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One in two species at risk in Italy due to poor preservation

Report on biodiversity warns that brown bear, plants in danger

27 February, 16:51
One in two species at risk in Italy due to poor preservation (ANSA) - Rome, February 27 - As many as one in two species is at risk in Italy as their habitats are under stress and State preservation of nature is not always sound, according to a new report released Thursday.

The loss of biodiversity is partly due to natural causes but danger to plants, animals and habitats is primarily posed by human actions, said the report from the Institute for Environmental Protection and Research (Ispra) working with national environment ministry.

It noted that almost 50% of diverse subspecies of brown bears have disappeared, and various species of bats are near extinction due to the use of pesticides.

As well, plant life in Sardinia is at risk from growing tourism and uncontrolled urbanization, said the report that weighed in at more than 300 pages.

It was prepared under direction from the European Union which requires reporting every six years on issues of conservation.

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