Biodiversity Loss Is Rushing Us Towards a “Ghastly Future” of Mass Extinction

The planet, as you may have heard, is in pretty bad shape.

But the immense scale of the threats posed by global climate change and human-induced biodiversity loss could be even more grave than people understand.

Part of the challenge is that the world’s political and economic systems are designed to focus on short-term challenges and gains, causing the long-term problems of climate change, biodiversity loss, and ecological destruction to go unaddressed.

In fact, the scale of the threats to the biosphere and all its lifeforms is so great that it is difficult to grasp for even well-informed experts.

The problem is compounded by ignorance and short-term self-interest, with the pursuit of wealth and political interests which stop the action that is crucial for the survival.

Most economies operate on the basis that counteraction now is too costly to be politically palatable. This combined with disinformation campaigns to protect short-term profits it is doubtful that the scale of changes we need will be made in time.

“All this compounded together is leading us to a “ghastly future” of mass extinction and perhaps even the end of humanity.”

Reference- Journal Frontiers in Conservation Science, Flinders University, Futurism, BBC