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The World Wide Web's Most Comprehensive Source of Information on the Current Mass Extinction


Human beings are currently causing the greatest mass extinction of species since the extinction of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago. If present trends continue one half of all species of life on earth will be extinct in 100 years. (For details see links below.)

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(Most recent update: July 14, 2004)

Mass Extinction Underway, Majority of Biologists Say Washington Post
Tuesday, April 21, 1998
Page A-4

By Joby Warrick, Staff Writer

A majority of the nation's biologists are convinced that a "mass extinction" of plants and animals is underway that poses a major threat to humans in the next century, yet most Americans are only dimly aware of the problem, a poll says.

The rapid disappearance of species was ranked as one of the planet's gravest environmental worries, surpassing pollution, global warming and the thinning of the ozone layer, according to the survey of 400 scientists commissioned by New York's American Museum of Natural History.

The poll's release yesterday comes on the heels of a groundbreaking study of plant diversity that concluded than at least one in eight known plant species is threatened with extinction. Although scientists are divided over the specific numbers, many believe that the rate of loss is greater now than at any time in history.

"The speed at which species are being lost is much faster than any we've seen in the past -- including those [extinctions] related to meteor collisions," said Daniel Simberloff, a University of Tennessee ecologist and prominent expert in biological diversity who participated in the museum's survey. [Note: the last mass extinction caused by a meteor collision was that of the dinosaurs, 65 million years ago.]

Most of his peers apparently agree. Nearly seven out of 10 of the biologists polled said they believed a "mass extinction" was underway, and an equal number predicted that up to one-fifth of all living species could disappear within 30 years. Nearly all attributed the losses to human activity, especially the destruction of plant and animal habitats.

Among the dissenters, some argue that there is not yet enough data to support the view that a mass extinction is occurring. Many of the estimates of species loss are extrapolations based on the global destruction of rain forests and other rich habitats.

Among non-scientists, meanwhile, the subject appears to have made relatively little impression. Sixty percent of the laymen polled professed little or no familiarity with the concept of biological diversity, and barely half ranked species loss as a "major threat."

The scientists interviewed in the Louis Harris poll were members of the Washington-based American Institute of Biological Sciences, a professional society of more than 5,000 scientists.


For an overview of the magnitude of the crisis, scroll slowly down this page and read just the titles of all of the links. When you finish, go back and begin to click on the links to read the full articles.

New articles are added to this list regularly. Most recent update: July 14, 2004.

American Museum of Natural History Official Statement on Current Mass Extinction

American Museum of Natural History Press Release on Current Mass Extinction

Fastest Mass Extinction in Earth's History (Worldwatch Report)



The Sixth Extinction (National Geographic Magazine)

The Sixth Extinction (American Museum of Natural History)

Wake-Up Call on Extinction Wave (British Royal Society-- 2003)


Mass Extinction Pace Quickening: Red List 2000 Released (N.Y. Times)

Headlong Drive to Mass Extinction-- 2002 Red List Released (Toronto Globe and Mail)

12,000 Threatened Species: "Only Scratching the Surface"-- 2003 Red List Released (U.K. Guardian)


By 2050 Global Warming Will Doom A Million Species (National Geographic-- 2004)


1998 Comprehensive Data on Plant Extinction Rate (N.Y. Times)

1996 Comprehensive Data on Animal Extinction Rate (IUCN)

World's Biodiversity Becoming Extinct (International Botanical Congress)

Scientists Warn of Mass Extinction (Environmental News Network)

CNN Special Report on Mass Extinction

Human Impact Triggers Massive Extinctions (Environment News Service)

Unprecedented Extinction Rate (World Conservation Union)

The Current Mass Extinction (Scientific American)

Wave of Extinctions Sweeping the Planet (United Nations)

Biodiversity Under Siege (Environmental News Network)

World Facing Greatest Extinction Risk Since Dinosaurs Disappeared (IUCN)

The Current Mass Extinction (PBS)

Mammals, Fish, Birds, Amphibians, Reptiles Suffering Major Declines (Worldwatch)


Global Picture of Death, Damage and Destruction (United Nations)

Grim Picture of Extinction (2003 World Parks Conference)

One Quarter Of All Mammal Species Face Extinction Soon (IUCN-- 2000)

One Third of Primates Face Extinction (BBC-- 2002)

Many Primates Face Extinction (CNN-- 2000)

Gorillas, Bonobos, and Chimpanzees 10 Years From Extinction (U.K. Observer)

Monkeys, Apes Are Being Eaten to Extinction (Associated Press)

Primate Extinction Surge (ABC)

Primates in Peril (CNN)

Mass Extinction of Freshwater Creatures Forecast (WWF Report)



1,600 Marine Scientists Warn That The Sea Is In Peril (MCBI)

Entire North Atlantic Ocean on Verge of Collapse (New Scientist)

North Sea Undergoing Ecological Meltdown (U.K. Independent)

Last Chance For Southern Ocean (BBC)

Saltwater Species May Vanish (American Fisheries Society)

Many Fish on Verge of Extinction (BBC)

World Amphibian Populations Plummet Toward Extinction (AAAS)

Amphibians Declining Worldwide (Boston Globe)

Reptiles Vanishing Faster Than Amphibians (CNN)

Migratory Birds and Animals Rapidly Dying Out (Environment News Service)

Many Carnivore Species At Risk of Extinction (Science Daily)


Forests Face Global Extinction (United Nations)

Trees on the Verge of Mass Extinction (World Conservation Monitoring Centre)

Worldwide Plant Crisis Accelerating (E/Environmental Magazine)

Plants: Heading for Extinction (ABC News)

Plant Species Losses Threaten World's Food Supplies (BBC)

29% of Plant Species in U.S. Threatened (Chicago Botanic Garden)

Europe's Plant Species Threatened (IUCN)

1000's Of Medicinal Plants Being Harvested to Extinction (Australian Broadcasting Co.)

25% Of World's Conifers Threatened With Extinction (IUCN)

Half of Cycad Species (World's Oldest Seed Plants) Threatened (IUCN)

Many Palm Tree Species Threatened With Extinction (Smithsonian)

Half of World's Bamboo Species In Danger of Extinction (United Nations)

Intensive Farming Threatens Britain's Wildflowers (The Scotsman)

World Bird Populations Plummeting (WorldWatch Institute)

One in Eight Birds Face Extinction (U.K. Guardian-- 2004)

Humans Are Driving Birds to Extinction (National Geographic)

Farming Threatens One-Third of Europe's Birds (BBC)

Quarter of Parrot Species on Brink of Extinction (BBC)

Asia Faces Bird Extinction Crisis (BirdLife International)

World's Wading Birds Vanishing Fast (National Geographic)


Gorillas and Chimpanzees on Edge of Extinction (Nature-- 2003)

World's Great Apes Hurtling Toward Extinction (Associated Press)

Last Chance to Save Great Apes From Extinction (United Nations)

90 Percent of Great Ape Habitats Will Be Destroyed by 2030 (United Nations)

Apes on the Edge (Population Action International)

Orangutans On Brink of Extinction (National Geographic)

Orangutan Numbers Plummeting Worldwide (Wildlife Conservation Society)

Gorillas Face Doom at Gunpoint (U.K. Guardian)

Lowland Gorillas In Drastic Decline (BBC)

Only 650 Mountain Gorillas Left in World (U.K. Telegraph)

Chimpanzees Will Soon Be Extinct (U.K. Guardian)

Western Chimpanzees in Danger of Extinction (BBC)

Uganda's Apes Face Extinction (The East African)

Congo's Great Apes on Brink of Extinction (South African Sunday Times)

Asia's Primates Face Extinction (MSNBC)

Gibbons Imperiled (N.Y. Times)

Madagascar's Lemurs Cling to Survival (Reuters)

Two-Thirds of World's Turtle Species Threatened (BBC)

Sea Turtle Hurtles Towards Extinction (U.K. Guardian)

Seahorses on Path to Extinction (ABC News)

Sharks Face Extinction (ABC News)

Sharks Suffer Population Crash (Nature--2004)

Extinction Stalks World's Tigers (World Wildlife Fund)

Indian Tigers' Last Habitat Being Destroyed (U.K. Guardian-- 2003)

Last Stand For Amur Tigers (BBC)

Sumatran Tiger Faces Extinction (U.K. Guardian)

Only 90 Chinese Tigers Left (Sydney Morning Herald)

Myanmar's Tigers Face Extinction-- Only 150 Left (Wildlife Conservation Society)


Extinction Threatens African Lions (BBC)

Lions Face New Threat (U.K. Guardian)

Asia's Last Lions-- Only 300 Left (National Geographic)

Far Eastern Leopard Faces Extinction (Times of India)

South African Leopards Hunted Down By Dog Teams (Reuters)

Arabian Leopard on Verge of Extinction (U.K. Independent)

Snow Leopard Being Pushed to Extinction (The Age-- Melbourne)

Only 20 Caucasus Leopards Left (BBC)

Most Remaining Wild Horse and Zebra Species in Peril (BBC)

Indian Elephants on Brink of Extinction (ABC News)

Elephants on the Brink in Asia (CNN)

Vietnamese Elephants Face Extinction (Fauna and Flora International)

Thailand's Elephants Sick and Abandoned (BBC)

African Elephant Population Down 90% Since 1930 (N.Y. Times)

World's Bears Under Threat of Extinction (World Wide Fund for Nature)

Efforts To Save Panda From Extinction Failing (CNN)

Koalas Will Be Extinct Within Decades (Yahoo News)

Kangaroos Face Extinction In 20 Years (The Australian)

Polar Bears Facing Extinction (Norwegian Polar Institute)

Last Remaining Ocelot Habitats Threatened (Defenders of Wildlife)

Cheetahs on Brink of Extinction (CNN)

South African Cheetahs May Be Extinct in 10 Years (South African Broadcasting Corp.)

Last Chance For Lynx (BBC)

Sea Otters in Peril (CBS)

Rhinos on the Edge (Ecology Magazine)

Poachers Pushing Asian Rhinos To Extinction (WWF)

Rare White Rhinos Could Be Extinct in Months (The Age-- Melbourne)

Hippo Population Down 95 Percent in 30 Years (WWF)

Niger Giraffes Face Extinction (BBC)

Endangered Rabbits (National Geographic)

Tibetan Antelope Being Hunted to Extinction (AME Info, United Arab Emirates)

Demise of Asian Antelope is a Warning, David Suzuki, Univ. of British Columbia

Penguins in Peril (Environment News Service)

Albatross Faces Extinction (U.K. Guardian)

Half Of World's Bat Species Threatened (BBC)

Extinction Nears for Whales and Dolphins (BBC)

308,000 Whales, Dolphins, Porpoises Drown Each Year in Fishing Gear (WWF)

Whales Pursued to Brink of Extinction (E/Environmental Magazine)

Half of Whale Species Threatened (World Wildlife Fund)

Northern Right Whales on Brink of Extinction (U.S. National Academy of Sciences)

Climate Change Threatens Extinction of Blue Whales (WWF)

Discoverer of Whale Songs: "I'm Seeing My Life's Work Destroyed" (WWF)

Risk of Orca Extinction (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

Porpoise Survival Threatened (BBC)

Dolphins Face Extinction in England and France (BBC)

Britain's Seas Are Dying (U.K. Guardian)

Time Running Out For Freshwater Dolphins (IUCN)

Extinction Fears for Nepal's Dolphins (Agence France-Presse)

Only 100 Maui's Dolphins Left (New Zealand Herald)

Indus Dolphin Faces Extinction (Pakistan Daily Times)

Manatees in Peril (CBS)

Dugongs Nearing Extinction (United Nations)

Atlantic Game Fish Close to Extinction (Big Game Fishing Journal)

Atlantic Sharks Decimated (Reuters)

Deep-Sea Fish in Danger of Extinction (U.K. Observer)

Tuna Near Extinction (U.K. Guardian)

Atlantic Salmon In Danger Of Extinction (World Wildlife Fund)

Cod Faces Extinction Threat (BBC)

The Last Sturgeon (Scientific American)

Dying Zooplankton Threatens Extinction of Marine Species (U.K. Observer)

Vietnamese Sea Species in Danger of Extinction (AP)

North Sea Extinction Crisis (U.K. Guardian)

Hundreds of Asian Bird Species Face Extinction (New Scientist)

Quarter of American Bird Species in Decline (Audubon Society)

Half of Europe's Mountain Bird Species Threatened (BBC)

Kiwi Bird In Freefall to Extinction (BBC)

Peacock in Peril (India Tribune)

British Butterflies Face Extinction (BBC)

UK Butterfly Decline Steepens (BBC)

Australian Butterflies Facing Extinction Threat (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Many Bees Threatened With Extinction (International Bee Research Association)

Bumblebees Could Face Extinction (BBC)

Italy's Bees Are Dying (Italian National Beekeepers' Association)

Insect Extinctions Threaten Human Life (English Nature)

British Insects Disappearing (U.K. Independent-- 2003)

Endangered Insects (Xerces Society)

North America Facing Biodiversity Crisis (NAFTA)

One-Fifth of Animals and One-Sixth of Plants in U.S. at Risk of Extinction (AP)

Hawaii Hanging By A Thread (Discover Magazine)

Hawaii A Zone Of Mass Extinction (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

Half of Mammals and Quarter of Birds in Malaysia Face Extinction (Malaysian Star)

Amazon Rainforest Will Be Destroyed by 2020 (BBC)

Amazon Destruction Surges (BBC)

Loggers to Ravage Congo Rainforest (U.K. Observer)

Cloud Forests And Their Species Will Be Gone In Ten Years (National Geographic)

Deforestation Threatens Thousands of Species (Houston Chronicle)

Mexican Jungle Will Disappear Within 30 Years (Christian Science Monitor)

Last Chance To Save Indonesia's Forests (National Geographic)

Borneo On Brink of Ecological Disaster (Wired News-- 2004)

Rare Animal Trade Threatens Indonesia's Species With Extinction (Jakarta Post-- 2004)

Loggers Threaten Last Stronghold of Philippine Biodiversity (CNN)

Philippines on Verge of Losing Most Native Species (CNN)

Ethiopia's Forests Face Extinction (United Nations)

"Extinction Spasm" Beginning in West Africa (Duke University)

Massive Die-Off of Species Expected in South Africa (WWF)

Many South African Animals Face Extinction (South Africa Sunday Times)

Bushmeat Trade Wiping Out Large African Mammals (Scientific American)

No Hiding Place: The Cost of Bushmeat (BBC)

Bushmeat: 1/4 Million Tons Of Endangered Primates Now Eaten Per Year (Sunday Herald)

Madagascar's Species Disappearing at Alarming Rate (Toronto Globe and Mail)

Angola's Biodiversity Under Severe Threat (News24 South Africa)

Five Years Left for Sumatra's Forests and Key Species (U.K. Guardian)

Malaysian Plants Face Rising Rate of Extinction (Sunday Times of Malaysia)

Thousands of Australian Species in Danger of Extinction (Melbourne Herald Sun)

Australian Species In Peril (CNN)

Australian Species At Risk From Climate Change (Climate Action Network)

Huge Rise in Endangered New Zealand Species (NZ Department of Conservation)

Concern Grows For Wildlife in Egypt (The Scotsman)

South-East Asia Faces Catastrophic Extinction Rate (Nature)

Half of Amphibians in Central America Facing Extinction (The News Mexico)

Trade in Animal Parts Threatens Wave of Extinction in Asia (Wildlife Conservation Society)

Thousands of Antarctic Species Face Extinction (Reuters)

Arctic Fauna Extinction Fear (The Age-- Melbourne)

Half of Species in Norway Face Extinction (Oslo Aftenposten)

Wildcats Losing Battle for Survival in U.S. (National Wildlife Federation)

Coral Reefs Will Be Gone In 20 Years (AP)

Coral Reefs Dying Even Faster Than Previously Thought (United Nations)

World's Coral Reefs In Serious Decline (U.K. Guardian-- 2002)

Caribbean Coral Suffers Phenomenal Loss (BBC)

Hawaiian Coral Ecosystem May Collapse Within Three Years (AP)

Deep Sea Species Being Devastated (UPI)

Dead Zones in the Oceans (U.K. Guardian)

Bush Meat Trade Pushing Bonobos to Extinction (Christian Science Monitor)

Humans' Closest Relative in Danger of Extinction (Bonobo Conservation Initiative)

Is Humanity Suicidal? by E.O. Wilson, Harvard University

The Future of Life, E.O. Wilson, Harvard University

Can Humans and Nature Coexist? (USA Today)

The Weeds Shall Inherit the Earth, David Quammen (The London Independent)

Life in the Balance, by Niles Eldredge, American Museum of Natural History

The Sixth Extinction, by Niles Eldredge, American Museum of Natural History

Going Before Their Time, Sir Robert May, Oxford University

World Losing Battle Against Extinctions, Peter Raven, Washington University (BBC)

The Biodiversity Crisis, Peter Raven, Washington University

Earth in the Balance, Peter Raven, Washington University

The Future of Life, E.O. Wilson [RealAudio]

Are We Facing Mass Extinction? Peter Raven [RealAudio]

Mass Extinction, E.O. Wilson and Russell Mittermeier [RealAudio]

The Meaning Of Mass Extinction, George Schaller, Bronx Zoo (ABC) [RealAudio]

Mass Extinction Foreseen, Michael Soule, U.C. Santa Cruz

Biotic Holocaust, Norman Myers, Oxford University

A Winnowing for Tomorrow's World, Norman Myers, Oxford University

Planet Faces Mass Extinction, Richard Leakey

Earth On Edge, Michael Novacek, American Museum of Natural History

Repeating History at Our Peril, by David Suzuki, University of British Columbia

Ecologists Predict Massive Extinction (University of Tennessee)

The Dawn of a New Mesozoic Era (Wired News)

Losing Strands in the Web of Life (Worldwatch Institute)

Extinctions Past and Present (World Book)

The Current State of Biodiversity, by E.O. Wilson, Harvard University

The Brink of the Homogocene (U.S. National Academy of Sciences)

Rapid Species Loss a Global Danger (Science)

A Field Guide to the Sixth Extinction (N.Y. Times)

The Last of Their Kind (E/Environmental Magazine)

Local Populations Going Extinct (Stanford University)

Genetic Diversity Within Single Species As Crucial as Species Diversity (National Geographic)

Study Jolts Views on Recovery from Extinctions (N.Y. Times)

Recovery From Extinction Will Take Ten Million Years (ABC News)

Global Warming May Cause Extinction of 95% of Species (The Scotsman-- 2003)

Global Warming Report Predicts Doom For Many Species (N.Y. Times)

Global Warming May Make Mass Extinction Unavoidable (Univ. of Arizona)

Global Warming Threatens Third of World Habitat (Reuters)

Global Warming Hits Species All Over World (Reuters)

Extinctions, Not Random, Threaten Thousands of Species (UniSci)

Hunting To Extinction (U.S. News and World Report)

What Will We Lose As More Species Vanish? (N.Y. Times)

Human Alteration of Environment has Triggered Sixth Major Extinction (Nature)

Human Domination of Earth's Ecosystems (Science)

Humans Now Using 40% Of All Resources Available For Life On Earth (U.K. Guardian)

Ecological Overshoot: Humans Exceeding Earth's Capacity (U.S. National Academy of Sciences)

World's Ecosystems on Verge of Sudden Collapse (Nature)

The Current Biodiversity Extinction Event (U.S. National Academy of Sciences)

The Biotic Crisis and the Future of Evolution (U.S. National Academy of Sciences)

Biodiversity: Vanishing Before Our Eyes (Time Magazine)

Time Nearly Up For Human Race (U.K. Guardian)

Humans Moving Closer To Extinction, Study Says (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

Time Running Out For the Environment (Johns Hopkins Population Information Program)

British Environment Minister: Humans Killing Planet (U.K. Guardian)

Needed-- Two More Planets (WWF)

Nature's Crown Jewels Face Ruin (U.K. Guardian)

Extinction Crisis Even Worse Than Previously Thought (Science)

Governments Sound Biodiversity Alarm (Convention on Biological Diversity)

UN Paints Grim Global Picture (United Nations Environment Program-- Outlook 2000)

Earth on Edge of a Precipice: United Nations 2001 Population Report

Earth Will Expire By 2050 (World Wildlife Fund)

2002 Biodiversity Summit a Complete Failure (U.K. Guardian)

Condition Critical: U.N. Assessment of Earth's Ecosystems (Time)

The Fraying Web of Life (United Nations)

A History of Awareness of the Current Mass Extinction (Wild Earth Magazine)

Why Are We Not Astonished? Ed Ayres (Worldwatch)

*** What We Can Do ***

"There are now more human babies born each day-- about 350,000-- than there are individuals left in all the great ape species combined, including gorillas, chimpanzees, bonobos and orangutans."

Richard Cincotta, ecologist and senior researcher, Population Action International

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