U.N. report highlights wildlife crisis at home

National Wildlife Federation

Loggerhead sea turtle face the challenges of habitat destruction and climate change. Credit: Cathy Howle.

U.N. report highlights wildlife crisis at home

By National Wildlife Federation

The United Nations just released a frightening new report about rapidly declining wildlife and plant populations around the world, and everyone is talking about it. Here’s how the New York Times just described it: “Humans are transforming Earth’s natural landscapes so dramatically that as many as one million plant and animal species are now at risk of extinction.“

The wildlife crisis that the UN report describes isn’t just a global problem — we’re facing it in our backyards as well. At this moment, one third of all wildlife species in the United States are at increased risk of extinction. There’s no hiding or avoiding this crisis — we have to act now to stop it.

The National Wildlife Federation discusses three American species in decline: Golden-Winged Warblers, Flying Squirrels, and Regal Fritillary Butterflies.

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