WELCOME TO THE SIXTH GREAT EXTINCTION! Keep those copies of National Geographic kids, so you can remember what Polar Bears, Sea Turtles, Elephants, Gorillas, Tuna and Monarch Butterflies used to look like.
The current rate of species extinction is the most rapid since dinosaurs were wiped out 65 million years ago. Scientists estimate we are currently losing species at a rate 1,000 to 10,000 times the natural extinction background rate. Dozens of species you don't notice are disappearing every day.
Most of Madagascar's lemur species are on the brink of imminent extinction. The loss of these hundred or so species will be greatly lamented once people notice, but the loss is final anyway. Read more.
Australia's iconic species are being permanently wiped off the face of the earth as scientists recommend species triage as a practical measure. Read more.
September 2016 AMERICAN PIKAS DISAPPEARING: Small herbivores known as taluses are declining rapidly as climate change dries out their habitat in the Western USA. The imminent extinction of the pika has been predicted by climate modeling, due in part to the fact that less snow falls to protect their burrows.
June 2016 "KILLER BEES" MOVING INTO THE SOUTHWEST USA, LIVING UP TO THEIR NAME: Africanized Bees Move North With Global Warming. READ MORE here
February 2016 LOBSTER SHELL DISEASE CREEPS NORTH: The Range of Lobster "Epizootic" Shell Disease is spreading north into the Gulf of Maines as warming seas lower the species' resistance.
Aug 8, 2015 NEW DISEASE THREATENS ALREADY COLLAPSING GLOBAL FROG POPULATIONS: A new way infectios microbe is killing off tadpoles in at least six countries, according to the National Academy of Sciences Journal.
JUNE 2016: MELOMYS IS THE FIRST OFFICIAL MAMMALIAN WIPE OUT DO TO CLIMATE CHANGE
A small mammal that lived in a small corner of Australia's increasingly threatened Great Barrier Reef has gone the way of the dodo bird. The Bramble Cay Melomys has succumbed to high tides that have increasingly inundated its home island. The only mammal native to the Great Barrier Reef Ecosystem, the Melomys was declared officially extinct in May. The Cay is located between Cape York Peninsula in Queensland and the south shore of Papua New Guinea.