During a recent study, scientists discovered that a mass extinction of animal species, with almost every type facing possible annihilation, appears inevitable if current global trends continue. In fact, after examining 27,600 vertebrates, researchers found that 30 percent of the vertebrate population has already been lost.
"Extinction of some animal species is happening faster than we expected. We are facing a mass extinction within those species in the next 100 to 150 years," a participating scientist explained.
The study also revealed that humankind is the biggest catalyst of mass extinction: "All living beings on earth are part of an equation that supports life on this planet. However, mankind is destroying the mechanism that allows all creatures to coexist." The study also suggested that increasing human population and excessive consumption play important roles in the destruction of the environment.
It has been predicted that at this rate, 70 percent of earth's animal species is set to disappear sometime during the next century.