Nike Air Max Uptempo 95 Triple White size 10Nike Zoom Rev QS BHM Black White Gold AA1009-001,11 WOMEN'S NIKE AIR MAX ZERO iD OHIO PINK GREY RUNNING CASUAL SHOES 9.5 MEN'S,Nike Air Zoom Mariah Flyknit Racer - 918264 100,Men's 2011 Nike Air Foamposite Pro Pine Green Black lot Sz 9.5 624041-301 foam,"2010" Original Nike Air Diamond Turf OG Deion Sanders 309434-100 Size 12,Air Jordan Trunner Lx High In Black And Metallic Gold Nike AA1347-021 Size 10,Nike Roshe One SE Mens 844687-008 River Rock Desert Moss Running Shoes Size 10.5Nike Air Span II 2 White Royal Blue Laser Orange AH8047-103 Men's 8 NEWNike Air Force One Low Suede ID size 8 AQ3661-991,Men's Nike Air Huarache Run Premium Pure Patinum/Black/Wolf Grey 704830 011,Mens Nike Kobe XI 11 Elite Low ACHILLES 8.5,DS Nike CJ81 Trainer Max TRANSFORMERS Sz 10 100% Authentic Retro Decepticon,nike air max 1 ultra moire mens running trainers 705297 006 sneakers shoes,NIKE Air Max Supreme 3 Running Shoe 10 White/Black 706993-100 New W/O Box,NIKE DUNK BLAZER ZOOM LOW CANVAS SB CNVS CAYENNE RED RUST WHITE 889053-619 DS 10,Nike Men's Air Max Lunar1 WR Running Shoes Size 8.5,{897646-003} MEN'S NIKE LEBRON SOLDIER 11 SFG 11 DARK GREY/GUM *NEW*,Nike Air Force 1 Men's Exclusive Leather Fashion Sneakers Black/Black 315122-001,Nike Sb Low 720 Degree 2007 Size 11,Nike Men Free Trainer V8 Shoes Training Navy Black Sneakers GYM Shoe AH9395-048NEW AH5534 200 MEN'S NIKE AIR FORCE MAX SHOES !! SEPIA STONE/MOON PARTICLE,Men's Nike Jordan 1 Flight 2 - 555798109 - White Legend Blue Black,Mr/Ms nike lunar TR1 FSU Clearance price modern unique,New Nike SB Zoom Dunk Low Pro Mens Shoe Size 13 Black Green White 854866 003,NEW Nike FREE TRAIN FORCE FLYKNIT mens ALL SIZEs USszs: 10-13 running 833275-017[AH6771 001] NEW MEN'S NIKE AIR FORCE 1 FOAMPOSITE CUP BLACK BLACK BLACK LE989,New Size 12.5 Nike Lunar Force 1 Duck Boot Low Camo Grey White AA1125-003NIKE SB STEFAN JANOSKI MAX MID WOLF GREY COOL GREY SKATE 807507 004 SZ 13,MEN'S SIZE 9 NIKE PRIME HYPE DF 2016 SNEAKERS OLYMPICS DEBUT 844787 001,

NIKE AIR MAX ANTHRICITE/CRIMSON 90 LTR PREMIUM BLK/GRANITE ANTHRICITE/CRIMSON MAX SIZE 10.5 c69303

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
New Nike FL-Rue Size 12.5 Mens 880994 100,

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.”