Polar bears face extinction due to the changing climate
Man is being blamed for “cataclysmic forces” such as meteors, volcanoes and earthquakes which has been responsible for the previous mass extinctions, including the death of the dinosaurs.
With the human population booming by 130 per cent in the last 50 years, and it is set to reach 10 billion by 2060, the demand for natural resources is unprecedented and causing extreme stress for the animal kingdom, claim experts.
Up to 25 per cent of mammals and 13 per cent of birds will be extinct as humans ravage their food chain and natural habitat, while hunting and pollution add to the animal’s woes.
A paper published in the journal Nature reads: “The ever-increasing and unprecedented extent and impact of human activities on land and in the oceans over the past few centuries has dramatically reduced global biodiversity.
Humans' impact is almost as
“There is overwhelming evidence that habitat loss and fragmentation, over-exploitation of biological resources, pollution, species invasions and climate change have increased rates of global species extinctions to levels that are much higher than those observed in the fossil record.”
Another paper added humans have been ruining the planet for other species since the beginning of their timeline.
It says: “Human-influenced extinctions began when modern humans moved out of Africa.
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“Successive waves of extinctions in Australia (50,000 years ago), North America and South America (10,000-11,000 years ago) and Europe (3,000-12,000 years ago) were driven largely by a combination of hunting by humans and natural climate change.
“By 3,000 years ago, Earth had lost half of all terrestrial mammalian megafauna species (with a mass of more than 44kg) and 15 per cent of all bird species.”
Hunting is contributing to the mass extinction
It added: “Extinction rates for birds, mammals and amphibians are similar at present to those of the five global mass-extinction events of the past 500 million years that probably resulted from meteorite impacts, massive volcanism and other cataclysmic forces.”
However, all hope is not yet lost providing that humans change their ways.
The paper states: “All species could benefit from the intensification of current conservation policies, as well as from policies that reduce underlying anthropogenic threats.
“Developing and enacting such policies, however, will require an unprecedented degree of engagement between stakeholders, policymakers, natural scientists and social scientists.
“Earth is capable of providing healthy diets for 10 billion people in 2060 and preserving viable habitats for the vast majority of its remaining species.”