Scientists from the University of Gothenburg in Sweden, using a computer model, analyzed the rate of extinction of animals and came to the conclusion that 550 animal species will disappear from the planet by the end of the century. However, they can still be saved.
According to their forecasts, 550 more animal species will disappear from the planet by the end of the century. The researchers note that every loss to nature will also be a loss of “part of the natural history of the Earth.” However, despite predictions, even now hundreds of species can be saved by intensifying conservation efforts.
New research, published in Science Advances, suggests that humans are almost entirely responsible for the extinction of mammals in recent decades. Despite this, humankind can still save most of the species through targeted and effective conservation strategies.
Scientists have compiled a large dataset of fossil fossils and the timing and extent of previous extinctions. Computer simulations predict a significant increase in the rate of extinction by 2100 based on current threatening status.
According to these models, extinctions that have occurred in the past represent only the “tip of the iceberg” compared to impending extinctions in the following decades.
“Recovering past impacts on biodiversity is necessary to understand why certain species and ecosystems have been particularly vulnerable to human activity. Hopefully, this will allow us to develop more effective conservation measures to combat extinction, ”the researchers noted.