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Planet Earth's Current Mass Extinction Gets Press in Britain ...

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  • AmaNoGawa
    according to the British researchers, Earth MAY recover from ouyr extinction in 5 to 10 million years ... Millennium Twain !!!!! !!!!! !!!!! Fwd:
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 20, 2004
      according to the British researchers, Earth
      MAY recover from ouyr extinction in 5 to 10 million
      years ...


      Millennium Twain


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      Fwd: Excerpted/Adapted From By Jeremy Lovell, Reuters


      Friday, March 19, 2004
       

      LONDON — Fears over Earth's mass species wipe-out -- similar to that
      which destroyed the dinosaurs 65 million years ago -- gained new ground
      Thursday with the publication of two British studies.

      “The world is experiencing a new mass extinction,” Andrew Sugden of
      Science International magazine told a news conference in London. “These
      studies are milestones in global change research.”

      The studies, funded largely by Britain’s Natural Environment Research
      Council, are published in the latest issue of the journal Science.

      Earth has undergone five mass extinctions in the last 600 million
      years, and scientists have speculated for some time that it is in the
      throes of a sixth.

      The two studies of the losses of British butterflies, birds, and plant
      species by Jeremy Thomas of the Center for Hydrology and Ecology in
      southwestern England and Carly Stevens of the Open University give new
      backing for the theory.

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      “The current rates of extinction over recent centuries are A COUPLE OF
      HUNDRED TIMES greater than normal,” Thomas said. “Most ecologists
      accept that we are approaching the rates of extinction seen in the past
      five mass extinctions.”

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      Thomas found that 71 PERCENT OF BUTTERFLY SPECIES AND 54 PERCENT OF
      BIRD SPECIES in Britain had experienced dramatic losses or extinctions,
      while Stevens found numerous plant species had already disappeared or
      were under severe stress.

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      And while all previous mass extinctions had been due to
      extra-terrestrial events, the culprit for the current wipe-out was far
      closer to home.

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      “As far as we an tell, THIS ONE IS CAUSED BY ONE ANIMAL ORGANISM: MAN,”
      Thomas said.

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      Habitat loss and degradation as well as human-made pollution were to
      blame for the steep declines, both scientists said.

      Thomas said that while it was a giant leap to extrapolate from the
      findings on 58 species of butterflies in Britain to the millions of
      species across the world, it was justifiable.

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      While it was true that in the cases of the previous five mass
      extinctions life had bounced back strongly, IT HAD DONE SO OVER 5
      MILLION TO 10 MILLION YEARS. That is the blink of an eye in geological
      terms but considerably longer when viewed against human life
      expectancy,  said Thomas.
       

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