Mass species extinctions are accelerating, new report warns

A new study shows that 20% of all species are in danger of extinction by 2050, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

So many species are currently going extinct that it is being marked by scientists as the sixth mass die-off in Earth’s history.

The extinctions threaten human existence, according to a new report co-authored by Peter Raven, president emeritus of the Missouri Botanical Garden.

The report found that if land vertebrates currently close to extinction succumb, the extinction rate by 2050 will be 117 times higher than the normal average.

Raven and his co-authors note that the coronavirus and species extinction are related. This is because the way humans currently interact with the environment heightens vulnerability to infectious disease.

Raven said to avoid catastrophe, climate change needs to be addressed, and more natural land needs to be preserved.

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