All eyes are on this year’s Nabalabantfu’s picnic taking place this coming Saturday 15 December 2018 in KaMhlushwa, Nkomazi.
For a period of 3 billion and 300 million years, this earth’s surface has supported life.
The earth’s surface is currently doing away with its species, from animals living on ocean floors to those on land as well as in the air and this has a bad effect on the ecosystem.
This poses a great threat to human beings too, who are currently the major cause for the loss of animal lives.
Experts say we are now on the 6th earth mass extinction, following the last five mass extinction many years ago which claimed 99% of the earth’s species.
They say when too many species die out too quickly it creates a domino effect capable of bringing down the entire ecosystem.
The ecosystem as a whole supports life on the earth surface.
A 2016 study published in the journal Science said the current sixth mass extinction is killing off large ocean dwellers (like sharks, whales, giant clams, sea turtles and tuna) in shockingly greater numbers.
65 million years ago, the earth experienced another mass extinction, which wiped out dinosaurs.
Each of the previous extinctions wiped out between 50 and 90 percent of all species on the planet.
A 2017 study calls the loss of wildlife a “biological annihilation” and a “frightening assault on the foundations of human civilisation”.
Previous extinctions were often linked to asteroids or volcanoes, but this one is man made. This includes deforestation for farming, industrial pollution, settlement and infrastructure.
Species are disappearing up to 114 times more quickly than they did during previous mass extinctions.
(edited MLM, with Caxton Media)
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