Wildlife Crisis Worse Than Economic Crisis, Says IUCN

There's a new report out on the state of the world's creatures. It's called the Red List of Threatened Species. And, as you can imagine, the Red List is not a good list to be on. Mark Brush has more.

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There's a new report out on the state of the world's creatures. It's called the Red List of Threatened Species. And, as you can imagine, the Red List is not a good list to be on. Mark Brush has more:

This report is put out by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. They cataloged about 45,000 species worldwide. They say about 38% of those are threatened with extinction.

Species sometimes naturally go extinct. But, the researchers say, today's extinction rates are happening a lot faster - mostly because people are destroying habitat.

Jean-Christophe ViÈ is the senior editor of the report.

"If you think of nature as a company, it's the largest in the world. So now we are in this economic crisis, if there was one company to save, it's not the car industry, or saving a bank - it's saving nature, because it's for the benefit of all of us."

ViÈ says they were only able to report on about 3% of all the known species around the world.

But, they still feel they have a pretty good idea of the overall trend. And it's not a good trend.

For The Environment Report, I'm Mark Brush.

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