Article purports biggest mass extinction event taking place now.

A “biological annihilation” of wildlife in recent decades means a sixth mass extinction in Earth’s history is under way and is more severe than previously feared, according to research.

Scientists analysed both common and rare species and found billions of regional or local populations have been lost. They blame human overpopulation and overconsumption for the crisis and warn that it threatens the survival of human civilisation, with just a short window of time in which to act.

The study, published in the peer-reviewed journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, eschews the normally sober 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”.

Prof Gerardo Ceballos, at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, who led the work, said: “The situation has become so bad it would not be ethical not to use strong language.”

Previous studies have shown species are becoming extinct at a significantly faster rate than for millions of years before, but even so extinctions remain relatively rare giving the impression of a gradual loss of biodiversity. The new work instead takes a broader view, assessing many common species which are losing populations all over the world as their ranges shrink, but remain present elsewhere.

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. Detailed data is available for land mammals, and almost half of these have lost 80% of their range in the last century. 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.

Billions of animals have been lost as their habitats have become smaller with each passing year.
The scientists conclude: “The resulting biological annihilation obviously will have serious ecological, economic and social consequences. Humanity will eventually pay a very high price for the decimation of the only assemblage of life that we know of in the universe.”

They say, while action to halt the decline remains possible, the prospects do not look good: “All signs point to ever more powerful assaults on biodiversity in the next two decades, painting a dismal picture of the future of life, including human life.”

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 overconsumption, especially by the rich”, say the scientists, who include Prof Paul Ehrlich, at Stanford University in the US, whose 1968 book The Population Bomb is a seminal, if controversial, work. (read the rest at the link)

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3 Responses to I CALL B.S. ON THIS ONE

  1. dekare says:

    Since the real problem according to these idiots is overpopulation, than the only real answer is to cut down on the number of people on the planet. And since so many environmentalists are supposedly committed to saving everything on the planet (except for human beings), that they should teach us by example…and kill themselves. Give up their homes so that a tree could be saved, quit eating so that an animal is not killed, and quit breathing so that mother gaia is not warmed. Go ahead, you first.

  2. Leonard Jones says:

    Close, but not quite a hit Dekare. After reading a number of quotes by the
    environmental left, I have come to the conclusion they want people other
    than themselves to die, not them or their kind.

    The communist geezer Ted Turner is on record calling for a coercive
    population reduction measure (mass murder) that would eliminate 9/10
    of all the humans on planet Earth.

    The Soviets adhered to a political system they called “Scientific.” So did
    Nazi Germany. If your ideology allows you to exterminate tens of millions
    in order to “Cleanse” and perfect your society, imagine what the next wave
    of communism will do if they believe they have a duty to save the earth
    by means of mass murder.

    Having fallen for every scientific hoax that comes along, they swallowed the
    Kool-Aid of neo-Stalinism, neo-Ludditeism, and neo-Malthusianism.

    As for the story, not one of these mass extinction scares have ever come true!

  3. mikeh420 says:

    This coming from a Mexican “university” means a lot…

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