Asking ‘Why Do Species Go Extinct?’

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Though not widely reported in the popular media, a shockingly high number of animal and plant species are at risk for extinction – on the order of a third of all amphibians and more than 10 percent of all birds. In this article, Stuart Pimm, noted environmental biologist, discusses his work to preserve the diversity of life on earth.  He notes that 1% of ALL species on earth may be gone in 10 years, unless immediate action is taken.

Of note, Pimm visited Northwestern in 2005 as part of a global warming and biodiversity public education event.  His talk is definitely worth a look (link to video).

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