Mass extinction event: Defaunation and the signs that life on Earth is threatened (VIDEO).
The Disturbing Signs Earth Is Already Amid a Mass Extinction Event (Video)
Slate in motion.
July 31 2014 12:37 PM

Are We Already in a Mass Extinction Event?  

A biologist traced the evidence and came to a sobering conclusion.

ISHANGO, LAKE EDWARD, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO - AUGUST 9: A bull elephant bathes and drinks water on the Northern shores of Lake Edward inside Virunga National Park, on August, 9 2013 in Ishango, DR Congo. This place is close to Kavanyongi, the biggest village on the lake shores on the Congolese side, with a population of 30 000. Ishango in the 'Block V' area of Virunga National Park. UK company Soco International PLC is planning to explore for oil in DRC's Virunga National Park, a protected World Heritage Site and most biodiverse park in Africa. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Getty Images for WWF-Canon)

Brent Stirton

A new analysis published in Science traces how “defaunation”—the decline of species like elephants and polar bears—is consistent with mass extinction events in the past.

  Slate Plus
Hang Up And Listen
Dec. 1 2015 3:21 PM The “Violating His Amateur Status” Bonus Segment The Hang Up and Listen hosts cover speedcubing—from the algorithms of Rubik’s Cubes to the sport’s record-breaking competitors.