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The Northern White Rhino and Other Species That Might Go Extinct in Our Lifetime

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Conservation efforts have failed for many of them

As much as new scientific and technological advancements help us realize how much potential there is out in space and off of our native planet, the Earth is all we have, and from its deepest oceans to its tallest mountains, it’s absolutely filled to the brim with countless species and diversity.

Scientists and amateurs alike discover new species and biodiversity almost constantly. The World Resources Institute reported a single 1980 study of just 19 trees in Panama where researches stumbled across 1,200 species of beetles, 80% of which were previously unknown to science.

With thousands of new species discovered each year, a 2011 estimate put the total number at 8.7 million unique species. But for each species that we discover, we are losing even more. According to the World Wildlife Fund, we are seeing a rapid loss of species at a rate between 1,000 and 10,000 times higher than the natural or background extinction rate (that is, the rate at which extinctions would occur without humans).

While some of these extinctions may take hundreds or more years to happen—or could be completed avoided through changing human behaviors and increased preservation—others are much more immediate and even likely to happen in our lifetime.

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