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http://www.aol.com/article/2014/05/29/study-finds-earth-is-on-verge-of-the-6th-extinction/20895209/?icid=maing-grid7%7Chtmlws-main-bb%7Cdl16%7Csec1_lnk3%26pLid%3D482007

Species of plants and animals are becoming extinct at least 1,000 times faster than they did before humans arrived on the scene, and the world is on the brink of a sixth great extinction, a new study says.

The study looks at past and present rates of extinction and finds a lower rate in the past than scientists had thought. Species are now disappearing from Earth about 10 times faster than biologists had believed, said study lead author noted biologist Stuart Pimm of Duke University.

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whitetail
May. 30th, 2014 11:31 pm (UTC)
On the brink? The anthropogenic mass extinction of the Holocene began at the end of the last ice age, when we killed off most of the planet's megafauna. The current rate of extinction is higher simply due to our becoming much more efficient killers: wiping out entire ecosystems, not just individual species.
polaris93
May. 31st, 2014 12:13 am (UTC)
That was my reaction to this article: Hey, we're in the middle of it, or even farther along. The mainstream media tend to reduce their concerns to the here-and-now, as if all history and the world were compressed into this time, and the world as it is now. But it's been going on since around a hundred thousand years ago, though the worst of it started hitting at the end of the last Ice Age, as you point out.
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