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Number of species gone extinct

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Here are some quick "species extinction...
facts"... and it’s not encouraging reading. Species are becoming extinct faster now than at any point in modern history.

Top 5 facts about species gone extinct

1

Species are disappearing

We don't know exactly how many species go extinct every year but it could be 100,000 - about 1 every 5 minutes.


2

...And fast !

The current rate of extinction is up to 10,000 times higher than the average historical extinction rates. We, the humans, are almost wholly responsible for this increase.


3

It’s getting worse

The worsening and loss of biodiversity are projected to continue, and even accelerate. Direct human activity and climate change is the cause of this - for example through the destruction of forests and coral reefs.


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Possible mass extinction

There is a wide belief that a “mass extinction” is underway. Some predict that half of all living species could be gone within 100 years.


5

Who are they?

Within the next 15 to 40 years it is likely that the following animals will become extinct: polar bear, chimpanzee, elephant, snow leopard, tiger, mountain gorilla, orangutan, giant panda, rhino, and the koala bear. Unfortunately, these are just a few of many...



Species gone extinct

It is impossible to know exactly how many species go extinct every year. Estimates of annual extinctions vary from 10,000 to 130,000. We use the upper estimate of the WWF of 100,000 species.


Species are disappearing

...And fast !

It’s getting worse

Possible mass extinction

Who are they?

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