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June 19, 2014 9:14 AM Subscribe
Study says Earth on brink of mass extinction event
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The new study focused on the rate, not the number
, of species disappearing from Earth. It calculated a "death rate" of how many species become extinct each year out of 1 million species
.Species of plants and animals are becoming extinct at least 1,000 times faster than they did before humans arrived on the scene, and the world is on the brink of a sixth great extinction, a new study says. (Link to Stuart Pimm's study)
The study looks at past and present rates of extinction and finds a lower rate in the past than scientists had thought. Species are now disappearing from Earth about 10 times faster than biologists had believed, said study lead author noted biologist Stuart Pimm of Duke University.
Pimm and Jenkins said there is hope. Both said the use of smartphones and applications such as iNaturalist will help ordinary people and biologists find species in trouble, they said. Once biologists know where endangered species are they can try to save habitats and use captive breeding and other techniques to save the species, they said.