A September 18 paper in One Earth journalreports on a 13-year compilation of evidence about human impact on previously intact ecosystems.
Between 2000 and 2013, an area the size of Mexico has been degraded globally.
A big part is clearing tropical rainforests for palm oil and other agricultural products, but also roads and other human infrastructure do more damage than you’d think.
A few of the consequences are accelerated climate change, the emergence of new diseases (you know, the current global emergency?), and the extinction of many species.
This is the result of greed and short term, blinkered thinking. It reminds me of a story about a bunch of men in a lifeboat. Huge waves keep crashing in. All but one of the men are desperately baling. This fellow is drilling a hole. When the others object, he says, “What is it to you? It’s under MY seat!”