A team of scientists and ecologists has called for immediate action as a new study has ringed alarm over the intensifying threats of extinction to biodiversity due to deforestation.
The new study, appeared today in the scientific journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, has warned about the intensification of possible extinction of animal species and trees globally because of deforestation in the country. The study also highlights a “very real possibility” of extermination of many rare species that already have had happened. The lead author of the study and an Associate Professor at Sydney’s Macquarie University, John Alroy warns that if not capped, deforestation can wipe out most of the rare trees and animals from the jungles from across the world.
Researchers at the Macquarie University, while publishing the study have warned that species, ranging from butterflies and frogs to lizards are all at higher risks of extinction, reported the article published in China’s State-run Xinhua news agency. “The quantity of expected destruction that already has taken place is really sky-scraping, and it is high time that ecologists and scientific communities should start taking additional measures to protect the global biodiversity”, said the lead author of the study.
Adding to the statement, Professor John Alroy said, “I think the global scientific community have to find the results of our study alarming. “ Previously, the surveys have only focused on the local extinction of species, but the new research has come up with the first-of-its-kind report which includes the mass extinction of trees and wildlife which is not only about a local or undersized forest but about all-inclusive extinctions that are going on globally.
Tropical forests globally are home to the mainstream of all animal species, plant and trees and according to the new findings, disturbing their bionetwork could have a severe impact on the world. The new study also has highlighted about the increasing susceptibility of tropical forests, as the lead author said, “Tropical forests are treasured, and they are also much more delicate than I was expected earlier. Deforestation is driving these costly plants and rare species, living in the tropical ecosystem towards mass extermination which not beneficial for the world.”
Researchers, for the study, collected data from hundreds of local-scale experiments and surveys for carrying out this mega-survey. For the study, researchers isolated the works between those exploratory regions of immaculate forest and cases of troubled forests and compared the results to find out anticipated global species losses and possible extinctions.
According to Prof Alroy, small and non-flying species frogs, lizards and insect groups are likely to be at increased risks of destruction, while other species are also moderately vulnerable to death. Moreover, the study also has highlighted about the mass extinction that already has occurred, and this highlights a quick need for more researches and surveys.