World on Brink of Great Extinction

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cat1A study published today in the journal Science has dramatic news: species of plants and animals are going extinct about 10 times faster than biologists had previously believed, meaning they are disappearing from Earth at least 1,000 times faster than they did before humans existed.

“We are on the verge of [a]…great extinction,” said study lead author Stuart Primm. “Whether we avoid it or not will depend on our actions.”

Many issues are combining to crowd species out of their habitats but the top reason is habitat loss, as humans continue to build over and alter the environment.

As space tightens, invasive species often take over-a process only helped along by two new shipping routes in the Arctic. Commercial ships often accidentally carry invasive species and carrying them from one ocean into the other “is a game changer that will play out on a global scale,” according to Whitman Miller, a biologist from the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center. Read more.

{Andy Newscenter}


  1. Adam HaRishon was put into the Garden not only to eat of it but to “keep” it. Guess we’re not doing such a great job.

  2. The animal in the photo appears to be a Sand Cat, the non-domestic cat most closely related to our common domestic cats other than the wildcat which is the domestic cat’s direct ancestor. (The domestic cat is really just a wildcat that decided to live with humans.) The Sand Cat lives in deserts in North Africa and Asia, including Asia. Baruch HaShem its existence is not threatened yet.

  3. It is interesting that the very same people who believe in Evolution and its teaching of survival of the fittest, go into a twist over the extinction of “unfit” species. Why? They themselves are always pointing out all the extinct species that led to the evolution of newer ones. They should instead rejoice that “Nature” and “Evolution” are continuing to rule the day. The same can be said for their hysteria over Global Warming/Climate Change. In fact, the only people who should be upset are those who believe that we are not doing our G-D assigned function of protecting the natural world.


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