Earth could face sixth mass extinction within 100 years | The Independent

“Derek Tittensor, a marine ecologist at a UN conservation monitoring centre in Cambridge, said in the report: “In general the state of biodiversity is worsening, in many cases significantly.”

Current estimates assume that the rate of extinction is anything from 0.01 per cent to 0.7 per cent of all existing species each year. If this were to continue it would constitute a mass extinction, defined as a loss of 75 per cent of species, in the next few hundred years.

It is not a new trend. Over the past 3.5 billion years more than 95 per cent of all species that have populated the earth have died off.

The most recent Red List of Threatened Species, compiled by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, counts around 46,000 critically endangered species, but it is thought that more species could be at risk.”

via Earth could face sixth mass extinction within 100 years | The Independent

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About David Lindsay Jr

David Lindsay is the author of "The Tay Son Rebellion, Historical Fiction of Eighteenth- Century Vietnam," that covers a bloody civil war from 1770 to 1802. Find more about it at TheTaySonRebellion.com, also known as, DavidLindsayJr.com. David Lindsay is currently writing about Climate Change and the Sixth Extinction., as well as singing and performing a "folk concert" on Climate Change and the Sixth Extinction. He can be reached at daljr37(at)gmail.com.
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