Humans Are Speeding Extinction and Altering the Natural World at an ‘Unprecedented’ Pace

| May 6, 2019 | Leave a Comment

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Media Type: News / Op - Ed

Date of Publication: May 6, 2019

Author(s): Brad Plumer

Newspaper: The New York Times

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Humans are transforming Earth’s natural landscapes so dramatically that as many as one million plant and animal species are now at risk of extinction, posing a dire threat to ecosystems that people all over the world depend on for their survival, a sweeping new United Nations assessment has concluded.

The 1,500-page report, compiled by hundreds of international experts and based on thousands of scientific studies, is the most exhaustive look yet at the decline in biodiversity across the globe and the dangers that creates for human civilization. A summary of its findings, which was approved by representatives from the United States and 131 other countries, was released Monday in Paris. The full report is set to be published this year.

Its conclusions are stark. In most major land habitats, from the savannas of Africa to the rain forests of South America, the average abundance of native plant and animal life has fallen by 20 percent or more, mainly over the past century. With the human population passing 7 billion, activities like farming, logging, poaching, fishing and mining are altering the natural world at a rate “unprecedented in human history.”

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  • Steven Earl Salmony

    If human beings are indeed accelerating a Sixth Extinction Event and ravaging the Earth in the process, then what are we to do about the Global Predicament humans have precipitated?

    Could we examine what is ailing the human species and why overproduction, overconsumption and overpopulation activities of H. sapiens that are now overspreading the surface of the planet are being allowed to cause the massive extirpation of Earth’s biodiversity, the irreversible degradation of its environs, the relentless dissipation of its limited resources as well as recklessly threaten the future of children everywhere?