10.8 percent more threatened species expected by 2050

Washington, June 20 (ANI): A new research has indicated that the increasing human population could inevitably crowd out mammals and birds and threaten hundreds of species with extinction within 40 years.

Scientists at The Ohio State University have determined that the average growing nation should expect at least 3.3 percent more threatened species in the next decade and an increase of 10.8 percent species threatened with extinction by 2050.

The United States ranks sixth in the world in the number of new species expected to be threatened by 2050, the research showed.

Early research created a model based on 2000 data to forecast future threatened species connected to human population growth projections, and published the predictions in 2004. In this new study, that model's predictions were confirmed by 2010 actual figures.

The scientists then used the same model, containing data on 114 countries, to extend their predictions to the middle of this century.

"The data speak loud and clear that not only human population density, but the growth of the human population, is still having an effect on extinction threats to other species," said Jeffrey McKee, professor of anthropology at Ohio State and lead author of the study.

The findings suggest that any truly meaningful biodiversity conservation efforts must take the expanding human population footprint into consideration - a subject that many consider taboo.

The study was published this week in the journal Human Ecology. (ANI)

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