health of the world's biodiversity is greatly under threat, and Australia is no exception, with more than 2000 Australian species featuring on the Red List. Australia's biodiversity is unique and globally significant, with Australia being home to many endemic species of plants and animals which are under increasing threat from multiple fronts: habitat degradation from human activity, clearance of native vegetation, deterioration of soil and water quality, increased dryland salinity, the spread of weeds and feral pests, and climate change. Twenty per cent of Australia's wildlife is classified as threatened. This book examines the confronting global rate of species extinction, and explains the importance of biodiversity conservation. What are Australia's most endangered species; what legal and practical measures is Australia taking to conserve them? Is the planet on the brink of an extinction crisis?

Koorong Code382410
ISBN1922084239
EAN9781922084231
DepartmentAcademic
CategoryChristian Worldview
Sub-CategorySocial Issues
PublisherSpinney Press
Publication DateJul 2013
Dimensions0 x 0 x 0mm