Most threatened

International conservation groups have published a list of the earth’s most threatened 100 animals, plants and fungi and say urgent action is needed to protect them. The species live in 48 countries and include the Tarzan’s chameleon, the spoon-billed sandpiper and the pygmy three-toed sloth.

The Zoological Society of London and the International Union for Conservation of Nature fear the 100 species will die out because they don’t provide humans with obvious benefits and urge action.

Others take the viewpoint that they should not all be saved, one scientist putting forward the idea that all species have an equal right to exist makes as much sense as believing we should bring back dinosaurs and dodos.

The question being put is, ‘priceless or worthless?’.


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