The saddest irony of all time is that because of our brilliance we are destroying the planet:
Seventy-five percent of “familiar” animal species could be wiped out — gone forever — within three human lifetimes. Coral reefs, which provide habitat for a quarter of the ocean’s species, could be destroyed by 2070.
More than half of the world’s species have gone extinct in the last 40 years:
Humans are causing most of the extinctions:
And we are turning the world into an immense “pile of filth”:
Extreme overpopulation is one of the biggest problems. The planet cannot supply enough resources to support the current human population.
But overpopulation is not the only problem. The other is the fact that industrialized nations are disproportionately using the world’s resources such as fresh water, soil and timber. The U.S., with only 5 percent of the world’s population, uses 20 percent of the planet’s resources.
Update: Humans have used a year’s worth of natural resources as of today, Aug. 13, 2015. Everything used after this date is in excess of what the planet can provide. The result of this overuse means that there will less natural resources the next year, and the year after, until eventually there will be almost nothing left:
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The signs are everywhere that at some point in the not too distant future, we will have used so much of the world’s natural resources that the planet will deteriorate into a hellish, miserable place. It would take immediate, extreme and sustained global action to significantly reduce the overuse of natural resources.
President Obama announces plans to reduce power plant emissions and soften the impacts of climate change:
Companies send letter of support for the Environmental Protection Agency’s plan to curb global warming emissions:
Diverting money from the bloated U.S. defense budget would provide funding for renewable energy and environmental protection:
Update: President Obama calls for urgent action on climate change: