Threats Of Threats To Wildlife

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Threats to Wildlife

Today, scientists estimate that species are going extinct at a rate estimated at between 1,000 and 10,000 times what is natural, which translates, at the most modest of approximations, to between 200 and 2,000 species extinctions every year, and, at the more extreme end, to between 10,000 and 100,000 per year. Thus, it has become blatantly clear that human action and development have become, overwhelmingly, the largest threat to wildlife on the planet. The threat that we pose, however, can take many different forms: from the development of oil and gas, to overfishing and general pollution, almost every way we exploit our world has consequences for the beings that share it with us. With this in mind, we have drawn up the Top 5 ways we pose a threat to our planet-mates.

#5 Infrastructure
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Dams provide power and water to towns and cities, roads allow for the transportation of goods, and oil platforms in the ocean give us access to the resources our civilization needs, but each of these human expansions impinge on the habitats of other species. Roads disrupt migration routes and allow for further exploitation of the surrounding area, dams divert fresh water from dependent ecosystems, and drilling for oil has negative repercussions on the local marine life, even without considering the possibility of spills and accidents. In fact, more than 60% of the world’s rivers have been altered by the installation of dams, and all infrastructure development leads to a general increase in pollution

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