Just a tiny little virus. That was enough to teach human beings a great lesson in humility. All the mega muscles of body builders: defeated. All the mighty armies with nuclear weapons: defeated. All the imperialist economies: defeated! And that's just the beginning of what the Natural Order has in store for a species which is responsible for the extinction of millions of species of plants and animals.
Up to one million species face extinction due to human influence, according to a draft UN report obtained by AFP that painstakingly catalogues how humanity has undermined the natural resources upon which its very survival depends.
The accelerating loss of clean air, drinkable water, CO2-absorbing forests, pollinating insects, protein-rich fish and storm-blocking mangroves — to name but a few of the dwindling services rendered by Nature — poses no less of a threat than climate change, says the report, set to be unveiled on May 6.
Indeed, biodiversity loss and global warming are closely linked, according to the 44-page Summary for Policy Makers, which distills a 1,800-page UN assessment of scientific literature on the state of Nature.