Warning of Sixth Mass Extinction, Scientists Implore Global Action

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“All signs point to ever more powerful assaults on biodiversity in the next two decades, painting a dismal picture of the future of life, including human life.”

‘Civilization depends utterly on the plants, animals, and microorganisms of Earth that supply it with essential ecosystem services ranging from crop pollination and protection to supplying food from the sea and maintaining a livable climate.’

‘Acknowledging the warnings of researchers wary of “overstating the science in a way that presents the problem as unsolvable,” Ceballos, Ehrlich, and Dirzo insist that their dire message is an urgent call to action, not an expression of doom-and-gloom defeatism.

“The time to act is very short,” Ceballos added.’

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/07/11/warning-sixth-mass-extinction-scientists-implore-global-action

http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2017/07/05/1704949114

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