Humans Driving Planet’s New Mass Extinction, Say Scientists

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Scientists warn another mass extinction event is underway due to human-made causes. (Photo: ASA Goddard Space Flight Center Image by Reto Stöckli) Scientists warn another mass extinction event is underway due to human-made causes. (Photo: ASA Goddard Space Flight Center Image by Reto Stöckli)

New study finds human-made climate change and habitat loss largely responsible for likely die-off of terrestrial species

Source: www.commondreams.org

by Sarah Lazare

The planet appears to be at the early stages of its sixth mass extinction, and humans are responsible, a new study finds.

Published last week in the journal Science, the study incorporates scientific literature review and data analysis by a team of international scientists, led by author Rodolfo Dirzo, a professor of biology at Stanford.

Scientists say that the Earth has already sustained five mass species die-offs, the most recent having occurred millions of years ago. But unlike the mass extinction events prior, the one likely underway is caused by human-made climate change and habitat loss.

Over 320 vertebrates have gone extinct since 1500, and…

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