24 Aug '11, 8am

How many species are on earth? 8.7 million, says new @UNEPandYou study

How many species are on earth? 8.7 million, says new @UNEPandYou study

Says lead author Camilo Mora of the University of Hawaii and Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada: "The question of how many species exist has intrigued scientists for centuries and the answer, coupled with research by others into species' distribution and abundance, is particularly important now because a host of human activities and influences are accelerating the rate of extinctions. Many species may vanish before we even know of their existence, of their unique niche and function in ecosystems, and of their potential contribution to improved human wellbeing."

Full article: http://unep.org/newscentre/Default.aspx?DocumentID=2649&A...

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