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Three scientists are issuing a real-life doomsday prophecy by saying humans have done such significant damage to earth and its inhabitants that we’re careening toward the biggest mass-extinction since the one that wiped out the dinosaurs.
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Scientists Warn That We’re Are Almost Out of Time
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In a new study published in early July, the scientists—Rodolfo Dirzo, Gerardo Ceballos, and Paul R. Ehrlich—show that the populations of nearly 9,000 species are seriously threatened… and that their extinction will negatively impact human life, as well. “This is the case of a biological annihilation occurring globally, even if the species these populations belong to are still present somewhere on earth,” Dirzo says. The study shows that billions of animal populations that once lived on our planet are gone—and the study’s authors describe these disappearing populations as “a massive erosion of the greatest biological diversity in the history of earth.”
West African lions are one example. There are about 400 of them left, but historically, there were tens of thousands roaming southern Europe, northwest India, most of Africa, and even the Middle East.
Who’s to blame? According to the study, we are.
Habitat losses, pollution, and climate disruption—all human-driven—have led to the major population drops these animals have suffered.
“This is the first mass extinction which the cause knows what it's doing and is harming itself,” says Ehrlich. “When the asteroid hit 66 million years ago, the asteroid wasn't making a choice. Now the driver is human overpopulation and overconsumption by the rich, and that's generally accepted.”
Ehrlich and Dirzo’s co-author, Ceballos, agrees.
“The massive loss of populations and species reflects our lack of empathy to all the wild species that have been our companions since our origins. It is a prelude to the disappearance of many more species and the decline of natural systems that make civilization possible.”
What Do You Think?
Are we really on our way toward a mass extinction, and if we are, is it too late to do anything about it? What do you think the effects on humans would be if we continue on this path? I’d love to hear your opinions, so please feel free to share them on my Facebook page or my Twitter feed.