Tuesday, January 12, 2010

More humans means bigger extinction of species

Sadly, the humans are the biggest threat to biodiversity on our planet. And as the human population grows, more and more species will go extinct because human increase in population (and the resulting human expansion) is the major driving force behind the problem of extinction of the species. In fact, some latest studies have showed that the human expansion is forcing species to go extinct about 1000 times faster compared to nature process of selection, and the survival of the strongest.

What does the term "human expansion" consist of? This term does not only refer to increase in population but also the effect that this increase has on our environment; more humans need more place to live, meaning there is big need for new cities, new roads, new farms, and different other new infrastructure that destroys the habitats of many plants and animals pushing them towards extinction.

World leaders have one very demanding task, namely to find the balance between human need for expansion on one side, and the need to protect forests, rainforests, watersheds, and many different ecosystems on other side. It is very difficult to achieve this balance, and despite the world setting up the biodiversity targets in order to protect as much as plants and animals as possible, many animals will still go extinct because these targets are impossible to achieve with our current efforts.

Sadly, the loss of biodiversity is not slowing down, in fact as many different studies have shown it is more accelerating than slowing down, and few regional successes are certainly not enough to change the sad global image.

What humanity needs to be aware of is that loss of biodiversity presents serious threat to our survival as well because all life on our planet is interconnected, and every single organism plays important role in this beautiful diversity of life created by nature itself.

The extinction problem is already big, and will become even bigger in years to come. If this problem continues to grow further then the future of humans will look anything but bright.

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