‘Spark of hope’ amidst biodiversity alarm

An update to the IUCN Red List shows some ‘genuine improvements’ in the status of endangered species.

The list, which rates the species on their conservation status, now includes 10 improvements in the condition of endangered species, including the echo parakeet and two species of fish. A particular success story is the guam rail bird, which is the second bird species in history to recover from extinction in the wild. 

However, 73 species were found to have deteriorated in status. With the COP25 still underway in Madrid, the report highlights a large proportion of Australian freshwater fish species and the short-tail nurse shark as being increasingly at risk from the pressures of climate change.

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