World's Endangered Species Tops 12,000

The annual 'Red List' catalogues species threatened by extinction and the latest version includes more than 12,000 entries.
November 29, 2003, 9am PST | Chris Steins | @urbaninsight
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"In total, 12,259 species--characterized as critically endangered, endangered or vulnerable -- had the misfortune of making the list. What is more, 762 plant and animal species are recorded as already having gone extinct and 58 remain in existence only in cultivation or captivity... The number of threatened species is increasing, in part, because the number of known species that scientists know about has also gone up."

Thanks to Chris Steins

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Published on Wednesday, November 19, 2003 in Scientific American
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