Humans and the Decline of Biodiversity

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In the early mornings, animals of all different species can be seen roaming around any normal suburban back yard. The common animals that can be observed are rabbits, squirrels, birds and many more. What if those animals slowly started to disappear never to be seen again? This is the sad truth that is starting to unfold on planet earth. Earth is currently undergoing one of the largest mass extinctions in the history books. Why is this not being placed on the front page of every newspaper? The answer to that question is time. Humans do not take as much notice of things that happen over the course of millions and billions of years, because those same humans will not be around long enough to see the damage that is being caused here and now. These extinctions happen over millions of years, and even a few species dying every year is enough to add up over the course of millions of years. With this waning state of diversity on the planet earth, how will it affect all of humankind. Together with all of these other species a web has been formed, and although it is an extremely large and convoluted web it is also very fragile. The biosphere of Earth is just one potential species death away from catastrophic consequences in some cases, but the issues are still not addressed. Humankind’s overuse of planetary resources is part of the problem, but it is definitely not the only problem. Every step we take can have a potentially devastating impact on the environment. A few of the main problems facing our decrease in biodiversity are pollution, natural habitat destruction, and unsafe environmental practices such as drilling for fossil fuels or various precious minerals. Something must be done to help conserve the biodiversity on Earth before the f... ... middle of paper ... ...ve in a destroyed biosphere. Works Cited Lovett, Richard A. "Coal Mining Causing Earthquakes, Study Says." National Geographic. National Geographic Society, 03 Jan. 2007. Web. 05 Dec. 2013. "mercury poisoning." Collins Dictionary of Medicine. London: Collins, 2005. Credo Reference. Web. 04 December 2013. Rosenberg, Andrew A. "Overfishing."Issues in Science and Technology 18.4 (2002): 83-4. ProQuest. Web. 4 Dec. 2013. "Pollution." Biodiversity Information System for Europe -. BISE, n.d. Web. 05 Dec. 2013. "Global Carbon Emissions." CO2 Now. Joomla, n.d. Web. 02 Dec. 2013. "Forests: Overview." WorldWildlife.org. World Wildlife Fund, n.d. Web. 04 Dec. 2013. Boehner, John. "Boehner On Carbon Dioxide: 'Almost Comical'" Interview by George Stephonopoulos. ABC News. N.p., 19 Apr. 2009. Web. 4 Dec. 2013. .
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