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News New article highlights the current magnitude of Earth’s ongoing 6th major extinction event

The article is published in the July issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and authored by Gerardo Ceballos, Paul R. Ehrlich & Rodolfo Dirzo.

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Release date 12/07/2017
Contributor mlsusini
Geographical coverage Global,
Keywords conservation, ecosystem services, population extinctions, threatened species,

According to the authors, the population extinction pulse they describe shows, from a quantitative viewpoint, that Earth’s sixth mass extinction is more severe than perceived when looking exclusively at species extinctions. Therefore, humanity needs to address anthropogenic population extirpation and decimation immediately. That conclusion is based on analyses of the numbers and degrees of range contraction (indicative of population shrinkage and/or population extinctions according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature) using a sample of 27,600 vertebrate species, and on a more detailed analysis documenting the population extinctions between 1900 and 2015 in 177 mammal species.

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