Tipping Point

According to a recent Science Daily article, a group of scientists from around the world is warning that population growth, widespread destruction of natural ecosystems, and climate change may be driving Earth toward an irreversible change in the biosphere. This could equate to a planet-wide tipping point that would have destructive consequences absent adequate preparation and mitigation. "It really will be a new world, biologically," warned Anthony Barnosky, professor of integrative biology at the University of California, Berkeley. "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."