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Extinction news

A fifth of the world\’s known mammals, a third of its amphibians, more than a quarter of its reptiles and up to 70% of its plants are under threat of extinction according to the red list of threatened species, the latest annual survey compiled by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

Well, yes and no.

The truth is:

The IUCN estimates that nearly 17,300 of the world\’s 47,677 assessed species are under threat of extinction.

Still a hugely high number and so on however, what they\’re actually saying is that one fifth of the mammals they\’ve included in their list are in danger of extinction. For the total number of species, 17k out of that 47k.

But the actual number of species is somewhere between 1.5 million and 100 million.

3 thoughts on “Extinction news”

  1. Brian, follower of Deornoth

    So they just need to trim another 30,000 species off the list and practically everything will be in danger of extinction.

  2. Evolutionists tell us that >99.5% of all species which ever lived are extinct.

    17300 in danger out of 47700 extant? There’s nothing to see here; move along please. Clearly, this is all in the nature (sorry) of things?

  3. “what they’re actually saying is that one fifth of the mammals they’ve included in their list are in danger of extinction.”

    Their list includes 5,490 mammals. Wikipedia has the total number of mammalian species as approximately 5,400. So yes, they really are saying 21% of all known mammals are endangered.

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