Smartphones may help fight extinctions

The world is on the verge of a sixth mass extinction, according to a group of scientists lead by Duke University Professor of Conservation Ecology Stuart Pimm.

The group recently reported its findings in the journal Science.

According to their paper, species of animals and plants are dying off at a rate 1,000 times faster than they did before humans came to be, and they believe the rate will continue to accelerate.

Interestingly, they also believe that average people like you and me can help slow down the rate of extinction by using smartphones and applications like iNaturalist (it’s free) to help biologists create databases and maps to identify and track species that are at risk of extinction.

What do you think? Are you worried about extinctions? And would you be interested in trying to slow them with your smartphone? Email