bird influenza

anonymous asked:

Do you think humans will go extinct when we run out of resources on Earth? Or do you think we will be able to preserve our species?

If nothing were to change from the way we are living right now, absolutely we will die out. Within the next 50-100 years possibly, due to starvation and lack of resources (bees are essential for our pollination and they are dying at a rapid race), natural disasters increasing due to climate change, floods due to the ice caps melting, likely a new bird flu-eque influenza that will wipe out millions. Our oceans will be fish less in coming years, which will largely impact the natural order for sea life and begin to die off there too. Most of the damage done to our planet is due to our intensive and obsessive desire to ‘grow’ animals at an alarming rate, stuff them with crops that we could be feeding to humans instead, slaughtering them, releasing unimaginable amounts of methane emissions from the meat industry. C02 emissions are no longer being offset by trees because of deforestation (most of which is by animal agriculture), so even more is being released into our atmosphere. And I wouldn’t be surprised if a Third World War breaks out in the coming years and kills millions or even billions. If not for racial reasons, a fight for resources may be at hand. As the gap between the wealthy and the poor continues to grow I anticipate that can only lead to eventual violence and anarchy in sheer need for survival. I try not to think too much about the future of our species because it makes me quite sad. We’ve not really learned anything from past history or real tangible evidence about what is occurring.

I love hearing about Khloe Kardashians new found confidence and fun new fashion items, but the widespread and rapid deaths of bee colonies worldwide should be the top news story wherever we look. This is something that impacts every single one of us. We cannot survive as a species without them.

At the same time, I do think that the best thing for our planets survival would be if we all died off, as quickly as possible.
If all humans were to disappear, almost all other species (other than domestic cats and dogs which we have specially bred for our own desires) would thrive, nature would begin to regrow, plant life would adapt and our planet may survive on ecological evolution.

“If all the insects were to disappear from the earth, within 50 years all life on earth would end. If all human beings disappeared from the earth, within 50 years all forms of life would flourish.”

There are some interesting responses here:

People think vegans are ‘preachy’ and ‘trying to convert others’ well I want them to understand why.

Why Global Health Security Is Imperative

When he opened the box, André Berro was wearing surgical gloves, mask, and eye protection – routine protocol for a CDC quarantine public health officer, but this was not a routine package. A U.S. Customs scan of the airmail package that arrived at the San Francisco airport from the Philippines showed an outline of what looked like several human skulls.

Or non-human skulls. When Berro lifted the lid, he found himself staring into the empty sockets of a skull with huge horns connected to each temple with leather straps. He found other skulls strapped together with plant-based ropes in triangular and other shapes. One skull, attached to a spine of unknown species, was wrapped with ropes which had animal teeth inserted. Many of the skulls were decorated with feathers or cloth. Some still had remnants of decaying flesh.

Had the package reached its U.S. destination, any of these objects could have been the source of a disease outbreak. The objects apparently came from different remote regions of the South Pacific. The human remains could have carried bloodborne pathogens; the leather and animal skins could have carried anthrax; the feathers could have come from birds infected with deadly influenza; the cloth might have been burial shrouds from people who died of hemorrhagic fever.

Read more. [Image: Andre Berro]