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Audio – “It looks bad and this is not good for the world”

October 3, 2007

At least 16,000 species worldwide are threatened with extinction, the head of a global wildlife conservation network told Reuters on Wednesday.

Julia Marton-Lefevre, director general of the World Conservation Union (IUCN)“50% of turtles, 33% of frogs, 25% of mammals and 12% of birds all face a high risk of extinction in the near future,” Julia Marton-Lefevre said at the Reuters Global Environment Summit.

In this audio clip, the director general of the World Conservation Union (IUCN), which publishes an annual “Red List” of threatened species, relates the dangers of extinction to our own immune systems and compares the science of biodiversity today to where climate science was 10 years ago.

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