Mass Extinction Now
In anticipation of a global biodiversity meeting to be held in Brazil, the United Nations has released a new report that finds “humans have provoked the worst spate of extinctions since the dinosaurs were wiped out 65m years ago… the current extinction rate is up to 1,000 times faster than in the past”. While these pronouncements are true, it is long past time to write reports and hold international gabfests. The biological and ecological basis for all life is threatened, and we need both international and personal responses that match the scale of the looming disaster. Is it all over? Is advanced life on Earth doomed due to disinterest and selfishness?