Ending All Species of Life on Earth: Man’s Fatal March to Extinction

posted by Jim Seerfar @ 21:40 PM
June 9, 2014

Sumatran-tigers       Some politicians deny it, spectacular media players ignore it, as do all people wearing their heads in the sands, but like it or not, human beings are pushing Mother Earth towards the Sixth and last Great Mass Extinction.

Of course, Nature has given all sorts of warnings.  It is well known that popular animals––i.e. Sumatran tigers, pandas, bees, birds, butterflies, frogs, golden lion tamarin, white tip sharks, Buff-tufted-ear tamarin, and ‘gazillios’ of plant species––are rapidly and forever disappearing off the face of the earth.

Moreover studies prove that man’s continuing action in: 1) Theft of animal habitat areas for agriculture, deforestation and real estate development (usually leaving even remaining habitations severely damaged); 2) Mass industrialization resulting in Global Warming; 3) Ceaseless pollution of air and water;

4) Introduction of alien invasive species into settled animal habitats (for example, giant pythons now slithering through Florida’s nature-filled everglades); 5) Animal poaching (i.e. elephants for their ivory tusks); 6) Overfishing to keep restaurant chains in business, etc.; and 7) Spreading diseases inter-changeably.

‘Science’ journal just published a study predicting that earth is headed for the Sixth Mass Extinction, and that man is the major cause. Duke University’s Stuart Pimm, lead author of the study, tells Associate Press: “We are on the verge of the Sixth Extinction.  Whether we avoid it or not will depend on our actions.”

As Zoe Schlanger argues in Newsweek:  “ . . . plant and animal species are now going extinct at least 1,000 times faster than they did prior to humanity’s arrival. That means that species are disappearing 10 times more rapidly than biologists believed before this study.

“This study follows numerous recent reports that document the rapid loss of whole groups of plants and animals. Last year, a U.S. government study found that amphibians in the U.S. are dying off so quickly that they could disappear from half of their habitats within the next two decades. Warming oceans and acidification mean coral reefs may face extinction within the century, and in 2006, a study concluded that saltwater fish will be entirely extinct by 2048.”

In his article for newscientist.com, Anil Ananthaswamy points to studies about the Sixth Extinction limited to butterflies-becoming-extinctevents in just one country: “Butterflies in Britain are going extinct at an even greater rate than birds, according to the most comprehensive study ever of butterflies, birds, and plants.”

He reports that 20,000 volunteers in England, Wales and Scotland turned over 15 million records of species to scientists at the Natural Environment Research Council Centre for Ecology and Hydrology. “The researchers found that populations of 71 percent of the butterfly species have decreased over the last 20 years, compared to 56 percent for birds and 28 percent for plants.”

Undoubtedly, skeptics point out that total species annihilation may take 200 or more years, but they won’t admit that each new scientific study shows that the rate of such species declines increasingly accelerates.

This blog often illustrates with an urgently important verse in the Book of Revelation: “And the nations were angry, and Thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that Thou shouldest give reward unto Thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear Thy Name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth (11: 18).” Believe this: God’s judgment will come long before He allows man to wholly destroy His earth.

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