“Species extinction is rather like death and taxes,” says Stuart Pimm, professor of conservation ecology at Duke University. “They are an inevitable part of life, but you just don’t want them to happen at too great a rate.” He’s responding to the findings released today in the journal Science and announced at the United Nations Biodiversity Summit in Japan, that a fifth of the world’s mammals, birds, reptiles and fish are in imminent danger of extinction. The numbers are especially alarming when you consider that species are dying off at an increasing speed, at about 100 to 1000 times the historical rate. Why this increase in loss? You guessed it… we humans are part of the problem, as we destroy habitat and contribute to climate change.
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