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 The baiji, or Yangtze river dolphin, was declared functionally extinct in 2006. The species, which has swam the Yangtze for some 20 million years, was the first cetacean to go extinct due to human activities. Overfishing, habitat destruction, electrofishing, boat traffic, dam-building and pollution all likely played a role in the species’ demise. Photograph: AFP The baiji, or Yangtze river dolphin, was declared functionally extinct in 2006. The species, which has swam the Yangtze for some 20 million years, was the first cetacean to go extinct due to human activities. Overfishing, habitat destruction, electrofishing, boat traffic, dam-building and pollution all likely played a role in the species’ demise. Photograph: AFP

I came across these articles today after hearing a meteorologist opine that we need more study before we can conclude that humans have any role in the climate change we are witnessing around the world.

It isn't about whether or not humans caused it.

Rather, it's that a global threat to the survival of the human species is advancing at an alarming rate.

We are the species with the capacity to slow and reverse the mass extinctions before they spiral out of control.  This article says as much, though its title misrepresents its message.

Below are some sad aarticles

The good news is that we are beginning to come together to rise to the challenge!  Here are some examples:

We are just beginning.  We can do it!