The sixth mass extinction of wildlife on Earth is accelerating. Scientists warn that it could be a turning point for the collapse of civilization. This is stated in the material edition of The Guardian on 1 June.
It was discovered that more than 500 species of animals are on the brink of extinction and could be lost within 20 years. For comparison, the same amount was lost over the last century. According to scientists, without the role of man in nature this process would take thousands of years.
Terrestrial vertebrates, which are on the verge of extinction, there are less than 1000 species Among them Sumatran Rhino, Klionsky the Wren, the toad, the Panamanian harlequin and giant tortoises from the island of Hispaniola. According to scientists, they have already lost 94% of their populations.
The researchers also warned about the Domino effect where the loss of one species affects the other, dependent on him. According to scientists, unlike other environmental problems, extinction is irreversible.
Scientific Director of WWF, mark Wright stated that he was shocked about the new trials. He stressed that there is still hope that will stop the destruction of forests in countries such as Brazil, and people will be able to reduce the loss of biodiversity and prevent climate change. For this purpose, according to Wright, we need a global ambition.
The first mass extinction occurred about 540 million years ago, the last of the fifth to 66 million years ago when the dinosaurs became extinct.