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Thursday 7 December 2023 Dublin: 11°C

# extinction

This year
Scientists warn humanity could lose up to half of future medicines through plant extinctions
British scientists want all newly described species to be classed as threatened unless proven otherwise.
AI poses 'extinction' risk to humanity if it grows too advanced, experts say
A statement signed by dozens of specialists said tackling the risks from AI should be ‘a global priority’ as important as preventing ‘pandemics and nuclear war’.
Last year
€17 million needed to save Ireland’s most threatened birds says BirdWatch Ireland
The organisation says that several ground nesting birds are at risk of extinction without funding for conservation schemes.
All time
Fish brought back from extinction with help from UK zoo
More than 1,500 tequila fish have now been returned to the Teuchitlan River, south-west Mexico.
Komodo dragon and two in five shark species in danger of becoming extinct
About 28% of the 138,000 species assessed by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature are now at risk of vanishing.
Earth has lost more than one quarter of land-dwelling insects in the past 30 years
Insects are disappearing at a rate of just under 1% a year with much variation from place to place.
Extinction Rebellion activist arrested following 'bloody' protest outside Dublin's Clayton hotel
An Garda Síochána said it responded to a “theft incident” at a hotel in the Dublin at approximately 1.30pm.
Over 500 plant species became extinct in the past 250 years, new study finds
A new study has found that plant extinction is occurring up to 500 times faster than ‘natural’ rates.
'We should not let them go extinct': A conservation officer at the Botanic Gardens on how we can help save the planet
Following a UN report and Ireland’s declaration of a climate emergency, why is biodiversity crucial to the survival of our planet?
What does the Dáil's declaration of a climate emergency actually mean?
Green Party leader Eamon Ryan said this move will put pressure on the government to be more ambitious with its policies.
'We're in trouble': Landmark UN report details unprecedented decline in nature
Over one million animal and plant species are now at risk of extinction.
Last male northern white rhino dies in Kenya
Scientists have gathered his genetic material and are working on techniques to preserve the subspecies.
'It's about how we speak and live': How rap music is saving languages on the brink of extinction
From Norwegians to Native Americans, people are using rap music to keep indigenous language alive.
New plan to stop extinction of corncrake in Ireland
The bird used to be widespread in Ireland but is now only found along the north coast of Donegal and in the west of Mayo and Connemara.
Cheetahs are heading towards extinction thanks to human impact
Cheetah numbers in Zimbabwe have plunged by more than 85% in 16 years.
Experts warn giraffes face 'silent extinction' as population substantially drops
The species population has dropped around 40% in the past 30 years.
New study finds last woolly mammoths died of thirst
Mammoths lived on Alaska’s St Paul Island in the Bering Sea until about 5,600 years ago.
Sharks in South Africa that regularly maul people are now facing extinction
Shark nets, ocean pollution and baited hooks are being blamed for the dwindling numbers.
This scientist would happily kick a panda to death... but only to save another species
Poor pandas.
'We'll depopulate - and very, very quickly the island will be gone'
The people of Inis Meáin are campaigning hard to get a second teacher for their primary school – but so far their protests are falling on deaf ears.
Bad news: the human race is at risk of extinction
Which is less than ideal.
Gingers could go extinct due to warming temperatures
Who are the Viking tour going to shout at now?
Despite what you may have heard, great white sharks are NOT at risk of extinction
“If something is wrong with the largest, most powerful group in the sea, then something is wrong with the sea, so it’s a relief to find they’re in good shape.”
CNN newsreader says humans 'hunted dildo into extinction'
The poor thing didn’t stand a chance. *sniff*
Scientists want to bring 22 animals back from extinction
No, seriously.
Demand for exotic pets pushes species to brink
For every endangered animal in a pet shop or home – ten others could have died during capture or transportation.
10 animals that were hunted to extinction
It has emerged that the Tasmanian tiger – the last of which died in 1936 – was wiped out by human actions rather than an unknown disease.
UK has a 'plan bee' to re-introduce extinct species
Bees from Sweden to be released into British countryside as Irish centre warns that some Irish bee species under threat…
Native Irish mammals in danger of extinction - study
The Irish hare, red squirrel and red deer are all in danger of being wiped out by invasive foreign species, according to new research.
Extinction of ocean life is ‘speeding up’
Different environmental factors are combining to accelerate the process of extinction in the oceans.