Earths plants and animals are not vanishing because of some external factor, points out science writer Virginia Morell, such as a meteorite or climate change.
Instead the cause is ushumans.
So how should we respond to ecological crisis? Read Morells essay and share your thoughts in our forum.
You can also read Morells The Sixth Extinction, reproduced from Februarys NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC or check out her online story, Unexplored Spaces.
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