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Today in the Sixth Extinction

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On February 27, 2018
Just continuing to document the horrible ways that humans have decimated the planet. The dwindling North Atlantic right whale population is on track to finish its breeding season without any new births, prompting experts to warn again that without human intervention, the species will face extinction. Scientists observing the whale community off the US east […]
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Passenger Pigeon

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On December 17, 2017
One of the most important and horrible stories of environmental degradation in the United States is the rapid decline of the passenger pigeon from perhaps the most common bird in North America to complete extinction in less than a century. We know why it happened–massive overhunting combined with the rapid loss of habitat as the […]
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Snails!

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On August 12, 2016
I know we are are focused on the behavior on Donald Trump and no one cares about any other issue. But here’s a post devoted to a life form slightly more evolved than the Republican candidate: snails. Unfortunately, a lot of snail species are going extinct. Beyond that, there’s actually a lot that we can […]

Habitat Loss

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On May 6, 2016

One of the major problems facing animals in the Sixth Extinction is habitat loss. Animals with formerly large ranges see them shrink and shrink and the large ones or the migratory ones just can’

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Tiger Protection

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On April 19, 2016
I guess I will try to be positive here and note that the 13 Asian nations with tigers have publicly committed to preserving tiger habitat. The less positive part of me thinks it will probably end up like most of these agreements and not actually do anything. And then there’s the issue of poaching for […]
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