Hu­mans ‘trig­gered 96% of ex­tinc­tions’

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HU­MANS are to blame for 96 per cent of all mam­mal ex­tinc­tions over the past 126,000 years, a study has found.

Sci­en­tists also con­cluded that by the end of this cen­tury, a fur­ther 558 mam­mal species could be gone for ever.

Other ex­perts be­lieve ma­jor cli­matic changes as­so­ci­ated with Ice Age cy­cles were the driv­ing force be­hind most pre­his­toric ex­tinc­tions. But study co-author Daniele Sil­ve­stro, of Gothen­burg Univer­sity in Swe­den, said: ‘We find es­sen­tially no ev­i­dence for cli­mate-driven ex­tinc­tions dur­ing the past 126,000 years.

‘In­stead, we found that hu­man im­pact ex­plains 96 per cent of all mam­mal ex­tinc­tions dur­ing that time.’

The study, pub­lished in the jour­nal Sci­ence Ad­vances, added that hu­man­caused cli­mate change and other hu­man-re­lated threats posed a large risk for many species.

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