Anup Shah, author and editor of the website, Global Issues: Social, Political, Economic
and Environmental Issues That Affect Us All, writes to confidently raise
awareness and inform others on the issues taking place today. While he may not
have received any credentials in international relations or any other global
issues related degree, he states, “you don’t need qualifications to be
concerned and want to do something.” Shah wrote an authentic piece on
biodiversity loss and extinctions that humans are causing globally. Approximately
ten years ago, the extinction rate was approximately one thousand times the
standard extinction rate on Earth. While extinction is expected in nature, in
the next century, scientists are estimating that amount to ascend to a number
ten times that rate. Organisms, such as birds, mammals, amphibians, crops,
corals, etc., are currently severely threatened and heading towards extinction.
Today, about seven percent of species are alarmingly endangered, ten percent
are endangered and another twenty-seven percent are susceptible to this title
of endangerment. Unfortunately, humans are the ones to blame for this loss of biodiversity
due to climate change, habitat destruction, ocean acidification and much, much
more. Not only are these human-induced issues hard on the environment, but
causing economic problems as well as some people are tempting to fix what we
have previously destroyed. For example, it is estimated that to reduce the
effect humans have had on climate change will cost over three trillion dollars.

While I believe Shah wrote a brilliant article, I recommend that
he should have added the one, yet biggest, impact that humans are approaching.
This is the possibility of causing ourselves to become extinct. Many humans are
unaware, or ignore, the fact that we are a part of our environment. Our actions
not only affect animals, plants and other organisms, but ourselves as well. There
is a strong probability that humans will run out of resources if changes are
not made to our daily life styles. I was surprised by how often the author
discussed the possible extinction of many amphibians. When we think of
organisms that may become extinct, we naturally rarely think of amphibians, but
bigger mammals. I appreciate Shah touching on these species and the importance
they have. Shah provided numerous statistics and facts from many other sources
that made his piece seem extremely credible and generally nonbiased. However,
as he stated many financial problems arises from environmental problems that
included buying machinery, technology, etc., that could help the issue, he
forgot to mention another argument, that if all humans just simply decided to
cut back on their behaviors in extreme ways, we could save our environment
while we still have the chance. Also, he questioned many credible sources in
his article, such as the United Nations Environment Program, that made a few
points seem biased and questionable. Overall, I believe Shah wrote a convincing
piece on the importance of biodiversity on our planet.

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