We are a health and wellness blog and do not report on studies such as this one, but when we read the study we were so taken by the enormity of the problem that we felt compelled to bring it to the attention of our readers.
The human population of the earth has swelled to 7.5 billion. This increase in population has had a devastating impact on all other life forms from insects to birds, to reptiles, to marine life and to humans.
In the past 40 years the number of wild animals has plunged 50%. The World Wildlife Fund estimates that populations of vertebrates has fallen by about 60%. There has been a 90% plunge in the number of monarch butterflies in America, a loss of 900 million.
At least 338 vertebrate species have gone extinct Currently there are 26,500 species threatened with extinction. In fact many scientists now believe that we are living through a mass extinction period during which at least 75% of all species vanish from the earth.
If that is true it would be the sixth mass extinction of life forms on the earth. The last one occurred 450 million years ago. These prior events were triggered by a natural disaster. This time it is humanity that is causing the problem.
If this trend continues the survival of humanity is at risk. Think about it.