30 May '14, 3pm

#Species Going #Extinct 1,000x Faster Because of Humans - @CenterForBioDiv @StuartPimm

#Species Going #Extinct 1,000x Faster Because of Humans - @CenterForBioDiv @StuartPimm

A new landmark study , published yesterday in Science, has found that the current rate of species extinctions is more than 1,000 times greater than their natural rate, calculated from the fossil record and genetic data spanning millions of years, according to the Center for Biological Diversity . The new study used the fossil record and genetic data to determine that species of plants and animals are going extinct 1,000 times faster than their natural rate—that is, when humans arrived. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock The primary cause of this dramatic rise in loss of species is human population growth , habitat loss and increased consumption , as well as uncertainties in predicting future extinctions from the spread of invasive species, diseases and climate change . “This important study confirms that species are going extinct at a pace not seen in tens of millions of years...

Full article: http://ecowatch.com/2014/05/30/species-going-extinct-beca...

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