In a new study published in the journal Nature, several scientists from the University of California, Berkeley, USA; the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil and the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center in North Carolina, USA evaluated animals currently listed as "critically endangered," "endangered" and "threatened" by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
They compared current endangered species' conditions with five previous extinction periods over the past 540 million years, when at least 75% of all animal species disappeared.
Their conclusions included the observation that while the Earth has currently lost a relatively small percentage of species, the rate at which they are disappearing now, which some scientists have said is 1,000 times faster than the normal pace of evolution, could set off a sixth mass extinction in as little as three centuries.
At the same time, co-author Professor Anthony Barnosky of the University of California, Berkeley said that it is not too late if we act now to resolve habitat loss, disease, global warming and other largely human-caused issues.
He stated, "It's very important to devote resources and legislation toward species conservation if we don't want to be the species whose activity caused a mass extinction.”
Thank you Professor Barnosky and other international colleagues for your extensive work in showing our potential for an irreversible tragedy perishing that would ultimately affect our own survival. May we act swiftly to preserve the lives of all beings on the planet.
Speaking in a November 2010 video message presented during a climate change conference in the United Kingdom, Supreme Master Ching Hai addressed the root cause of such losses and what can be done to stop them.