Earth’s Sixth Mass Extinction Is At Hand; How Can We Avert This Catastrophe?

A dire warning was issued by Stanford professor Paul Ehrlic to all humanity, that we currently  “entering another one of these events that could easily, easily, ruin the lives of everybody on the planet.”

Scientists used to challenge theories that extinction is occurring at a rate that isn’t seen for millions of years, scoffing that researchers overestimated the disaster.

But Science Advances published a new research which discovered that even by conservative measures “species are disappearing up to about 100 times faster than the normal rate between mass extinctions, known as the background rate.”

It was 66 million years ago that the earth saw the last mass extinction,  the dinosaur’s demise, believed to have been caused by massive-scale natural catastrophe.

Researchers say we are now seeing the early stages of  the first mass extinction  caused by human intervention.  And it’s not just obliteration of species that poses a problem, but also the dwindling populations reach a certain point when they can’t fill their niche in an ecosystem.

Ehrlich said, “We are not likely to lose the honeybee as a species, but we’re already losing it in lots of places where it’s very important say for pollinating your almond orchards.”

Researchers say this crisis can be averted through intense conservation methods.

In The Huffington Post  op-ed, Anthony Barnosky, one of the study’s researchers, gave some tips to avert the extinction crisis which is very real.

Barnosky says land should be used to grow food for people instead of food for animals so that there would be less deforestation  and more room for farmland. So it would be wise if people less meat

He also suggests supporting conservation groups by adopting an endangered species.

Our carbon footprint should be reduce to slow down global warming.

 

Barnosky says people should ensure they buy products that don’t harm the species, like ivory from elephants. On Friday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service raised awareness crushing one ton of ivory seized from the  black market in New York City.

“Life would take many millions of years to recover, and our species itself would likely disappear early on” if humans fail to act, said the researchers.

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Source: http://www.wsoctv.com/news/news/national/how-humans-can-try-prevent-sixth-mass-extinction/nmhhW/

 

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