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Mass Extinction Underway, Majority of Biologists Say
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The Washington Post - Washington, D.C.
Subjects: Endangered & extinct species; Biological diversity
Author: Warrick, Joby
Date: Apr 21, 1998
Start Page: A.04
Section: A SECTION

A majority of the nation's biologists are convinced that a "mass extinction" of plants and animals is underway that poses a major threat to humans in the next century, yet most Americans are only dimly aware of the problem, a poll says.

The rapid disappearance of species was ranked as one of the planet's gravest environmental worries, surpassing pollution, global warming and the thinning of the ozone layer, according to the survey of 400 scientists commissioned by New York's American Museum of Natural History.

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