Tuesday, October 10, 2017

FAU1 Blog post 1: The 6th Mass Extinction and What You Need to Know

The 6th mass extinction refers to the annihilation or destruction of biodiversity  on planet earth that is happening now. In other words, just as so many species of dinosaurs when extinct 65 million years ago, so too are thousands, perhaps even millions of species now going extinct on earth. Why is this import? Although extinction is a natural part of evolution, this time, things are very different and this is what you need to know.

Firstly, this mass extinction is related to the balance of the ecosystem. In other words, when one part of the ecosystem is weak or dies, other parts will also become weak and/or die. As this happens more and more, the rate of extinction also increases. Eventually, it is going to affect humans beings and this is one reason we need to do something about it.

Secondly, humans over fish and pollute the oceans, large parts of the oceans have begun to die off. These places called dead zones are huge areas of the sea where there is no oxygen. This means that nothing can live there. This is important because the oceans are like giant cleaners that clean the water and planet. If the oceans die, we die.

In conclusion, there is a lot that humans can do to stop this mass extinction and save the planet as well as humanity. However, in order to do this, we first need to become informed as to what's happening and why it's happening.

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