Cause: Fossil fuel combustion
Climate: Rapid climate change, sea level change, ocean acidification, ocean anoxia, ozone destruction
Mass extinction aren’t just something of the past; it’s commonly accepted that we’re in one right now.
While the Anthropocene isn’t yet an official epoch, there is mounting evidence to suggest that human activity has caused such a perturbation to the system that there should be a departure from the Holocene.
It’s possible that up to 140,000 are going extinct each year, primarily as a result of human activities.
HERE’s a nice TIME article on this sixth mass extinction.
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