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Stanford study: Mass extinction looms

Stanford study: Mass extinction looms

With a steadily increasing world population, the issue of protecting wildlife is a concern because more space is being consumed across the globe. Stanford University researchers suggest providing “human-altered landscapes.”

As of today, at least 75% of the world’s land surface is directed affected by humans, which poses a problem for the ecosystem and the overall safety of various species of wildlife. Currently there are 97 critically endangered, endangered, threatened, vulnerable, or near threatened species throughout the world and that number will continue to increase as time goes on.

The study, “Predicting biodiversity change and averting collapse in agricultural landscapes,” was published on April 16 in the journal Nature and coauthored by three Stanford scientists. They projected that half of the Earth’s plants and animals will go extinct over the next century due to human activities and the increasing population.
“Until the next asteroid slams into Earth, the future of all known life hinges on people, more than on any other force,” said the study’s co-author Gretchen Daily in this Stanford University news release.


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