Migratory Species Face Rising Threats- says the UN

According to the first UN expert assessment, more than a fifth of migratory species under international protection are threatened with extinction, including nearly all nomadic fish.

From humpback whales to Dalmatian pelicans, billions of animals journey with the seasons over oceans, on land and in the skies each year. But a new report by the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) has found that many migratory species are at risk of disappearing, threatened by human pollution, the spread of invasive species and the climate crisis.

The assessment of migratory animals under protection from the treaty found that 22% of the 1,189 CMS-listed species are threatened with extinction, and nearly half, 44%, are showing population declines, with many under unsustainable pressure from habitat loss and overexploitation. As much as 97% of sharks, rays and sturgeons on the list face a high risk of extinction, with populations declining by 90% since the 1970s. Read More

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