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William Wordsworth, poet, 1770-1850

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Saturday, 23 June 2012

IUCN 2012 update

Level: Advanced / C1

Here is an article about the latest update of the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
Read the article and then answer the following questions:
1) What is the IUCN?
2) How many species were assessed?
3) What is the world's largest venomous snake?
4) How many people depend on coral reefs for food, coastal protection and their livelihoods?
5) Why are invasive species a problem?

Answers below!


1) The International Union for Conservation of Nature
2) 63,837
3) The King Cobra Ophiophagus hannah
4) More than 275 million people
5) They are a threat to food security, human and animal health, and to biodiversity

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