Stanford scientists with collaboration to other bio-researchers predict extensive species extinction rate comparable to the extinction of dinosaurs millions of years ago.
Paul Ehrlich, the Bing Professor of Population Studies in biology and a senior fellow at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment along with his fellow researchers have declared that the Earth is entering its 6th mass extinction. The rapid extinction of species in the biosphere is increasing rapidly giving a very small window of opportunity to control the situation.
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Ehrlich has been working on the effect of biodiversity and social effects on the rate of extinction in the biosphere. His book from 1981 titled; Extinction: The Causes and Consequences of the Disappearance of Species and other works have been mainly on the co-evolution of humanly factors and their effect on the different species of flora and fauna and the loss of species.
Scientists are estimating the current extinction rate to that of the dinosaurs 66 million years ago. Although the figures are arguable on the basis of being completely hypothetical. The scientist have collected fossils and imprints and recorded that minimum impact time for the extinction called the background rate.
A new study in Science Advances journal establishes that the current extinction rate is still going rapidly compared to the background rate than ever before. Background rate is an estimate of how much minimum impact is recorded at a certain point of time.
"[The study] shows without any significant doubt that we are now entering the sixth great mass extinction event," said Paul Ehrlich, the Bing Professor of Population Studies in biology and a senior fellow at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment.
Presently the human increasing population and its bio-effects are destroying the bio hemisphere causing a rapid decline of the species life. This implicates that the human being nd their survival is costing the world its other precious life forms.
There is only a marginal space for action to prevent this permanent extinction of half the species around the world. It is important to control it as such due to the impact it will have on human life due to greater shift in biosphere which would in turn impact every remaining life form in existence.
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Such actions would include controlling the bio degrading actions of the human race and safeguarding the existence of red flagged species. The researchers hope that their pre-warning would help the human race to control a large scale disaster before it happens because sustenance of life then will become hard indeed.