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Scientists Create Universal Index for Species Loss

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  1. Habitat destruction is among the greatest threats facing biodiversity, affecting common and threatened species alike.
  2. However, metrics for communicating its impacts typically overlook the non-threatened component of assemblages.
  3. Authors have adapted a widely used measure to provide the first metric describing natural habitat loss for entire assemblages, inclusive of threatened and non-threatened species, which can now be easily described and systematically tracked.

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