22 Sep '12, 9am

Humans have set in motion a "grand-scale extermination" of life on Earth:

Humans have set in motion a "grand-scale extermination" of life on Earth:

Staggeringly, of the nearly 64,000 species currently on the International Union for Conservation of Nature's latest Red List of Threatened Species , nearly 20,000 are considered to be hurtling toward extinction: 41 percent of the amphibians, 30 percent of the conifers, 25 percent of the mammals, and 13 percent of the birds. Our epoch, the Holocene, is hosting what many scientists believe to be the world's sixth mass extinction. Scientists recently predicted that were we to lose all of these threatened species in the next 100 years -- as a result of habitat loss, climate change, invasive species takeovers, and hunting -- we would be on track to lose 75 percent of all known species within a few hundred more. As the party responsible for setting in motion this grand-scale extermination, we humans now face the terrifying question of what to do about it.

Full article: http://www.onearth.org/article/live-or-let-die

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