Here on Saving The West we’ve reported about some of the different animals that are facing threats of extinction, like wolves and giraffes. Recent years have seen some of the highest numbers of endangered species that are at risk of extinction However, new research, published in PLOS Biology, reveals that the threat of extinction is especially real for well over 1,000 species that were recently assessed.

As The Guardian reports, the study found that more than 1,200 species globally face what the research describes as almost certain extinction. As The Guardian continues:

Scientists working with Australia’s University of Queensland and the Wildlife Conservation Society have mapped threats faced by 5,457 species of birds, mammals and amphibians to determine which parts of a species’ habitat range are most affected by known drivers of biodiversity loss.

The project is from the same team of researchers that found just five countries are responsible for 70% of the world’s remaining wilderness.

The new research, published in PLOS Biology, maps “hotspots” where species are most affected by threats such as agriculture, urbanisation, night lighting, roads, rail, waterways and population density, and “coolspots” that provide refuge from these threats.

They said most concerning was their finding that 1,237 species – nearly a quarter of the animals assessed – were affected by threats across more than 90% of their distribution. The situation was worse for 395 species, or 7%, which were found to be affected by at least one relevant threat across their entire habitat range.

Read the full story in The Guardian.

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