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Earth facing 'catastrophic' loss of species

The Earth is on the brink of 'major biodiversity crisis'; fuelled by the steady destruction of ecosystems, a group of the world's most distinguished scientists and policy experts warn today.
Destruction of natural habitats and the effects of climate change are causing species to die out at 100 to 1,000 times faster than the natural rate.

Nearly one-quarter of the world's mammals, one-third of amphibians and more than one-tenth of bird species are threatened with extinction. Climate change alone is expected to force a further 15%- 37% of species to the brink of extinction within the next 50 years.

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