Planet Earth, this great big hunk of green and blue that we call home is on the brink of a sixth mass extinction and it’s all our fault.
According to leading experts, the end of the human race and the world as we know it, has been steadily put into motion and could take place within the next three generations.
Within approximately 75 years we could see almost half of all living species on the planet vanish into the history books as more and more creatures become extinct. Animals are now disappearing 100 times faster than they did before the 1900s.
That's a death rate that hasn’t been matched since dinosaurs were killed off over 66 million years ago. Only this time it’s not down to some colossal meteor, it’s the work of humans.
The onset of doomsday has been kick-started by modern humans more or less cannibalizing the planet and habitats that usually form the home of other species. Which in turn has a further knock-on effect on the ecosystem that helps our own species thrive.
Speaking about the new research carried out by Stanford University, Princeton University and the University of California, Stanford Professor of Biology Paul Ehrlich who co-wrote the study commented that:
"There are examples of species all of the world that are essentially the walking dead."
Whilst lead author Gerardo Ceballos of the Universidad Autonoma de Mexico said:
"If it is allowed to continue, life would take many millions of years to recover and our species itself would likely disappear early on."
According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, about 41 percent of all amphibian species and 26 percent of all mammals are threatened with extinction which sets mankind on a very ropey path if we want to stick around for the long-run..
The findings on the study called for "rapid, greatly intensified efforts to conserve already threatened species, and to alleviate pressures on their populations — notably habitat loss, over-exploitation for economic gain and climate change."
Let’s hope it’s not too late.