Earth at the present moment is now experiencing the greatest
mass extinction of species since the age of the dinosaurs,
and the sixth in the history of the world. This one is
different though and accelerated by man's activities. It is
considered by most scientists to be an even bigger problem
than global warming (which is only one of the causes), and
the projected catastrophic loss of species and accompanying
reduction in genetic biodiversity will have exceedingly dire
consequences for us all if it comes to pass. This is one of
the major threats to human existence.
If we succeed in destroying the complex genetic matrix that
is the biosphere, then things may really get strange,
making the global warming effects -the monster hurricanes
and torrid heat waves -we are currently experiencing seem
like the good old days..