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Sharing the blame

Gadagkar, R (1996) Sharing the blame. In: Down to Earth, 1996 . pp. 24-26.

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The discovery of the role played by pre-historic people in the extinction of several species of animals and birds gives the subject of biodiversity depletion and conservation· strategies a new twist THE extinction of wildlife due to the harm caused by human activities in the modern world is well-documented and widely-known. For the mQre conspicuous groups of birds and mammals, rates of extinction have been estimated at about one species per year. Since the total number of species of living organisms is 2,000 times the number of birds and mammals, the overall rates of extinction may even exceed five species per day. With the continued destruction of tropical rainforests around the world and the higher susceptibility of lower forms oflife to extinction, global extinction rates are expected to reach 100 species per day by the end of the 20th century.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Down to Earth
Publisher: Down to Earth
Keywords: Extinction, Biodiversity, Conservation strategies, Pre-historic people
Department/Centre: Division of Biological Sciences > Centre for Ecological Sciences
Date Deposited: 18 Mar 2021 10:29
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 10:29
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/68147

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