Bye bye, birdie

The Beeb looks at the current increase in extinction rates around the world, wondering to itself if we’re entering the sixth mass extinction of our little blue planet.
The data is a little disturbing, if one is focused just on “life as we know it” rather than “the big picture.” Extinction is part of the natural progression of things as species die out that can no longer adapt. The difference about the current levels of absolute death syndrome is that the sheer volume of us, the human animal, seems to be the driving factor in the pending death of 1/8 of all birds, 13% of all flowering plants and 1/4 of all mammals–just a small breakdown the number of species on the World Conservation Union’s Red List.

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