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|... [T]he International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has published its latest Red List detailing the ongoing threats to biodiversity on the planet. The IUCN assessed a total of 63,837 plant and animal species around the globe which revealed 19,817 of that number are currently threatened with extinction with 3,947 described as 'critically endangered' - the final classification prior to extinction. A further 5,766 are 'endangered,' while more than 10,000 species are listed as 'vulnerable.' 'Sustainability is a matter of life and death for people on the planet. A sustainable future cannot be achieved without conserving biological diversity ... not only for nature itself but also for all seven billion people who depend on it'... '(The latest report) is a clarion call to world leaders gathering in Rio to secure the web of life,' Marton-Lefevre added.|
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