When we usually hear “mass extinction,” we think about an asteroid hitting the Earth and wiping off life just how it happened during the dinosaurs era.
But it seems that even if it’s not that obvious this time, we’re again in the middle of a mass extinction which is taking place even as we speak.
This Is Insider online publication notes that this is the sixth such extinction in the history of our planet.
We’re experiencing a “biological annihilation,” and the current extinction has managed to proceed further than we can imagine.
Main signs we’re in the middle of the 6th mass extinction
The same online publication notes various signs that hint we’re in the middle of the sixth mass extinction. More than that, it unfortunately seems that human activity is the leading cause to blame for all of this.
- Insects are dying at record rates. It seems that 40% of the world’s insect species are declining today.
- Earth seems to be undergoing a process of biological annihilation. It looks like half of the total number of animal individuals that were on the same planet with us are gone today.
- More than 26,500 of the world’s species are threatened with extinction. What’s even worse than that is the fact that this number is expected to keep surging.
- According to a 2015 study, the average rate of extinction over the past 100 years is up to 100 times higher than normal.
- In 50 years, 1,700 species of amphibians, birds, and mammals will be faced with a higher rate of extinction because the natural habitats are shrinking.
- Logging and deforestation of the Amazon rainforest are extremely concerning these days.
- In the next 50 years, humans will be driving so many mammal species to extinction that Earth’s diversity will not recover for 3 million years.
- Alien species are a primary driver of recent animal and plant extinctions.
- Oceans are absorbing lots of excessive heat trapped on Earth and this kills aquatic life.
- Species that are living in fresh water are also harmed by climate change.
- Warming oceans will lead to a rise in the level of the seas. This has an impact on the vulnerable species habitats.
- Warming oceans are also triggering the melt of the Arctic and Antarctic and this also contributes to the rise in sea levels.
- One in six species is on track to go extinct.
Previous mass extinctions came together with warning signs and it seems that those indicators were very similar to what we’re seeing now.
We recommend that you head over to the original article to check out all the data and evidence supporting all these claims.
Rada attended the courses in the Faculty of Letters, Romanian-English section, and finished the Faculty of Theatre and Television, Theatrical Journalism section, both within the framework of Babeş-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca. Up till now, she reviewed books, movies, and theatre-plays, enjoying subjects from the cultural niche. Her experience in writing also intersects the IT niche, given the fact that she worked as a content editor for firms that produce software for mobile devices. She is collaborating with online advertising agencies, writing articles for several websites and blogs.