Humans Responsible for Mass Extinction
Paleontologists from 21 countries gathered in Beijing recently to discuss decreasing bio-diversity on Earth and how humans may be responsible for the sixth mass extinction event in Earth’s history. The article is available here, but unfortunately it’s fairly ambiguous and slim on details of the meeting or the overall conclusions of all scientists involved. About 15,000 species are disappearing, more rapidly than any time in history, according to the 2004 global species survey issued by the World Conservation Union (ICUN). Figures published in nature, a leading scientific journal, indicated that about one million land organisms would disappear in half a century.
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