A Biological Annihilation

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So far, Earth and its people have experienced five mass extinctions. Currently, a “biological annihilation” is sweeping species across the globe and the biggest cause is humans. This devastation is known as the Holocene Extinction, the sixth mass extinction.

Scientists blame human overpopulation and overconsumption for the extinction of many species and there is little time to put a stop to this wipe-out. Species are dying out at a rate of 4000 per year, or 100 per day. Nearly 27,000 species and counting are being threatened by extinction.

Among the species going extinct, the UN Report estimates that 44% of amphibian species , 33% of marine animals, and 10% of insect species are threatened. A study found that the insect population is decreasing at a rate of 2.5% per year. By 2050, 50% of all species on Earth will be either endangered or extinct due to habitat destruction and global warming.

An ecosystem needs balance to thrive. Conserving species is crucial for the quality of life, and without many of the species that are now endangered, our lives would be affected greatly. As of now, technology to help reverse the effects of human impact on the environment does exist, but the political will does not. A lot is at stake if humans continue to think this way, and if people don’t act now, the wellbeing of our environment will be harmed.