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60% of the animals from the Red Book are disappearing due the agriculture

60% of the animals from the Red Book are disappearing due the agricultureAccording to a study by an international team of scientists, three quarters of the species in the world are endangered, in danger due to excessive extermination and conversion of their habitat to farmland.

The team from the University of Queensland, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has collected information on 8,600 species listed in the Red Book. The researchers found that 72% of them are in danger because of over-exploitation (excessive harvesting of animals that can not be compensated by their natural reproduction), 62% of species threatened due to agricultural activity.

One only agriculture threatens about 5,400 species. These include cheetahs, African wild dogs and Sumatran otters Asia. Illegal hunting reduces the population of all types of rhinos and elephants, gorillas and the western Chinese dinosaurs. Other threats affecting much smaller species, such hohlach (animal family seal) are in danger because of climate change, which ranks 7th among 11 examined in the study threats.
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