AFTER 3.5bn years, it’s official, the end of the world is finally upon us and leading scientists have claimed its just 100 years away and we’re the ones to blame.
Experts today sounded the death knell for life on Earth warning we are devastatingly closed to reaching an evolutionary “tipping point”.
Alarming new statistics paint a Doomsday picture of the crippling effect human activity has had on the earth and the species around us.
And experts’ have put out a grim warning claiming that humans are heading the same way as the dinosaurs, with as little as 100 years left on the planet.
Research, published in the journal Science, claims the loss of so many animals could trigger the planet’s sixth mass biological extinction event.
Previous disasters – like the total disappearance of dinosaurs 65million years ago – are thought to have been caused by natural disasters or catastrophic asteroid strikes.
But our current collision course with Armageddon is entirely of our own making, according to Rodolfo Dirzo, Professor of Biology at Stanford University.
In the journal he presented evidence of more than 320 bird and animal species vanishing since the year 1500 due to human existence.
Meanwhile, populations of the five million species left have declined by an average 28 per cent.
“Who would have thought that just defaunation would have all these dramatic consequences? But it can be a vicious circle.
“We tend to think about extinction as loss of a species from the face of Earth, and that’s very important, but there’s a loss of critical ecosystem functioning in which animals play a central role that we need to pay attention to as well.
“Ironically, we have long considered defaunation is a cryptic phenomenon, but I think we will end up with a situation that is non-cryptic because of the increasingly obvious consequences to the planet and to human well-being.”
A study published by Nature in 2011 said we have just a century to mend our ways before the “tipping point” guaranteeing mass extinction is reached.
Written by Giles Sheldrick.