IUCN's credibility critically endangered

@article{Mrosovsky1997IUCNsCC,
  title={IUCN's credibility critically endangered},
  author={Nicholas Mrosovsky},
  journal={Nature},
  year={1997},
  volume={389},
  pages={436-436}
}
  • N. Mrosovsky
  • Published 2 October 1997
  • Environmental Science
  • Nature
The IUCN is the world's main authority on the conservation status of species, so it is important that its recommendations are based on sound and open science. Recent events suggest that this is not always the case. 
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