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June 02, 2020 - The Indian EXPRESS

Explained: What is the ongoing sixth mass extinction?

Explained: What is the ongoing sixth mass extinction?
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Researchers have described the sixth mass extinction, or the Anthropocene extinction, as the “most serious environmental problem”, since the loss of species here will be permanent.

The ongoing sixth mass extinction may be one of the most serious environmental threats to the persistence of civilisation, according to new research published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS).

The research claims that this extinction is human-caused and is more immediate than climate destruction. “Even though only an estimated 2% of all of the species that ever lived are alive today, the absolute number of species is greater now than ever before. It was into such a biologically diverse world that we humans evolved, and such a world that we are destroying,” the study says.

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