Scientists warn of Mass extinction!
July 19, 2017
Earth’s sixth mass extinction event under way, scientists warn.
The study, published in the peer-reviewed journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, abandons the normally calm tone of scientific papers and calls the massive loss of wildlife a “biological annihilation” that represents a “frightening assault on the foundations of human civilisation”. The scientists found that a third of the thousands of species losing populations are not currently considered endangered and that up to 50% of all individual animals have been lost in recent decades. The scientists found billions of populations of mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians have been lost all over the planet, leading them to say a sixth mass extinction has already progressed further than was thought.
WHAT ARE THE CAUSES?
Wildlife is dying out due to habitat destruction, overhunting, toxic pollution, invasion by alien species and climate change. But the ultimate cause of all of these factors is “human overpopulation and continued population growth, and over-consumption, especially by the rich”, say the scientists, who include Prof Paul Ehrlich, at Stanford University in the US.