Extinction rates higher than thought, but not all gloom and doom

May 29, 2014 11:07 PM

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Extinction rates higher than thought, but not all gloom and doom

A new estimate finds extinction rates to be 10 to 100 times faster than previous estimates. But those involved in the analysis take hope in the sophisticated, public databases of species that have emerged in recent years.

Earth's plants and animals are vanishing at a rate that's 10 to 100 times faster than previous estimates suggested, according to a new analysis of changes to the planet's biodiversity.

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