Scientists warn of “biological annihilation” as Earth’s mass extinction accelerates

The Extinction Chronicles

http://www.greanvillepost.com/2017/07/12/scientists-warn-of-biological-annihilation-as-earths-mass-extinction-accelerates/

We share this planet; we do not own it.
WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR THE ANIMALS TODAY?


By Josh Varlin, wsws.org


Dateline: 12 July 2017

Lion Looking Into the Distance. All great African species are under extreme pressure, and lions are liable to vanish in less than a human lifetime. Humanity’s self-centered footprint is inexorably killing untold millions of animals and wiping out thousands of species.
A study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS) indicates that human activity is precipitating “biological annihilation” and a mass extinction event. The peer-reviewed paper, “Biological annihilation via the ongoing sixth mass extinction signaled by vertebrate population losses and declines,” argues that the severity of the ongoing biodiversity crisis is often underestimated by looking primarily at extinctions (the loss of all individuals in a species). The study looks more broadly at species’…

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2 thoughts on “Scientists warn of “biological annihilation” as Earth’s mass extinction accelerates

  1. Indeed, we have simply been looking at iconic species, the visible ones, but not those invisible ones that also form part of the web of life.

  2. It’s good to see that the biological annihilation article caught the attention of the Marxist editors of Greanville Post and the World Socialist Website. Unfortunately, like most Marxists, they criticize Paul Ehrlich, one of the study’s authors, for identifying human overpopulation as the major cause of biological annihilation (including, but not limited to, mass extinction). Had we humans listened to Ehrlich decades ago, we might have avoided this catastrophe.

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