Some Biologists are warning that due to the human race, we are about to experience a sixth (yes, 6th) mass extinction event in the Earths history, and it’s not like Hollywood would have you believe.
The planet’s current biodiversity, the product of 3.5 billion years of evolutionary trial and error, is the highest in the history of life. But it may be reaching a tipping point.
Scientists caution that the loss and decline of animals is contributing to what appears to be the early days of the planet’s sixth mass biological extinction event.
Since 1500, more than 320 terrestrial vertebrates have become extinct. Populations of the remaining species show a 25 percent average decline in abundance. The situation is similarly dire for invertebrate animal life.
In short- apparently we’re killing the planet.
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