More losers than winners: investigating Anthropocene defaunation through the diversity of population trends

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Results of a new study published in Biological Reviews shows that 48% of the more than 71,000 species across all five vertebrate groups surveyed are in decline. Researchers attribute the downward trajectory of most species to habitat destruction and report that the disparity between declining and recovering populations demonstrates “a rapid biodiversity imbalance” and is “a symptom of extinction.”

[To accompany Case Law Update "Biological Reviews Article Explores the “Anthropocene Defaunation” and Reports that 28% of Life on Earth is in Danger of Extinction” from Brooks Animal Law Digest Issue No. 193]