One of the biggest factors in our future is the extremely rapid global loss of biodiversity. We are losing plants and animals to extinction at unprecedented rates. We’re living through a mass extinction, and it’s happening faster than the extinctions triggered by meteor hits. One third of the world’s species are now threatened.
The mass extinction and corresponding biodiversity loss doesn’t touch most people’s everyday lives yet. It remains abstract. That is going to change. Here are three of the major impacts we’ll see:
Related note: birds, bats, and frogs are all major consumers of insects, and they’re all being hit hard by the mass extinction. We’re going to see a visible increase in the insect population, especially winged insects like gnats and mosquitoes. Some of those are disease vectors, some are merely annoying.