Tag Archives: International Union for Conservation of Nature

endangered species: Yangtze Fish Nearing Extinction

Yangtze Fish Nearing Extinction

The Chinese sturgeon, considered a “living fossil” due to its 140-million-year history, may not be around for much longer. It is teetering on the brink of extinction, thanks in large part to rising pollution levels and the construction of numerous dams along the Yangtze River it calls home. Only 100 specimens are thought to remain in the wild, and for the first year on record, none reproduced naturally in the river in 2013. Without additional conservation efforts, there is little hope for the future of this ancient creature. More… Discuss

Caribbean Coral Reefs Suffering Dramatic Decline

Caribbean Coral Reefs Suffering Dramatic Decline

If scuba diving in the Caribbean is on your bucket list, you may want to make it happen sooner rather than later. The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) says many of the Caribbean’s coral reefs are in decline and could vanish in the next 20 years. Data suggest that Caribbean coral habitats have declined by more than 50 percent since the 1970s and that this trend will continue if action is not taken to protect these beautiful marine ecosystems. More… Discuss