Lonewolf posted this on the forum:
“Extinction rates are rising by a factor of up to 1,000 above natural rates. Every hour, three species disappear. Every day, up to 150 species are lost. Every year, between 18,000 and 55,000 species become extinct,” he said.”The cause: human activities.” Human Activities Wiping Our Species
This is (using the lower number) –
72 per day
2,189 per month
26,280 per year
525,600 per generation Bipeds Wiping Out All Life
Still think the collapse is not happening? Or that humans will somehow remain immune from their own actions and behavior?
If the higher number was used (150 per day), this would be:
150 per day
54,750 per year
1,095,000 per generation
Species extinction is critically serious because as species die out, other species will attempt to fill the missing niche. This creates a huge imbalance in biodiversity. Mosquitoes for example, can suddenly become endemic, carrying disease to humans and non-humans alike. Other diseases will suddenly have new vectors because their natural predators will have gone extinct. The increase likelihood for pandemics and emerging disease grows with each new extinction.
Eventually, as species loss accelerates (which is now happening), nothing replaces them except things like bacteria and mold and lower life forms. Biodiversity is the ‘sustenance’ of the human race. No species = no sustenance. It’s pretty simple, really. No sustenence = no humans.
Extinction means forever. One way of looking at is found here. 700 newly discovered species would last, oh about 9 1/2 days.