Tagged IUCN

SHE’S NOT ALONE

— the EDGE program, which stands for “evolutionarily distinct and globally endangered,” is a unique conservation program in that it seeks focal species not based on the potential for dollars raised or articles written or instagram followers secured, but on the desire to preserve, as far as possible, distinct evolutionary branches that are in danger of being chopped off. read : the way we decide which endangered species to conserve

PROGRESS FOR BIG INDICATORS

— fin whales, once hunted to the brink of extinction, have been upgraded from endangered to vulnerable, according to a report published this week by the international union for the conservation of nature (iucn). read : fin whales removed from global list of endangered species more: fin whales back from brink of extinction thanks to conservation efforts more : scientists count whales from space

— WHAT DOES IT MEAN?

— “we packaged the product as a responsive web application. the product is currently being developed by IUCN for release later in the year”.   the modern human team comes from diverse backgrounds in anthropology, psychology and behavioural sciences; architecture, product design, service design, interaction design and interior design; data science, technology and business management. read more : redesigning the biggest list of endangered species in the world

A CAGED MOTHER’S LOVE

— “i hope that this birth will help us highlight the plight of orangutans in the wild and that with the support of the public we can continue to work to ensure a better future for this precious species” read article : three-day old endangered bornean orangutan is cradled by watchful mother

RIGOROUSLY OBJECTIVE?

— an approach like this one can help modernize the classification system, what the authors are doing, it’s almost like a plea for more data and more information to make better and clearer and more accurate assessments of where species are living. the researchers believe that their finding probably extends to mammals and amphibians as well. read article : is the endangered species list missing hundreds of species of birds?  

THE VALUE OF NATIVE BEES

— population declines among wild bees are much more difficult to document than those in honey bees, which are for the most part managed commercially and whose numbers are carefully tracked by beekeepers. read article : bumble bee is proposed for U.S. endangered species status

A RECLASSIFICATION

— giant pandas, along with tibetan eastern gorilla, moved off the endangered list and the species is now listed as vulnerable. the panda has benefited from years of targeted conservation efforts that have preserved its forest habitat. still, the iucn warns that climate change will threaten more than a third of the species’ bamboo habitat in the next 80 years without expanded conservation efforts. read article : gorillas face greater threat while pandas move off ‘endangered’ species list

A GENTLE GIANT’S NEXT LEVEL

— the iucn is the most comprehensive and recognized listing of the status of species in the world. the list categories range from least concern (lu), meaning the species is still widespread and abundant, to extinct (e), meaning there are no known individuals still existing, whether in the wild or in captivity. the whale shark was previously classified as vulnerable (vu), this next level, endangered (en), kicks this status up to a high risk of extinction. read article  it’s official: ‘butanding’ an endangered species