Species Extinction Rate Accelerated By 1,000 Times Due To Human Activity And Climate Change

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The process of species extinction has accelerated up to 1,000 times due to the abusive exploitation of natural resources and the climate change generated by human activity so that the consequent destruction of ecosystems endangers the well-being of our planet’s species and promotes a drastic reduction in biodiversity. At least, that’s the warning published in an article issued by researchers at University College London, England, United Kingdom, via the portal The Conversation.

Species extinction rate accelerated significantly in the past decades due to climate change and human activity

Although extinction is a natural and even necessary phenomenon for nature, as some experts call it “the engine of evolution,” the human activity causes accelerated the species extinction rate which now disproportionately affect specific groups and create critical imbalances, as said Elizabeth Boakes and David Redding.

Thus, the authors of the paper stress that animals with larger bodies are more prone to this danger, as are species found at the beginning of the food chain. On the other hand, epiphytic plants, those that grow on other plants which they use as support, and late-flowering plants are also more vulnerable to the species extinction threat.

Species extinction rate accelerated by 1,000 times in the last decades, the scientists say.

Amphibians extinction rate accelerated by up to 45,000 times

In any case, the risk of extinction is substantially higher for groups of species with few close relatives or living in the same habitat threatened by pollution and over-exploitation. In particular, certain amphibians suffer from this destructive trend, and their rate of extinction is accelerating by up to 45,000 times. However, most of these phenomena happen without the human being realizing it.

All of this translates into disproportionate changes in the evolutionary process and the irreversible loss of entire groups of animals, rather than losing only several species. In addition to that, the disappearance of species that perform similar functions, such as plant pollination and seed dispersal, could lead to severe imbalances in ecosystems.


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