• African elephant Elephants are among the threatened species groups most affected by climate change Photo: © Jennifer Cachola CC BY-ND 2.0

    Climate change is hitting species hard – we should keep an eye on the most vulnerable


    Climate change is already affecting many threatened birds and mammals, with some species much more vulnerable to rising temperatures than others, according to a recent study co-authored by IUCN SSC Climate Change Specialist Group (IUCN SSC CCSG)...

  • Western gray whale in Sakhalin Western gray whale in Sakhalin Photo: Yuri Yakovlev

    IUCN and Sakhalin Energy renew their commitment to protect western gray whales


    An independent scientific panel created to protect critically endangered western gray whales in the Russian Far East will continue to monitor activities and provide recommendations to industry in the region for the next five years, according to IUCN.

  • Asian common toad (Duttaphrynus melanostictus), Viet Nam Photo: Peter Nijenhuls Flickr CC BY NC ND 2.0

    Invasive alien species on the rise worldwide


    Invasive alien species are on the rise worldwide and their numbers show no sign of slowing down despite global efforts to address the challenge, according to a study published in Nature Communications by an international team of researchers, including members...

  • Western Gray Whale Photo: David Weller

    Efforts to save western gray whales featured on Marine Mammals Day in Russia


    On the eve of World Day of Marine Mammal Protection (Whales Day) in Russia, IUCN, WWF and the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) released the Russian version of a joint report that examines how an IUCN-led independent scientific panel has...

  • Prionotropis rhodanica (Crau Plain Grasshoppper) Photo: Axel Hochkirch

    Intensive agriculture and wildfires threaten over a quarter of Europe’s grasshoppers and crickets


    Over a quarter of European grasshopper, cricket and bush cricket species are being driven to extinction by unsustainable agricultural practices and the growing frequency of wildfires in Europe, a new IUCN report has found.   

  • Fishing vessels, Accra, Ghana  The artisanal sector dominates fishing employment throughout the region. Photo: © Beth Polidoro

    Overfishing threatens food security off Africa’s western and central coast as many fish species in the region face extinction – IUCN report


    Many marine fish species – including the Madeiran sardine – are in danger of global extinction due to overfishing along the coast of western and central Africa, threatening food security in the region, according to the Eastern Central Atlantic Red List of...

  • Serpentine sunflower (Helianthus exilis)  Photo: © David A. Hofmann

    IUCN-Toyota partnership delivers new knowledge for biodiversity and food security


    The extinction threat to wild cereals, fruit-bearing plants and other ‘wild crop relative’ species was assessed for the first time for the latest IUCN Red List update, as part of a partnership between IUCN and Toyota Motor Corporation. The partnership, which...

  • The thirteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP13) took place from 4-17 December 2016 in Cancun, Mexico. Photo: © IUCN

    UN Biodiversity Conference 2016: Compromise with a pinch of salt


    With less than four years remaining to implement the biodiversity plan agreed by world governments in 2010, IUCN calls for continued efforts to achieve the Aichi biodiversity conservation targets, as the UN biodiversity conference closes in Cancún, Mexico....

  • Giraffe The giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis) is now threatened with extinction. Photo: IUCN Photo Library © Alicia Wirz

    New bird species and giraffe under threat – IUCN Red List


    Cancun, Mexico, 8 December 2016 (IUCN) – Over 700 newly recognised bird species have been assessed for the latest update of The IUCN Red List of Threatened SpeciesTM, and 11% of them are threatened with extinction. The update also reveals a devastating...

  • IUCN DG at CBD CoP13 IUCN Director General Inger Andersen gives IUCN's statement to the Thirteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD CoP13) in Cancun, Mexico, 5 December 2016. Photo: IUCN/Mark Gnadt

    IUCN addresses CBD CoP 13 on the urgency of increasing efforts to protect biodiversity


    Today, IUCN Director General Inger Andersen delivered the following statement to the Thirteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD CoP13) in Cancun, Mexico. In the statement, IUCN urges Parties to the...


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