Saturday, November 04, 2006

Burning down the house

A recent study predicting the extinction of all large marine life in the next fifty years has been garnering quite a bit of attention, rightly so. For instance, see CBS or the BBC's coverage.

An article by Alex Kirby points out that this is just one of half a dozen interrelated ecological crises the human race faces. Ironically, these crises are a result of our success as a species, we are destroying the Earth through overpopulation and its concomitant demand for ever more resources to maintain our burgeoning population.

Food:
An estimated 1 in 6 people suffer from hunger and malnutrition while attempts to grow food are damaging swathes of productive land.

Water:
By 2025, two-thirds of the world's people are likely to be living in areas of acute water stress.

Energy: Oil production could peak and supplies start to decline by 2010.

Climate change: The world's greatest environmental challenge, according to the UK prime minister Tony Blair, with increased storms, floods, drought and species losses predicted.


Biodiversity:
Many scientists think the Earth is now entering its sixth great extinction phase.

Pollution: Hazardous chemicals are now found in the bodies of all new-born babies, and an estimated one in four people worldwide are exposed to unhealthy concentrations of air pollutants. |Link|

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