And that is how 0.01% (humans) destroys 83% of wildlife
Updated: Mar 20, 2019
Since civilization was established, the human kind has managed to destroy 83% of the wildlife mammals (until today).
Almost seven months have passed since Yinon M. Bar-On, Rob Phillips, and Ron Milo, published their study «The biomass distributions on Earth» in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. According to this, 0.01% of humans (that’s how many we are in confront to all the other species of the planet), have managed to destroy 83% of the wildlife mammals (until today) since civilization was established… One-sixth of wild animals is all we have left, whereas in the oceans just a fifth is remaining after three centuries on whaling…
«It is definitely striking, our disproportionate place on Earth… Our impact on the natural world remains immense, particularly in what we choose to eat. Our dietary choices have a vast effect on the habitats of animals, plants and other organisms», said Prof Ron Milo at The Guardian, adding that «When I do a puzzle with my daughters, there is usually an elephant next to a giraffe next to a rhino. But if I was trying to give them a more realistic sense of the world, it would be a cow next to a cow next to a cow and then a chicken».
If you want to know more, all you have to do is take a look at the whole study which you can find here.
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