Extinction

Lets get this straight, habitat loss is the number-one threat to Australia's species

Earlier this month, Australia’s outgoing Threatened Species Commissioner Gregory Andrews told ABC radio that land clearing is not the biggest threat …

Ecology

Is Talking About De-Extinction a Moral Hazard? - Facts So Romantic

There’s a saying, in conservation biology, credited to the plant ecologist Frank Egler: Ecosystems are not just more complex than we think, they’re …

China

Human success at the expense of other species is “a pretty awful legacy”

Author Elizabeth Kolbert challenges us to see human history through the eyes of other animals.<p>Last year, the Nation Institute launched a Jonathan Schell Memorial Lecture Series, in honor of the late environmental journalist. The topic is rather grandiose: The Fate of the Earth.<p>The first lecture, …

Conservationists Sound Alarm on Plummeting Giraffe Numbers

By Rina Herzl<p>Picture an animal enrobed in a fiery, jigsaw-patterned coat. A creature of such majestic height that it towers amongst the trees. As …

Wildlife

Mass extinctions led to low species diversity, dinosaur rule

Two of the earth's five mass extinction events resulted in the survival of a low number of so-called "weedy" species that spread their sameness …

Dinosaurs

Mass extinctions 'offer cautionary tale'

BBC News<p><b>Mass extinctions have the potential to guide modern conservation efforts, say scientists.</b><p>A study confirms the idea that upheavals of the geological past caused a drastic loss of biodiversity.<p>''Disaster faunas'' dominated by a small number of widespread, newly-evolving species prevailed for …

Ecology

The Fightback Has Begun In The War Against Mass Extinction In Africa

We could lose up to 75 percent of the world’s species by 2050.<p>Extinction naturally occurs, but usually at a rate of one to five species a year. Right …

South Africa

Scientists Believe Worst Mass Extinction Event In History Resulted From Siberian Volcanoes

New evidence has been discovered by a team of scientists that the Great Permian Extinction, which occurred over 250 million years ago, was caused by …

Geology

De-extinction efforts seek to bring back a once-ubiquitous tree, a vomiting frog, and even the wooly mammoth, but they raise vexing ethical questions.

Credit: Martin Shields/Getty ImagesIn the not-too-distant future, at least four animal species and a tree now classified as being extinct are …

Biology

Volcanic eruptions led to mass extinction 250M years ago - Futurity

New evidence points to the cause of one of the "most extensive extinction event Earth has ever endured."

Extinction gameplay video gives off David vs. Goliath vibes

Iron Galaxy Studios<p>The small versus the gigantic, the tiny versus the colossus, Eren Yeager versus Zeke Yeager; Extinction gameplay sets up a world …

Earth May Be Close to 'Threshold of Catastrophe'

The amount of carbon dioxide that humans will have released into the atmosphere by 2100 may be enough to trigger a sixth mass extinction, a new study …

Climate Change

The Sixth Mass Extinction of Wildlife Also Threatens Global Food Supplies

<i>By Damian Carrington, The Guardian</i>The sixth mass extinction of global wildlife already under way is seriously threatening the world’s food supplies, …

Agriculture

Change in weather patterns led to mainland Tasmania tiger extinction, researchers say

Researchers believe they have discovered what killed off mainland populations of the Tasmanian tiger — and their cause of death might surprise …

Australian News

Global Food Crops Also Face Earth's Sixth Great Mass Extinction

Human civilization utterly depends on our precious food supplies, but the planet's sixth mass extinction of plants and animals currently underway is …

Agriculture

World's biggest butterfly in danger of extinction due to palm oil industry

The world’s largest butterfly – an endangered species – will be the first to benefit from a new conservation project in Papua New Guinea.<p>The Queen …

Papua New Guinea

Sixth mass extinction of wildlife also threatens global food supplies

Plant and animal species that are the foundation of our food supplies are as endangered as wildlife but get almost no attention, a new report reveals<p>Comment: Chips, chocolate and coffee – our food crops face mass extinction too<p>The sixth mass extinction of global wildlife already under way is …

Environment

Chips, chocolate and coffee – our food crops face mass extinction too

It’s not just animals, many seed crops are also endangered. So why is agrobiodiversity so overlooked? This valuable source of affordable, nutritious food could disappear if we don’t act<p>• Read more: Sixth mass extinction of wildlife also threatens global food supplies<p>A “sixth mass extinction” is …

Agriculture

Mass extinction could take food off the table

While there has been much recent focus on mass species extinction, a new report shows food staples like coffee and chocolate could also be under …

World News

Scientist Says Sixth Mass Extinction Event Might Start In 2100

Although there isn’t anything to worry about right now despite all the “end of the world” and Planet X reports of recent days, a scientist has used …

Climate Change

Sixth Mass Extinction is All But Guaranteed Math Says

Credit: Pixabay<p>In the history of complex life on earth — more than half a billion years — there have been five mass extinctions. Each of them is …

Geek

"6th global mass extinction" is coming all too soon, according to this mathematician

Mass Extinctions<p>It doesn’t come along very often, but after some 540 million years, this world we live on has witnessed five mass extinctions – and …

Climate Change

Another mass extinction event is on its way, warns MIT scientist

Looking for some great news to fill you with hope for the future? A geophysics professor from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) claims …

Climate Change

Is it too late to save the world’s rhinos from extinction?

Everyone wants to save rhinos, but agreeing how to do it is a different matter. Ahead of World Rhino Day (Sept 22), Cathy Dean, director of Save The …

Wildlife

Mass global extinction that wipes out human civilization will begin in 2100, mathematician predicts

A mass extinction which wipes out humanity will be underway by the year 2100, scientists have claimed.<p>By the end of the century, it’s feared that so much carbon will have been added to the oceans that the planet will have passed a “threshold of catatastrophe” which leads to the destruction of our …

Science

MIT Professor Predicts Earth's Next Mass Extinction To Begin By 2100

Geologists have long been fascinated with past extinction events and now it appears we’re may be headed for another one by the end of the century. This finding is based on a mathematical analysis of the five mass extinction events occurring within the past 540 million years.<p>What do all of these …

Climate Change

World Rhino Day: There are 5 species of rhino, here’s how to tell the difference

World Rhino Day is celebrated every year on September 22, providing organisations working with the animals the opportunity of a large platform to …

Wildlife

An apocalyptic mass extinction will begin in 2100, scientists say

A mass extinction which wipes out humanity will be underway by the year 2100, scientists have claimed.<p>By the end of the century, it’s feared that so …

Climate Change

A sixth mass extinction event could reach the tipping point by 2100

In the history of life on Earth, there have been five mass extinction events, with the most extreme example, the Permian extinction, wiping out some …

Climate Change

The World’s Biggest and Smallest Animals Face Greatest Risk of Extinction

Many scientists believe that a sixth mass extinction is underway, placing three-quarters of the Earth’s species at risk of “biological annihilation.” …

Endangered Species