Scientists Clash on Claims Over Extinction ‘Overestimates’

Green Wire: For decades, it has been an open secret among conservationists. An elegant equation widely used to calculate how many species will go extinct from deforestation and habitat destruction -- one of the "laws" of ecological theory -- was a little shaky. More often than not, unless carefully calibrated, the equation seemed to overestimate extinction rates. Early threats of mass global extinctions by 2000, based on the algorithm, failed to materialize. Exploring why, ecologists developed ideas like......

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