Disappearance of species tells only part of the story of human impact

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Disappearance of species tells only part of the story of human impact

In the first such global evaluation, Stanford biologists found more than 30 percent of all vertebrates have declining populations. They call for curbs on the basic drivers of these losses. See video here.

By Rob Jordan

No bells tolled when the last Catarina pupfish on Earth died. Newspapers didn’t carry the story when the Christmas Island pipistrelle vanished forever.

Tropical forest logging has contributed to population declines in many animals, including the Bornean gibbon, known for its whooping call.

Two vertebrate species go extinct every year on average, but few people notice, perhaps because the rate seems relatively slow – not a clear and present threat to the natural systems we depend on.

Read more at Stanford University

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