By Esteban Ordoñez
A study published in Cell echoed by Motherboard puts figures on this destructive capacity: since 1992 we have taken 10% of the wild areas on the planet. The work has been carried out by the Australian University of Queensland and the figures are staggering: humans have thrown overboard about 1.3 million square miles of wilderness, that is, territories that are safe for human development . To get an idea of the magnitude of the loss, it must be taken into account that in total, now, the world has 11.6 million square miles of this type of region: 23% of the planet.
The risk is not in what we have already destroyed, but in what we are capable of destroying from now on. By 2050, that 23% is in serious jeopardy. This would affect human life. The most affected area is in Latin America. The Amazon area, according to those responsible for the study, has lost 30% of its surface, despite the fact that deforestation rates in the Amazon have dropped significantly from 2005 to 2013.
From the University of Queensland, they warn that these changes threaten the survival of hundreds of animal species that are currently in danger of extinction. And they also put figures: 12 percent of the mammals that are at risk of extinction could disappear. Indigenous communities whose way of life depends on these places will also be affected.
Climate change has its own rhythm, but without a doubt human activity, especially since the industrial revolution, is giving a boost to the cycles of nature. A lethal push.Ecoportal.net