‘Even conservative calculations show the world is in the midst of a sixth mass extinction that’s being caused by our species – and is likely to lead to humanity’s demise if unchecked,’ reveals the report from scientists.
Researchers state that ‘The extinction rate since 1900 has been eight to 100 times higher than the expected background rate’ and the world is indeed coming to an end, soon!’.
‘The particularly high losses in the last several decades accentuate the increasing severity of the modern extinction crisis’, they reported.’
‘If it is allowed to continue, life would take millions of years to recover, and our species itself would disappear early on’ reveal scientists.
Although the report paints a depressing picture, Ceballos and his colleagues hold out a slender ray of hope.
“Avoiding a true sixth mass extinction will require rapid, greatly intensified efforts to conserve already threatened species, and to alleviate pressures on their populations – notably habitat loss, overexploitation for economic gain and climate change,” they write. “All of these are related to human population size and growth, which increases consumption (especially among the rich), and economic inequity. However, the window of opportunity is rapidly closing.”
However, they conclude stating that ‘It equates to 2.3 percent of all vertebrates over the next 100 years – after which it is likely the problem will decline rapidly because most countries will be rich and care much for the natural world’.
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