Earth faces sixth ‘great extinction’ with 41% of amphibians set to go the way of the dodo

Posted by Mike Confino, December 15, 2014

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A stark depiction of the threat hanging over the world’s mammals, reptiles, amphibians and other life forms has been published by the prestigious scientific journal, Nature. A special analysis carried out by the journal indicates that a staggering 41% of all amphibians on the planet now face extinction while 26% of mammal species and 13% of birds are similarly threatened.

Many species are already critically endangered and close to extinction, including the Sumatran elephant, Amur leopard and mountain gorilla. But also in danger of vanishing from the wild, it now appears, are animals that are currently rated as merely being endangered: bonobos, bluefin tuna and loggerhead turtles, for example.

via Earth faces sixth ‘great extinction’ with 41% of amphibians set to go the way of the dodo | Environment | The Guardian.