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How does today's mass extinction compare with those from history?

From insect population crashes and deforestation to coral bleaching and ocean warming, evidence supporting the claim that we are bringing about Earth’s sixth mass extinction seems to come out almost every week. A landmark UN report from May this year suggested that species are now being lost “at rates unprecedented in human history”, with around 1 million species directly threatened with extinction. The rate of loss is thought to be somewhere between 10 to a hundred times higher than the averag

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