Report: Humans near tipping point that could dramatically change Earth – CSMonitor.com

Posted by Michelle, June 14, 2012

 

The variety and distribution of plants and animals on Earth – and, for many species, prospects for survival – may be nearing an abrupt, fundamental change because of human activity, warns an international team of ecologists and biologists.

Unless humanity deals with the underlying causes that could be pushing Earth’s biosphere toward such a change, the results could lead to social and economic instability, write the researchers in a study unveiled Wednesday in the journal Nature.

The underlying triggers that the researchers say could lead to a global ecological tipping point have a familiar ring: population growth and the resulting thirst for resources, with their effects on land use, climate, and habitats

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