Survival of Earthly Life Depends on Science and Technology: Analysis of Seven Scholarly Articles

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Running Head: SURVIVAL AND SCIENCE Nature Articles Name of Student School Introduction The unprecedented upheavals in the environment in the last few decades cannot escape anyone's notice. Widespread and increasing global pollution, natural disasters of unusual intensities in more and more places, new and deadlier diseases, disappearance of animal and plant species, and disturbing signs even in the skies are among these. Seven serious observers publish respective opinions on the nature of these threats and recommend solutions. From their pronouncement, a common thread can be gleaned. Survival of earthly life today largely depends on science and technology. Body At the current rate of degradation, about 20% of the earth's surface is predicted to become extinct (Thomas et al, 2004). This was the finding of a study conducted on the effects of climate change in sample regions. The prediction placed the probability of extinction in three ranges, namely, about 18% minimum, 24% mid-range, and 35% maximum. The investigated regions were the Queensland forests, Brazil for its vegetation, and South Africa for its Proteaceae species. The authors predicted that climate warming would add to other already recognized threats to global biodiversity. Loss of habitat is considered the greatest threat to the species in most regions. The interaction between threats is also predicted to produce the strongest impact of climate change. The affected species' ability to take refuge in

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