Endangered Species Weekend 2

Alex Kirby, BBC correspondent, wrote an interesting article addressing endangered species. In the article “Dying species ‘endangering’ Earth,” Kirby quotes conservationist Dr. Richard Leakey in comparing today’s extinction rates as “approaching a point similar to mass extinction” to the death of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago. According to the article, we are “losing between 50,000 and 100,000 species every year.” On the other end, Leakey speaks objectively stating “We don’t actually know how many species there really are on the planet.”

My response to this particular article was indecisive. I wanted to learn more. It’s scary to believe that the possibility of losing “55%…of earth’s species over the next century” is an accurate presumption. There were contradictions among scholars and scientists in the accuracy of the extinction rates, but one continuing factor stating “They’re on the brink.” I don’t believe the article to be persuaded by politics or money, but simply an alert that something needs to be done and now. 

View article here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/1507866.stm

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