Monday, February 12, 2024
A recently published report by the UN's Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals reveals that human activities are pushing hundreds of migratory species toward extinction, CNN reported.
Female leatherback turtles, known for their extensive journeys, face fatal threats such as fishing nets, poaching, pollution, and climate-induced changes in sea temperatures.
The report indicates that over one in five of the 1,189 listed creatures are now at risk, spanning various animal groups, with 44% experiencing population declines. The dire state of migratory fish, with 97% facing extinction, is particularly alarming.
The study identifies overexploitation and habitat loss due to human activities as the major threats, fragmenting migratory pathways and hindering complete journeys.
Around 58% of crucial locations for migratory species are under unsustainable human pressure. Climate change and pollution exacerbate the situation, affecting migration patterns and habitats, and leading to potential consequences such as delayed journeys and mass strandings.