Natural World Review 2016: The Hottest Year on Record & Two Thirds of Species Could Decline in Half a Century ( Part 2)

After months of build-up the United States finally made its choice. Donald Trump has made his thoughts on the Paris climate agreement clear.  So, what will the most powerful job in the world do now? We all wait with baited breath. However, president Obama has recently passed legislation which prevents the USA from drilling for new oil and gas in the Artic and Atlantic Ocean. This could make it difficult for Donald Trump.

Recently it was revealed that cheetahs are facing decline due to habitat loss, rising human population, conflict with farmers and poaching. ‘Disappearing Spots: The global decline of cheetah and what it means for conservation’, published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of science journal, estimated that around 7,100 cheetahs now remain across Africa and only 50 or less in Iran.  Sadly, it isn’t just cheetahs facing this fate, giraffes are giving reason for concern also.  They are described as vulnerable in the new list by the International Union for Conservation of Nature – the Red list of Threatened Species.  

On a more positive note, in 2016, 24 countries and the European Union have protected 1.57000sq km (60,000 sq. miles) of the Southern Ocean. This is significant as this area is species rich and is home to many key species, such as krill, whales, and seals. In the region of greater Mekong, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam, 163 new species were discovered, which includes the rainbow-headed snake and Gekko bonkowski. Closer to home, the beaver has native species status after their release in the western and southern highlands of Scotland.

Finally, more younger people watched Planet Earth two this year than The X Factor. This shows that young people are more ecologically aware than ever before.



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