“Mutilating the tree of life”: Wildlife loss accelerating, scientists warn

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Date of Publication: September 19

Year of Publication: 2023

Publication City: London, UK

Publisher: The Guardian

Author(s): Patrick Greenfield

Study finds species groups are going extinct 35 times faster than the previous million years because of human activity.

Groups of animal species are vanishing at a rate 35 times higher than average due to human activity, according to researchers, who say it is further evidence that a sixth mass extinction in Earth’s history is under way and accelerating.

Scientists analysing the rate at which closely related animal species have gone extinct in the past 500 years have found they would have taken 18,000 years to vanish in the absence of humans, and the rate at which they are being lost is increasing.

The study, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that at least 73 mammal, bird, reptile and amphibian species groupings have gone extinct since 1500.

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