It is no great secret that pollution, deforestation, and other aspects of human encroachment are having a dramatic impact on non-human animals. In the US alone, about a million animals are killed by passing motorists every day. And unsurprisingly, earlier this year, over 800 species were added to the threatened categories on the IUCN Red List in a recent update to the world’s most comprehensive list of species conservation statuses. Lemurs and slipper orchids were highlighted in the report from the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, which celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Red List this year.
The assessments now cover 73,686 species, of which 22,103 are labeled as threatened or endangered.
Fortunately, governments around the world and coming up with innovative ways to try and limit humanity's impact on other organisms. The latest episode of MinuteEarth explores some of the most creative and effective solutions.