Climate Change Is Threatening Komodo Dragons, Earth’s Largest Living Lizards

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In this photograph taken in 2010, a Komodo dragon prowls the shore of Komodo island, the natural habitat of the world’s largest lizard.

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A zebra shark swims at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, Calif., in 2012. The zebra shark is considered «endangered» by the IUCN.

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A photo taken in 2014 shows a vendor holding an albacore for sale in the auction house at the Sydney Fish Market in Sydney.

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A photo taken in 2014 shows a vendor holding an albacore for sale in the auction house at the Sydney Fish Market in Sydney.

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«These Red List assessments are proof that sustainable fisheries approaches work, with enormous long-term benefits for livelihoods and biodiversity,» said Dr. Bruce Collette, chair of the IUCN Species Survival Commission’s Tuna and Billfish Specialist Group. «Tuna species migrate across thousands of kilometres, so coordinating their management globally is also key.»

Still, the group says many regional tuna populations remain significantly depleted due in part to overfishing.

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