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I think the exclusion zone around Chernobyl proves that the bigger threat to other life from humans is not from pollution but from direct habitat destruction, competition for resources, and direct extermination.

The rate of species extinction might (though we can't be sure) go back to baseline rather quickly as soon as human pressure relaxed.

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Jun 29th, 2010 at 12:59:55 PM EST
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