General Article Earth’s sixth mass extinction event under way, scientists warn

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Researchers talk of “biological annihilation” as study reveals billions of populations of animals have been lost in recent decades.

By Damian Carrington, Environment Editor

A “biological annihilation” of wildlife in recent decades means a sixth mass extinction in Earth’s history is under way and is more severe than previously feared, according to research.

Scientists analysed both common and rare species and found billions of regional or local populations have been lost. They blame human overpopulation and overconsumption for the crisis and warn that it threatens the survival of human civilisation, with just a short window of time in which to act...

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