There’s a human-caused extinction crisis underway — probably the start of the sixth mass extinction — and denial or indifference to this planetary crisis is “an abrogation of moral responsibility,” according to scientists behind a new study. There’s a human-caused extinction crisis underway — probably the start of the sixth mass extinction — and denial or indifference to this planetary crisis is “an abrogation of moral responsibility,” according to scientists behind a new study. Published last week in the journal Biological Reviews, the assessment by biologists from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa and the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle in Paris finds that the unprecedented rate of species loss is undeniable. The authors reject both the argument that the human-caused loss of species are simply a natural trajectory of life on Earth and that extinction rates are exaggerated. Part of the issue, they say, may rest in a reliance on the “Red List” maintained by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The list, despite assessing more than 120,000 species, covers a mere 5.6% of the more than 2.2 million animal and plant species recognized by taxonomists. In addition to likely underestimating extinctions of those listed, the authors say the compilation is also heavily skewed toward non-marine vertebrates while invertebrates — both on land and in the sea — constitute up to 97% of known animal species. “Including invertebrates was key to confirming that we are indeed witnessing the onset of the sixth mass extinction in Earth’s history,” said lead author Robert Cowie, a research professor at the UH Manoa Pacific Biosciences Research Center in the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology.
From Dr. Vernon Coleman
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