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Biodiversity and Ethics: Do We Have a Responsibility to Preserve?

@inproceedings{Picard2005BiodiversityAE,
  title={Biodiversity and Ethics: Do We Have a Responsibility to Preserve?},
  author={Kathryn T Picard},
  year={2005}
}
Biodiversity is the dynamic variability among extant organisms, including that within and between species and environments. An estimated 20 million species exist in the global ecosystem, the evolutionary progeny of a lineage stretching back 3.5 billion years. However, current levels of biodiversity are threatened by what scientists describe as a modern, anthropogenic mass extinction—a " human meteor " —with researchers estimating the accelerated extinction rate at 100 to 1,000 times that of… 

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