Extinction Horizon: Species Dying Off 10 Times Faster Than Scientists Expected

Earth by Brandonc

Experts warn the the sixth great extinction is coming with species dying 10 times faster than biologists first expected.

Stuart Pimm, of Duke University, is the lead researcher of the landmark project and believes humans must act now to slow down the process.

He said: “We are on the verge of the sixth extinction.

“Whether we avoid it or not will depend on our actions.”

The study, which was published in the journal Science, looks at the death rate of species becoming extinct from Earth.

It found that now 1000 out of one million species become extinct each year, which was higher than the 100 species they originally estimated.

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3 thoughts on “Extinction Horizon: Species Dying Off 10 Times Faster Than Scientists Expected”

  1. I suggest we gather at least 8 to 12 male/female groups and re-establish them on islands somewhere. The idea being a zoo of animals in their natural environment specifically set up to preserve these animals for future generations. Every species that is in danger of extinction needs to be included. It will take many islands to accomplish these small places where the species may be preserved.

    AS the species reproduces, we replace them back into the original environment if possible. We do this by culling the herds and the families of predators.
    The couples need to be a little bit more than a stone’s throw from the family tree. Any time we put animals together that reproduce from cousins or nearer, we have a lot of deaths. So the breeding program must be one that encourages mating as far from the animal’s heritage as possible.

  2. I disagree with the experts. I think we are looking at a super heat and cold conductor in Carbon Dioxide. That means that things will get colder not warmer. At least for a few years. If it is 150 degrees below zero fahrenheit at the north pole and 100 at the equator, the two will average out.
    We have had to rescue at least one animal this winter because of high snows and severe temperatures in January and February of this year. Our water table is now back to normal after 50+ inches of snow. Those are extremes not actual temperatures. I use them only to show where things are coming from. The animals are at risk because of these extreme temperature weather in the last couple of years.
    Increases in the number of breathing animals also raises the Carbon Dioxide over an entire planet.
    Decreases in plants is the main factor in Oxygen going down. We need to preserve that balance at any cost. The midwest is almost back to normal if there is a normal. I suggest the very cold winter will be followed by 3-4 months of extreme hot temperatures both here and in the deep south.
    BP had an oil spill in the gulf years ago. I suggest the water tension changed preventing the water from getting to the entire South and West of this country.
    The other problem is oil entered the Gulf Stream, slowing and cooling it down, so Europe has had enormous problems caused by the weather as well. All of this effects the animal environment.
    The trick is going to be doing all this with a minimum effect on the economic environment and production of food.

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