Humanity on the brink of a terrible future: ahead of a pandemic, environmental, demographic problems

Mankind is on the verge of terrible events

The near future of mankind is filled with terrible events. If extraordinary measures are not taken to ensure sustainability on the planet, the consequences will not be long in coming. The researchers at the University of California listed several problematic phenomena that people will have to face. They will be expressed in endless pandemics, environmental, demographic and political problems.

A group of 17 scientists, who are sure that humanity is on the verge of a major, concluded sixth extinction, and the course of which is scientifically undeniable. Ecology professor Daniel Bloomstein believes that the importance of future problems was demonstrated by the attitude of people towards the current coronavirus pandemic.

Humanity did not appreciate the severity of the crisis and ignores the warnings of experts, not observing the severity of the consequences of the epidemic. Without full awareness of the magnitude of the problem, society will not be able to achieve even modest sustainable development goals, which will lead to disaster. During the period of its existence, our planet experienced five mass extinctions.

Each of them resulted in the loss of 70% of living species. The last extinction is dated 66 million years ago. Many factors already indicate that all environmental impacts will lead in the near future to the extinction of about a million species of living beings on the planet.

One of the catastrophic trends is associated with an increase in the world's population. Today, 7.8 billion people live on the Earth. This is twice as much as 50 years ago. By 2050, the figure will reach 10 billion inhabitants. Already, about 700 million people are starving due to lack of food.

This number will gradually increase. This will increase the risk of pandemics as new forms of epidemics emerge. Wildlife trade will increase, boosted by rising unemployment coupled with heat, intense floods and fires.

The quality of drinking water will become much worse, and this will lead to a deterioration in human health. The demographic, political, economic situation will be complicated. Such events will occur in the coming decades, and their consequences will have negative consequences for centuries to come.

Reference: “Underestimating the Challenges of Avoiding a Ghastly Future” by Corey J. A. Bradshaw, Paul R. Ehrlich, Andrew Beattie, Gerardo Ceballos, Eileen Crist, Joan Diamond, Rodolfo Dirzo, Anne H. Ehrlich, John Harte, Mary Ellen Harte, Graham Pyke, Peter H. Raven, William J. Ripple, Frédérik Saltré, Christine Turnbull, Mathis Wackernagel and Daniel T. Blumstein, 13 January 2021, Frontiers in Conservation Science. DOI: 10.3389/fcosc.2020.615419