Preventing the Sixth Mass Extinction Requires Dealing With Climate Change

November 19, 2014 12:37 AM

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Preventing the Sixth Mass Extinction Requires Dealing With Climate Change

Last week the United States and China signed a landmark agreement to combat climate change. This is an important step in guarding against even more damage from rising seas that threaten major cities, increasingly common and severe storms that devastate lives and property, wildfires, drought, and the huge economic costs that already are mounting from climate catastrophes.

However, from my perspective as a paleontologist who has spent decades studying the impacts of climate change, both before and after people got into the act, there is an even bigger reason to forge global climate agreements. Allowing the climate change we're now causing to continue would virtually g...

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