Island flora and fauna under threat
Plants and animals living on islands are the unfortunate stars of the new Red List of the world's most threatened species, released today by the World Conservation Union (IUCN).
Invasive species — such as goats, pigs, cats and rats — are the biggest threat to island wildlife, the list confirms.
Worldwide, more than 12,000 species now fall into the three categories closest to extinction: vulnerable, endangered and critically endangered. The list is growing as situations worsen, but also as information improves.