Threats to Biodiversity

What is the leading cause of extinction in the modern era?
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  1. While most people immediately think of things like meteors or global warming as major causes of extinction, the main source of modern animal and plant extinctions is far less dramatic. Since the dawn of human industry, the leading cause of extinctions has been loss of habitat -- animals finding their homes destroyed to the point at which their survival is no longer possible.

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