Endangered species and climate change – what do the red lists tell us:
Red Lists are an important evaluation tool for the threat status of species on global, national or regional level. They reflect the loss of biodiversity at different scales.
Today c. 29% of the assessed species are threatened on the global scale, but only c. 4,8% of the known or c. 1% of the total species number existing on earth have been assessed up to now. According to current Red Lists, only a minority of the species is affected by climate change up to now.
But, there is no doubt that global warming (in combination with other factors) will become an increasingly important threat for species diversity in the future.