Climate change or human activities? Scientists debate threats to Komodo dragons – Indonesia


Rifki Nurfajri (The Jakarta Post)


Jakarta ●
Fri, October 1, 2021

The recent decision by the Swiss-based organization, the International Union for Conservation (IUCN), to list the Komodo dragons, the world’s largest living lizards, as one of the world’s endangered species, should be examined more closely, Indonesian scientists said.

The IUCN, in the latest edition of the “Red List of Threatened Species” published in early September, placed the Komodo dragons in danger of extinction, which the organization reserves for endangered species in the wild.

IUCN has estimated that the change in status – the first in 25 years since the organization deemed the species to be “vulnerable”, a notch below its current status, in 1996 – could be attributed to the sea ​​level rise caused by climate change, which is expected to reduce viable Komodo dragon habitat by 30 percent in t …

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