extinction debt

endanger debt

科學家發現,今天物種的滅絕,可能是百多年前祖先種下的果。就像父債子還一樣,研究發現近期最多動物絕種的國家,正正是一百年前對環境和生態系統造成最大破壞的國家。而這種在大自然界的因果之間的延遲被稱為「滅絕債務」。

Scientists have discovered that the disappearance of today’s endangered animals might well be the sins of our fathers. Research had shown that countries with the highest number of animal extinction in recent years are the ones that brought the most damage to the natural environment a century ago. This delay between the cause and effect is known as the “extinction debt” in ecology.

http://news.dili360.com/swcq/dwsj/2013/0419/33105.shtml

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