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Era of 'Biological Annihilation' is underway, scientists warn

Scientists estimate that 200 species have gone extinct in the past 100 years

Tatiana Schlossberg | NYT 

From the common barn swallow to the exotic giraffe, thousands of animal species are in precipitous decline, a sign that an irreversible era of mass extinction is underway, new research finds. The study, published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, calls the current decline in animal populations a “global epidemic” and part of the “ongoing sixth mass extinction” caused in large measure by human destruction of animal habitats. The previous five extinctions were caused by natural phenomena. Gerardo Ceballos, a researcher at the ...

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First Published: Wed, July 12 2017. 11:02 IST