The Millennium Ecosystem Assessment A Study Compiled By 1360 Scientists

806 Words Dec 10th, 2015 4 Pages
As humans, we are naturally selfish, but our children and grandchildren will be living in a deteriorating environment that won’t last for their children. Even though the environment is in despair, it can come to a halt, but only with extreme and expensive corrective measures. As humans, we are the only species on the planet killing it. It is up to us to protect what’s left. Human activity is putting such a strain on the natural functions of the Earth the ability of the planet’s ecosystem to sustain is no longer promising.
With the human population increasing every year there is a higher demand for energy, fresh water, food, and raw materials. The Millennium Ecosystem Assessment a study compiled by 1,360 scientists from 95 nations conducted research and looked at 24 of the Earth’s major ecosystems and found 15 are in serious trouble all as a result from human activity land, coral reefs, rivers, lakes, coastal areas, and oceans are a few tremendous ecosystems that are quickly being destroyed. Coral reefs have been degraded 20 percent in the past twenty years and another 20 percent have been destroyed completely beyond repair. Cultivated land covers one-quarter of the Earth’s land surface. Perhaps the most interesting information they gathered was 16,000 satellite photos from the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration. These photos highlighted issues of the end of the 20th century, as the human population reached 6 billion. World Bank chief and study co-chairman…

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