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Thursday, September 28, 2006

The Birds are Next; Say Goodbye to 10,000 Species

This is plain scary:

"Scientists seriously underestimated the number of birds that people have pushed toward extinction, Pimm, a Duke University ecologist, and his research partners have concluded.

"On top of that, the frequency of potential bird extinctions is rising sharply, they say.

"Over the past 500 years, people have killed, crowded out or otherwise made normal life impossible for close to 500 bird species worldwide, the scientists calculate. During this century, they say, 10 species per year -- of about 10,000 known worldwide -- are likely to meet the same fate."




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