Contemporary Mass Extinction and the Human Population Imperative

December 20, 2010 • Climate Change & Mitigation, Daily Email Recap

Thanks to Eric Rimmer for this article from the Journal of Cosmology.

Humans and their predecessors have accelerated the loss of Earth’s biodiversity into a sixth global mass extinction. Paleontologically, it is a new phenomenon for a mass extinction to be attributed to a single species, but the evolution and expansion of humans has created unique circumstances. Whereas behaviors associated with the human enterprise can be tied to specific extinctions, the global pattern of biodiversity loss is clearly linked to the extraordinary growth of our population’s size and density. The prospects for continued losses of plant and animal species remain likely if the growth of the human population goes unabated.

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