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Earth can face mass extinction: Study

Earth can face mass extinction: Study

HONG KONG: According to a study, Earth could face another mass extinction. Animals on Earth continue to disappear at an alarming rate, which can result in another mass extinction in the next few centuries, the study by journal Nature claims, although researchers are struggling to understand the scale of the problem.
Thousands of animals become extinct every year; pressures on species continue to grow, despite renewed conservation policies across the globe to try and slow the process, and the increasing amount of land and ocean areas being set aside for protection.
“In general the state of biodiversity is worsening, in many cases significantly,” said Derek Tittensor, a marine ecologist with the United Nations Environment Program’s World Conservation Monitoring Center in Cambridge, UK, as quoted by Nature.
The so-called Red List of Threatened Species, compiled by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, discovered that there are 46,000 critically endangered species.
The report found that amphibians are in the greatest danger, with 41 percent of species known to be facing extinction. Second in line are mammals, with 26 percent of species threatened. Thirteen percent of bird species are also in danger of being wiped off the face of the Earth.