[log in to unmask]">Dear SftP folks:
As I have written before, the world faces three anthropogenic existential threats that in my humble opinion must be placed center and forward in the SftP to educated, organize, and mobilize around not only because they are the right issues to focus on in terms of saving the world, but also because that is probably how the best new generation of science and technology workers and students may radicalize around. These are climate change, the Sixth Extinction, and the very real threat of nuclear war. Among these, the Sixth Extinction gets far less attention as it is largely seen as unknown species dying off and never getting a front page article devoted to them even though estimates of daily extinctions are quite alarming.
The following article is from Science online about how human activity has reduced the habitat for mammals by up-to two-thirds. Conservation biologists place habitat destruction as the leading cause of the ongoing species extinction.