Animals and plants now dying out faster than ever

By Mieke Vlok
02 June 2014

New studies show plants and animals are now dying out 10 times faster than what researchers initially predicted.

Scientists at Duke University in America studied the rate at which species die out to come up with a death graph.

Researchers say if species continue to die out so fast it will result in the Earth’s sixth mass extinction

The biggest causes of the increased rate are destruction of the natural habitat in which species live and human intervention in Nature.

This doesn’t only make the environments in which animals used to live uninhabitable, but also leads to animals becoming more desperate and competitive, and the extinction of indigenous species.

Examples of animals under threat because of this phenomenon are the wild marmoset monkey and the white-tip shark.

Researchers at the university say if species continue to die out so fast it will result in the Earth’s sixth mass extinction.

In the past enormous meteorites caused extinction.

Researchers say new technology makes it easier to identify threatened species and preventative measures can therefore be taken more quickly.

Source: Huffington Post

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