Article by Stephanie Pappas (June 1, 2014) reposted from Business Insider
Species on Earth are going extinct at least 1,000 times faster than they would be without human influence, new research finds. But there’s still time to save the world from this biodiversity disaster.
Between 100 and 1,000 species per million go extinct every year, according to the new analysis. Before humans came on the scene, the typical extinction rate was likely one extinction per every 10 million each year, said study researcher Stuart Pimm, a Duke University biologist.
These numbers are a big increase from the previous estimates, which held that species were going extinct 100 times faster than usual, not 1,000 times faster or more, Pimm told Live Science. But despite the bad news, he said, his research is “optimistic.” Read Entire Article…