Humans spur worst extinction in 65m years

By | March 21, 2006

Humans spur worst extinction in 65m years

“The (UN) report notes Earth’s fish are being harvested faster than their natural replacement rate, water is being withdrawn faster than aquifers are replenished, and the biosphere takes one year and nearly three months to renew what humanity exploits in one year. Other indicators, the GBO says, point to an accelerating decline, that has seen the rates of species extinctions surge to their highest levels since the demise of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago.” – PHYS

“Humans have provoked the worst spate of extinctions since the dinosaurs were wiped out 65m years ago, according to a UN report that calls for unprecedented worldwide efforts to address the slide. The report paints a grim picture of life on earth, with declining numbers of plants, animals, insects and birds across the globe, and warns that the current extinction rate is up to 1,000 times faster than in the past. Some 844 animals and plants are known to have disappeared in the last 500 years.” – GUARDUK

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