Tag: Extinctions

CSIRO fears new wave of extinctions due to invasive species

Australia is facing a brutal new wave of extinctions but there’s still time to limit how many native species are killed off by foreign invaders, the CSIRO has warned. The national science agency has released a report, Fighting plagues and predators – Australia’s path to a pest and weed-free future, detailing what the country has already lost – and stands to lose in the future – to an army of exotic enemies. The numbers are sobering, both in terms of ecological and financial losses. Invasive species have played a role in wiping out 79 native animals and plants since European settlement.

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The Sixth Extinction & The Third Book – » The Australian Independent Media Network

 

What is particularly concerning about this event is that it is unlike the past five extinction waves which were caused by natural phenomena like asteroid impacts and volcanic eruptions. The Sixth Extinction has been caused by the actions of Mankind. 99% of flora and fauna species currently identified as threatened with extinction have been linked to activities like land clearing, habitat destruction, air and water pollution, and warming induced by human activity.

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