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In 1979, the EPA, State Department, National Science Foundation, and the world's leading environmental groups projected that "at least 500,000-600,000" species would go extinct in the next 2 decades. By how much did this projection overshoot reality?

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From 1984 to 2004, 27 species extinctions were recorded. Due to a lack of a comprehensive species tracking, such records undercount actual extinctions, but even if 100 species went extinct in this period, the projection overshot the actual loss by 500,000%.

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