A new report by 22 international scientists published in Thursday’s edition of the journal Nature is stating we are nearing an age where we will have reached the “tipping point” on Earth that, once passed, will have “destructive consequences”.
Anthony Barnosky, professor of integrative biology at the University of California, Berkeley, and lead author for the study explained in a university press release that the research presents a combination of factors that lead to this tipping point. They include population growth, destruction of ecosystems and climate change as the factors.
“It really will be a new world, biologically, at that point”, Barnosky said in a statement. “The data suggests that there will be a reduction in biodiversity and severe impacts on much of what we depend on to sustain our quality of life, including, for example, fisheries, agriculture, forest products and clean water. This could happen within just a few generations”.
The report comes just before United Nations Rio+20 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro later this month.