The komodo dragon has been placed on the red list of endangered species due to climate change. With a number of tuna species, the International Organization for Nature Conservation (IUCN) announced at its Congress in Marseille, more than a third of shark and rye species are in danger of extinction.
The komodo dragon lives on the Indonesian island of Komodo and some other islands. The largest live lizard species can reach 3 metres long and 90 kilos, which makes the comparison with a dragon imperative. The animal was already on the list of vulnerable species, but as its habitat is expected to decrease 30% due to rising temperatures and sea levels, the dragon is now an endangered species.
Of the 138,374 species on Earth, nearly 30 percent are threatened with extinction. Overfishing threatens 37 percent of 1200 shark and rye species to disappear. That‘s a third more than seven years ago. More than a quarter of mammal species can be extinct and 12 percent in bird species.
But there’s also positive news. The population of four of the seven most fish tuna species shows signs of recovery. Fishing quotas and tackling illegal fishing seem to bear fruit. For example, the Atlantic bluefin tuna, which is heavily processed in sushi and can deliver thousands of euros, is no longer a worrying child. The same goes for white and yellowfin tuna. Southern bluefin tuna is also better, but that species is still under threat.