British Professor Paul Ehrlich from Stanford University in the United States (USA) announced that the Earth may be exposed to the sixth wave of mass extinction of animals and plants.
In an interview with the Daily Mail, a UK daily newspaper, the professor points out that the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) predicts that in the next ten years, the world will witness a mass extinction wave that has not been known since the extinction of the dinosaurs.
This wave will include millions of plants and animals across the planet.
He added that scientists fear that the sixth mass extinction wave may occur before our very eyes. This is possible due to excessive deforestation and continued hunting and fishing activities.
The professor pointed out that mass extinction is one of the current threats to human civilization, along with climate change, global poisoning, and the resumption of the nuclear arms race.
“Although there has been debate about the previous five waves of extinction, there is no indication in the scientific community as to why the sixth wave persists,” he says. “Many people, the rich in particular, are consuming too much, exacerbating gender discrimination and inequality, both racially and economically.”
According to him, all this will happen in the next 10-50 years, in the light of which the future of humanity will be determined.
It is reported that the Earth has witnessed five mass extinction waves so far, the last of which was 66 million years ago when a large asteroid collided with the Earth and caused the extinction of the dinosaurs.
At the end of December 2021, Australia announced the installation of the Earth’s “black box” to monitor environmental conditions, record temperatures, water, and the extinction of species.