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Energy/Environment New study challenges old thinking about extinctions worldwide

For some time, the accepted wisdom has been that biodiversity is declining worldwide. A new study challenges that assumption and suggests a different dynamic is at work.

By Staff writer / April 22, 2014

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Although humans are driving other species to extinction at high rates and biodiversity is declining globally, researchers have found that in many locations around the world, the number of species in a wide range of habitats has either increased or remained virtually stable during the past 40 years or more.