Humans are exceeding the bounds of natural systems and acting as "super-predators," a new report finds.
Humans have been aware of the Lotka-Volterra equations for a long time. These govern the predator-prey (or parasite-host) relationship. We are well overdue for a crash.
This focused study provides just one instance of myriad areas in which human impacts far outstrip natural impacts, calling for intentional limitations on human intervention in natural systems.
The still-accelerating introduction of novel and toxic chemicals into natural systems is a prime area where strong restrictions should long since have been imposed by the mass of humanity upon the "superpredators" who focus on narrow definitions of "productivity," power, and profit.
Military and nuclear technologies... industrial agriculture... obviously fossil fuels... the precautionary principle has long since been thrown overboard by "interested parties" who purchase compliance through production of industrial consumer goods, induce ignorance through propaganda and mass media, and enforce acceptance through war, police and prison.
Now, as the impacts of the human assault on natural systems have reached the point of stark obviousness in ecological breakdown, we also face nano-technology, cybernetics, robotics, and the spread of corporate control over all transactions and communications.
Excellent comment! Well-written, eloquent and informative. Thank you.
Whatever happened to stewardship of the environment/planet and respect for all life? Oh, yeah...forgot for a moment...GREED, AVARICE, NEGLECT, HEGEMONY and absolute EVIL.
Humans are stripping the planet bare. Predators in many instances cull the weak and sick, man targets breeders and the most effective genes, whether marine species, mammals or whatever. man is the only "predator" ("super-predator" if you absolutely must) that kills for ego and greed. We are witnessing the eradication of so many gene pools it sickens - a million years of natural selection rubbed-out by ignorance and greed in a twinkling. What we don't kill for sport or ego or food, we poison,shoot, trap to make room for our livestock, cattle, sheep and wipe-out natural predators for burgers. We are the problem, too damn stupid and corrupted by money to stop destroying Mother earth and Her creatures.........
"We are the most dangerous species of life on the planet, and every other species, even the earth itself, has cause to fear our power to exterminate. But we are also the only species which, when it chooses to do so, will go to great effort to save what it might destroy" -- Wallace Stegner
"Until we have the courage to recognize cruelty for what it is -- whether its victim is human or animal -- we cannot expect things to be much better in this world. We cannot have peace among men whose hearts delight in killing any living creature. By every act that glorifies or even tolerates such moronic delight in killing, we set back the progress of humanity" -- Rachel Carson
"Without a shift to such sustainable practices, the authors write, humans "will continue to alter ecological and evolutionary processes globally."
...And cause their own extinction as well.
Just filling in the blanks....
Cool, so Wallace Stegner and Rachel Carson are also charter members of the Tag Team! And this little piggy went we we we, all the way home!
Seriously though, thanks for your post. One of the reasons i am so sick of the "anti-we" campaign here is it thoroughly distracts from focusing on taking action. i've spent more than forty years now exhorting people to take anthropogenic ecological dis-integration seriously. We need "all hands on deck" and all tools in hand to address it.
Or, in keeping with your post, we NEEDED all hands on deck and all tools in hand, 55 years ago, upon publication of Carson's masterwork. It seems clear that there is no stopping this train now. But what else am i going to do but keep working? i mean, i've always been going to die anyway.
Humans have always been predators. There are just too many of them now and with super killing weapons.
Recycled grey and Black Water (double entendre intended), the concept of 'planned obsolescence', Pacific gyres, toxic landfills, waste export, mining tailing holding ponds, and a virtually endless list of what are essentially extended and or projected anus functions would seem to confirm your observation.
It is one of the elephants. No elephant is "the" elephant.
When they were busy wiping out the mammoth and the giant sloth were not capitalists. This is a human problem; comes from our genes.
Which arrived on Earth by mysterious and unknowable means.
You may be referring to his wonderful series, "A Planet For the Taking", 1985.
The PTB took the series out of distribution twenty years ago, and it's very hard to find. But at the moment, you can see six of the eight episodes on Youtube. Highly recommended.
"All animals have 'enemies' or at least creatures that they fear in the natural world, and some predators are feared by many. Humans however, are an enemy to all living things, despite the fact that many of us claim to love nature and a few selected species".
The concept of human supremacism (the rationale for our exploitation of all others) pre-dates even capitalism...it's "The First ISM".
Freeman Dyson would rejoin with an "all's right with the world" if only his weltanschauung were acceptable.
As smart as the human race is.......we are also the dumbest creature who has lived on this planet.
The analogy that occurred to me 20 years ago and seems even more true today is that humanity is a virus that is attacking and destroying this beautiful planet earth. This virus carries diseases called organized religion, nationality, racism, greed and other deadly diseases that go along way in destroying the environmental systems needed by other life forms to survive. The species Homo sapiens is an evolutionary dead end.
Anyone know if 'sustainability' is in the bible, koran or talmud? That seems to be a problem, sadly.
Which was fueled by fossil fuels, science and technology.