Why large numbers of reptile species face extinction and what that means for our ecosystem | PBS News Weekend

“Globally, about 20 percent of reptile species are facing the threat of extinction. That’s according to a recent study in the scientific journal “Nature.” Geoff Bennett takes a deeper look now at what’s driving this extinction crisis and what it could mean for the rest of the world.”

“Geoff Bennett:

The study also found that if all threatened reptiles were to disappear, the world would lose a combined 15 billion years of evolutionary history.

Bruce Young:

It’ll take a big contribution by governments to kind of change the trajectory we’re on.

Geoff Bennett:

One of the reptiles most at risk is turtles, with nearly 60% of the species facing extinction, and a need of targeted conservation efforts.

Source: Why large numbers of reptile species face extinction and what that means for our ecosystem | PBS News Weekend

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