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'The Cause Is Us': World on Verge of Sixth Extinction


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'The Cause Is Us': World on Verge of Sixth Extinction

Andrea Germanos, staff writer

A new study showing that the human activity has driven current rates of species extinction to 1,000 times faster than the natural rate is "alarming" and "should be a clarion call" to work towards greater conservation efforts, an environmental group charges.

The study, published Thursday by the journal Science and led by conservation expert Stuart Pimm, also warns that without drastic action, the sixth mass extinction could be imminent.