Mammals’ top threat
DEVELOPERS will be able to better see the toll their plans could take on thousands of mammal species, as a result of a study which found human land use was the single biggest threat to species survival.
Researchers have found that humans pose the most risk to wiping out 4421 mammal species, after comparing changes in land use between 1993 and 2009, and chances of extinction from 1996 to 2008.
“They can tolerate some human pressure but beyond, where we start to see industry, it becomes a disaster. There is a clear tipping point,” University of Queensland Professor James Watson said. “How we change land use impacts them”.
It also found big data can be used to predict their survival.