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State trying to protect Atlantic sturgeon

May 14th, 2012 | By

Atlantic sturgeon — large, angular fish that can be 12 to 14 feet long, weigh 300 to 400 pounds and live 50 to 100 years — have became one of the newest additions to the federal Endangered Species List, qualifying them for greater protection and restoration efforts. The Day of New London reports.

19,000 Species Now in Danger of Extinction, up from 11,000 ten years ago

Jun 18th, 2011 | By

More than 19,000 species of animal and plant are in danger of extinction, up from just over 11,000 in 2000, according to the latest “Red List of Threatened Species” from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

Of those evaluated, nearly one-third are considered “threatened” (critically endangered, endangered or vulnerable). Between 2000 and 2011 the number of species assessed by the IUCN grew by over 60%.