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December 05, 2013

Can You Guess Which Country Has the Most Endangered Species?

Scientific American - Posted: December 5th, 2013, 1:41pm EST
p We#8217;re number two! The United States is home to 1,278 species at risk of extinction #8212; the second-highest count worldwide #8212; according to the latest update of the International Union for Conservation of Nature#8217;s Red List of Threatened Species . The update, released last week , brings the total number of species that have been assessed for their extinction risk up to 71,576. Of course, that#8217;s just a fraction of the total world biodiversity, but digging into the IUCN#8217;s numbers reveals some interesting data points, as well as some of the areas where our scientific knowledge still has room for improvement./ppSo let#8217;s look at those numbers. According to IUCN counts, the countries with the highest numbers of species at risk of extinction are Ecuador (2,301), the U.S., Malaysia (1,226), Indonesia (1,206) and Mexico (1,074). India, China, Brazil, Tanzania and Australia round out the top ten; each of those nations has more than 900 species at risk of extinction on the IUCN Red List./p a href=http://www.scientificamerican.com/blog/post.cfm?id=which-country-most-endangered-species[More]/a

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