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Save threatened species by focusing on islands first: study

Threatened species, clockwise from top left: Antipodean albatross chick, Polynesian ground dove and the Mona iguana. Photos: Eleanor Briccetti, Marie-Helene and Tommy Hall / Island Conservation

In order to halt species extinction, researchers are suggesting conservation efforts should focus on islands, which hold 41% of the world's known highly threatened vertebrates, per a study published recently in Science Advances.

Why this matters: "Not only are species lost forever, never to be enjoyed or seen again, the decline of biodiversity has also affected human health, economics, food security, etc.," study author and conservation biologist Dena Spatz tells Axios.