Although Earth's islands make up less than four per cent of the
planet's land mass, they are home to around a quarter of the world's
known plants - 70,000 of which do not exist anywhere else.
“Humanity doesn’t need a moon-base or a manned trip to Mars. We need an
expedition to planet Earth, where probably fewer than 10 per cent of
species are known to science, and fewer than 1 per cent of those have
been studied beyond a simple anatomical description and a few notes on
natural history. At the same time, we are engaged in a genocide against
those species, known and unknown; the sixth mass extinction has begun."
E.O. Wilson, Harvard evolutionary biologist and author of "The Creation."
Experts say that at least
half of the world’s current species will be completely gone by the end
of the century. Most biologists
say that we are in the midst of an anthropogenic mass extinction.
Numerous scientific studies confirm that this phenomenon is real and
happening right now. Should anyone really care? Will it impact
individuals on a personal level? Scientists say, “Yes!