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Global extinction crisis: With more than a million species at risk, politicians must stop backtracking on environmental

Scientists at the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland are working to save species such as the Scottish capercaillie and Himalayan wolf
more than a million species at risk of extinction, our planet’s life-support system is in crisis and the time to act is now. Globally, extinction rates are at least 100 times higher than ‘normal’ background rates. In Scotland, 49 per cent of species have declined in number and a staggering one in nine species is threatened with extinction. Some species are gone from Scotland completely and many are on life support.

At the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS), we have pledged to reverse the decline of at least 50 species over the next decade. So far this year, we have reached important milestones with our native species work. This includes the first release of wildcats into the Scottish Highlands as part of the Saving Wildcats project and releases of invertebrates, like pine hoverflies and dark-bordered beauty moths, in the Cairngorms.

Although we are making great progress with partners to safeguard and restore wildlife in Scotland and around the world, this needs to be considered and supported at a government level. The Scottish Government’s biodiversity strategy must identify and commit to specific actions with measurable targets, focusing on the three levels of biological diversity: ecosystems, species and genes.

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    • George Kariuki

      43 w

      The time to act is indeed now.

      • Princess

        43 w

        This is a critical concern, politicians need to take a stand and prioriotize environmental protection.

        • mercy nduta

          43 w

          These politicians must act now!

          • Joyce Waturu

            43 w

            The conservation effort is worthwhile.

            • zelda ninga

              43 w

              Why am I not amazed about Scotland?

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