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.

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

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.

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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