With Our Lifestyle, Earth Will Hit The 6th Mass Extinction Soon
The Earth’s sixth mass extinction is already underway, according to proliferating evidence of new researches. A majority of world’s natural biologist and ecologists are convinced that earth is just on the brink of hitting the sixth of mass extinction.
The modern rate for extinction of species is 1000 times from the natural rate of extinction according to a study in Journal Biology. The study also found that the background rate of extinction should be about one species per 10 million annually. Today, between 100 and 1,000 species per million vanish annually. Meanwhile, new species come in this world at a rate between 0.05 and 0.2 per million annually.
According to a study published in Science Advance, about 477 vertebrate species have gone extinct since 1900. Based on previous extinctions, only nine species would have been expected to die off in the same time frame had it not been for mankind’s involvement.
The study reported:
“The number of species that have gone extinct in the last century would have taken … between 800 and 10,000 years to disappear.These estimates reveal an exceptionally rapid loss of biodiversity over the last few centuries, indicating that a sixth mass extinction is already underway.”
In a new review of scientific literature and analysis of data published in Science, an international team of scientists cautions that the loss and decline of animals is contributing to what appears to be the early days of the planet’s sixth mass biological extinction event. And while previous extinctions have been driven by natural planetary transformations or catastrophic asteroid strikes, the current die-off can be associated to human activity, a situation that the lead author Rodolfo Dirzo, a professor of biology at Stanford.
“It’s critical that they examine the central role that large-scale industrial agriculture and agri-food corporations have played in eroding our biodiversity and undermining ecosystems.”
– Chrisopher Cook
The rapid disappearance of species was ranked as one of the planet’s gravest environmental worries, surpassing even global warming and pollution, according to a survey of 400 scientists commissioned by New York’s Museum of
Seven out of 10 biologists believe the world is now in the half of the fastest mass extinction of living things in the 4.5 billion-year history of the planet, according to this poll. This generation or the coming generation might be able to witness radical changes on earth within their lifetimes.
The previous five mass extinctions happened well before mankind walked the Earth, and are believed to have been mainly caused by natural disasters, such as asteroid impacts and volcanic eruptions. But this time- it’s us. Humans have done more damage to the environment in the past century than all of the other natural disasters combined. Nevertheless, sooner or later, it is going to affect us, our lifestyles and way of living.
Most biologist describes the situation analogous with a card castle. You take out one card, nothing will happen. You take out two cards, nothing significant is going to happen to the castle. But, if you took out three or let’s say four cards, the whole castle is going to collapse as it can’t hold long with such a weak construction.
Similarly with nature, the functioning of one species is directly or indirectly linked to the functioning and survival of other species resulting in a seeming natural equilibrium. When one or more aspects of the equilibrium gets disturbed, the whole balance collapses. It isn’t like we had not already saw it coming.
Despite the constant ranting and warnings from environmentalists, scientists and ecologists, we had continued to do our economic and social businesses, thinking we will never run out of natural resources. Its a phenomenon commonly referred to as ‘psychological denial’ where a person choose to remain ignorant of the harmful consequences by convincing or say deluding himself by giving various kinds of explanations.
I think now its our time for gain the courage to accept what is coming.