The latest Irish Times report on elephant seals highlights the fact that these tiny, aquatic mammals are facing significant threats from a range of human activities, including fishing, hunting and pollution.
According to Greenpeace, many of these impacts are not directly related to the species but are linked to human activity such as fishing, shipping and land-clearing.
As the numbers of the endangered species continue to rise, it is crucial that governments act to protect the species, according to the environmental organisation.
The report comes as the world braces for a potential extinction of the iconic Asian elephant, due to poaching, habitat destruction and habitat loss.
While there are now only a handful of the critically endangered species left in the wild, a small percentage of the world’s remaining populations are threatened with extinction.
In India, an estimated 400 elephants are killed annually by hunters, while there are over 10,000 Asian elephants in captivity in China.
In the Philippines, elephants are being sold to private buyers for their ivory, and there are fears that captive breeding programmes will be halted.
In Africa, elephants have been targeted for sale at a huge profit, with one ivory trader boasting that the demand for ivory in Africa has exceeded $100bn (£74bn) in just a few years.
The impact of these trade schemes has been devastating, with some populations reduced to mere populations, and the majority of those populations have lost all their remaining habitat.
The latest Irish report is one of the first to highlight these dire impacts of trade, highlighting the need for governments to take a proactive role to protect their species.
The Irish Times article also highlighted the impact of climate change on the species.
This report, however, does not address the fact of climate warming itself, which is predicted to become even more intense in the coming decades.
It is expected that temperatures will increase by 1C by 2100, according the latest projections.
The findings of this report, as well as the fact there are more than 7,000 species of elephant in the world, have prompted Greenpeace to call for a global moratorium on all trade in elephant products.
The organisation has also called for the release of captive elephants from their captivity, to be used for research and conservation.
It has also suggested the importation of elephants into other countries, in order to protect them from extinction, which it believes will save millions of lives.
In addition to the threat of poaching, Greenpeace also warned that climate change was causing significant human-caused habitat loss, with many parts of the planet being devastated by rising sea levels.