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'The Cause Is Us': World on Verge of Sixth Extinction | Common Dreams

From: Doug K.
Sent on: Saturday, May 31, 2014 7:19 AM
Species loss soaring at 'pace not seen in tens of millions of years'

A new study showing that the human activity has driven current rates of species extinction to 1,000 times faster than the natural rate is "alarming" and "should be a clarion call" to work towards greater conservation efforts, an environmental group charges.

The study, published Thursday by the journal Science and led by conservation expert Stuart Pimm, also warns that without drastic action, the sixth mass extinction could be imminent.

From habitat loss to invasive species to climate change to overfishing, humans are contributing to the plummet in biodiversity.

"This important study confirms that species are going extinct at a pace not seen in tens of millions of years, and unlike past extinction events, the cause is us," stated Noah Greenwald, endangered species director with the Center for Biological Diversity, who was not involved in the study.

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/05/30-4

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