adidas Messi 15.3 Indoor Soccer Shoes -Cleats S74691 $100.00 Retail,3 Adidas ADICLUB Full Zip WIND GOLF JACKETS Navy, Gray & Red - XL - NEW WITH TAG,adidas Milwaukee Bucks Gray/Hunter Green 2016 Tip-Off Pullover Hoodie,adidas Louisville Cardinals Black School Logo climawarm Fleece Pullover Hoodie,New York Red Bulls adidas Women's climalite Half-Zip Pullover Jacket - RedAdidas Men's Cloudfoam Superflex Tr Ankle-High Trail Runner,New Adidas Women's Womens 3Mc Suede Shoe Rubber Black,ADIDAS STAN SMITH BZ0454 SIZE 8 NWB,adidas ORIGINALS MENS SAMBA SUEDE SIZE 7 8 8.5 9 10 11 12 TRAINERS SHOES BLUEADIDAS FREAK X KEVLAR DARK OPS FOOTBALL CLEATS SIZE 13 HEMP SAND AQ6836 RARE!!,ADIDAS GOLF COMPETITION WIND JACKET,100% Authentic Damian Lillard Adidas Blazers Swingman Jersey Size 2XL 52adidas Texas A&M Aggies Black School Logo climawarm Fleece Pullover Hoodie,ADIDAS ORIGINALS TUBULAR MENS SIZE 11 SNEAKER CG5071 INVADER STRAP EASY BLUE,ADIDAS ADIZERO PRIME SP TRACK FIELD SPIKES MENS SZ 7.5 NAVY WHITE GREEN AF5662,Adidas Originals ZX Flux ADV X Limited Edition Mens Classic Suede Trainers GreenADIDAS TUBULAR RUNNER WEAVE MENS SNEAKERS ADIDASBASGRN FTWWHT VERBASM,Adidas Originals Burgundy & White Gazelle Traineradidas F1776M303 Freak Carbon Lacrosse Shaft Copper/Black 30",Men's Black Adidas Z-Traction Golf Shoes Size 11,Display Case For Your 2018 FIFA World Cup Soccer Adidas Autographed Soccer Ball,Kansas Jayhawks adidas Pride Replica Jersey - Gray,Adidas Crazyquick Lacrosse Mid Cleats Running White/Electricity S85749 Size 12.5,Men Adidas Tubular Runner Triple Black Q16465,Adidas Skateboarding - Busenitz - Dennis Busenitz Pro Model, Skate Shoes, TraineADIDAS TUBULAR SHADOW SZ 8 ORIGINALS GREY CRYSTAL WHITE KNIT BY3570adidas Powerlift 2.0 Weightlifting ShoesAdidas Adizero 5-Star 6.0 Uncaged Lion White Gold BW0776 - Men's 14 - New,Adidas Men's Adicross Bounce Golf Shoes, New,LaMarcus Aldridge Authentic ADIDAS SWINGMAN JERSEY Sz XL NWT Trailblazers Spurs,

ADIDAS LOS 9.5 ANGELES Mens US Size 9.5 LOS Triple White S42021 Athletic Sneakers c37484

Researchers talk of ‘biological annihilation’ as study reveals billions of populations of animals have been lost in recent decades

This article is over 1 year old
ADIDAS ALPHABOUNCE HPC SZ 8.5 MULTI SOLID GREY UTILITY CORE BLACK BB9049,

A “biological annihilation” of wildlife in recent decades means a sixth mass extinction in Earth’s history is under way and is more severe than previously feared, according to research.

Scientists analysed both common and rare species and found billions of regional or local populations have been lost. They blame human overpopulation and overconsumption for the crisis and warn that it threatens the survival of human civilisation, with just a short window of time in which to act.

The study, published in the peer-reviewed journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, eschews the normally sober tone of scientific papers and calls the massive loss of wildlife a “biological annihilation” that represents a “frightening assault on the foundations of human civilisation”.

Prof Gerardo Ceballos, at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, who led the work, said: “The situation has become so bad it would not be ethical not to use strong language.”

Previous studies have shown species are becoming extinct at a significantly faster rate than for millions of years before, but even so extinctions remain relatively rare giving the impression of a gradual loss of biodiversity. The new work instead takes a broader view, assessing many common species which are losing populations all over the world as their ranges shrink, but remain present elsewhere.

The scientists found that a third of the thousands of species losing populations are not currently considered endangered and that up to 50% of all individual animals have been lost in recent decades. Detailed data is available for land mammals, and almost half of these have lost 80% of their range in the last century. The scientists found billions of populations of mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians have been lost all over the planet, leading them to say a sixth mass extinction has already progressed further than was thought.

The scientists conclude: “The resulting biological annihilation obviously will have serious ecological, economic and social consequences. Humanity will eventually pay a very high price for the decimation of the only assemblage of life that we know of in the universe.”

They say, while action to halt the decline remains possible, the prospects do not look good: “All signs point to ever more powerful assaults on biodiversity in the next two decades, painting a dismal picture of the future of life, including human life.”

Freeman was part of the team that produced a 2014 analysis of 3000 species that indicated that 50% of individual animals have been lost since 1970, which tallies with the new work but was based on different IUCN data. He agreed strong language is needed: “We need people to be aware of the catastrophic declines we are seeing. I do think there is a place for that within the [new] paper, although it’s a fine line to draw.”

Citing human overpopulation as the root cause of environmental problems has long been controversial, and Ehrlich’s 1968 statement that hundreds of millions of people would die of starvation in the 1970s did not come to pass, partly due to new high-yielding crops that Ehrlich himself had noted as possible.

Ehrlich has acknowledged “flaws” in The Population Bomb but said it had been successful in its central aim – alerting people to global environmental issues and the the role of human population in them. His message remains blunt today: “Show me a scientist who claims there is no population problem and I’ll show you an idiot.”