We have already begun the world's sixth great extinction. Animal and insect species are dying off at a rapid rate and many other species are
seriously threatened. This has been known about for a number of years among scientists, who pretty much all agree that we have entered a sixth Great
Extinction, the largest since the dinosaurs went extinct. Many scientists and biologists think that this present extinction rate may well exceed what
happened with the dinosaurs.
There are more than 300 links on this page, all of them from reputable sources such as the Worldwatch, National Geographic, Scientific American,
Science, etc. Even the United Nations agrees we are in a major extinction.
From this link, an article from the Washington Post, dated April 21, 1998:
(i.e., the info here has only worsened in the last 10 years since this was published)
"The speed at which species are being lost is much faster than any we've seen in the past -- including those [extinctions] related to meteor
collisions," said Daniel Simberloff, a University of Tennessee ecologist and prominent expert in biological diversity who participated in the
museum's survey. [Note: the last mass extinction caused by a meteor collision was that of the dinosaurs, 65 million years ago.]
Most of his peers apparently agree. Nearly seven out of 10 of the biologists polled said they believed a "mass extinction" was underway, and an
equal number predicted that up to one-fifth of all living species could disappear within 30 years. Nearly all attributed the losses to human activity,
especially the destruction of plant and animal habitats."
You can also google "current mass extinction" and get lots of results with many good articles on this subject.
Here is a table that summarizes which species are threatened, listed by type of species, from 1996 to 2007.
More tables here:
Here is another article, from June 2007:
"While extinction is a normal part of evolution, the current extinction rate is anywhere from 1,000 to 10,000 times higher than at any time over
the past 60 million years. That being the case, I don't think this period of time being called the sixth great extinction is an exaggeration. Some
say that the sixth great extinction will rival the third - 90-95% of all species will vanish over a very short period unless we dramatically change
"...Aside from the loss of beauty and diversity when a singles species becomes extinct, the disappearance of one species can be the trigger for the
vanishing of many more that may be dependent upon it. We are also losing species useful for treating human illness; many we will never know of their
therapeutic value as they are extinct already. Who knows, the cure and vaccination for cancer or AIDS that medicine has been searching so long for may
disappear from our planet.. today."
The circle of life is just that, all things are interconnected. If other animals are seriously threatened, how long until humankind starts to die
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