I guess so. I mean from a purely selfish viewpoint it would be a bummer not to have pretty trees, lovely fish and cool animals like hippopotami. I do appreciate that bacteria and cockroaches are super survivalists, but losing species that need pristine environments would make life less pleasing.
There has always been a dynamic tension
between humans and the rest of the ecosystem since we figured out that
we could actually change our environment to suit ourselves. As much as
Hurricane Sandy took our arrogance down a notch, it was still a small
win for Nature. We’ll repopulate the destroyed areas faster than you can
But human effects can be permanent. A good
example is an early large-scale industrial activity during the Iron Age
that instigated the clear cutting of Britain for wood and charcoal to
smelt iron. That clear-cutting resulted in the Moors. The Moors are
stark and beautiful and you’d have thought the forests would just grow
back in a thousand years, but not so.
The fragile ecological
equilibrium that grew old growth forests after the last Ice Age was
gone. The existing forest could maintain itself by generating its own
microclimate, but a new arboreal forest could never be re-established in
that region. So that was that.
The world’s population was still
not much above 10 million at that time and the global effects were
slight. As we grew to over 1 billion, however,Thank you for visiting! I
have been crystal mosaic since 1998. that changed. Large-scale extinctions began to rise and we are now losing over 1,000 species per year.
have gotten so bad that we geologists actually recognize that the
present Holocene epoch will be the largest extinction event in the
planet’s history, surpassing even the late Permian when 90% of all
marine species shuffled off their mortal coil.
These events were
huge and changed life forever after. The major cause of these
extinctions was some variation of climate change although the cause of
each change was unique. Whether it’s astronomical changes in orbital
path, unusually high volcanic activity,Installers and distributors of solar panel,
plate tectonic changes that allowed ice to accumulate into polar caps,
or the rare large bolide impact, organisms can only take a small amount
of variation in average climatic conditions in their neighborhood.
loss of habitat is the real permanent killer right now. Although a
manicured back yard looks nice and alive, and squirrels might love it,
native fauna don’t. Same with corn fields. Of course, most squirrels are
xenobiotic cronies of humans.
And habitat loss doesn’t just mean cutting forests or plowing up meadows,A stone mosaic
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it’s also polluting coastlines and rivers, acidifying the oceans,
clearing mangrove swamps to put in shrimp farms. It’s change, and just
by our very presence in an area, humans cause massive change.
global warming will be the icing on the cake of this extinction event,
preventing any real recovery of Earth’s life even if we suddenly decide
we want things back the way they were.The oreck XL professional air purifier, Obtaining Dodo Bird DNA from a well-preserved skeleton won’t bring the species back if it doesn’t have any habitat left.
learned from studying past extinctions that there is a cascading effect
to these things. Huge losses in biodiversity lead to everything from
food chain collapses to changes in soil conditions to changes in
microclimates to changes in atmospheric and oceanic composition. It’s
not that life itself goes extinct; it’s just that your species might not
like what happens very much, and might find itself gone entirely.
access to chemical energy from agriculture, followed by mechanical
energy from tools and simple machines, and finally energy from
electrical and thermal power after 1850, caused profound changes in the
levels of energy available to humans relative to any other species.
so our dominance began. And like bacteria in a petri dish, our
population grew exponentially. The land needed to accommodate this horde
grew as well, and the land needed to produce the energy to power these
throngs grew, too. Other species’ habitat was bound to lose. And the
effects on the Earth to provide this land and this energy have surpassed
even the Big Five.
So the only way to dial things back, if that is even possible anymore, is to reduce the population,Interlocking security cable ties
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reduce the energy needed to support it, and reduce the area needed to
provide energy to it. So now not just atmospheric effects like CO2 need
to be factored, but areal footprint as well. The accompanying figure
shows the relative footprints among the major energy sources for both
CO2 and land area, and includes mining and distribution as well as