posted on Jan, 6 2010 @ 10:58 PM
I was thinking about a movie I watched a while ago...it was called "The Happening" if I remember correctly...the trees and plants begin releasing a
deadly neurotoxin which triggers something in our brain causing us to commit suicide...and I think something like that is actually more likely than
one may initially think...here is my reasoning:
Deforestation takes place at an extremely alarming and ever quickening pace:
Global deforestation sharply accelerated around 1852. It has been estimated that about half of the earth's mature tropical forests —
between 7.5 million and 8 million km2 (2.9 million to 3 million sq mi) of the original 15 million to 16 million km2 (5.8 million to 6.2 million sq mi)
that until 1947 covered the planet — have now been cleared. Some scientists have predicted that unless significant measures (such as
seeking out and protecting old growth forests that have not been disturbed) are taken on a worldwide basis, by 2030 there will only be ten percent
remaining, with another ten percent in a degraded condition. 80% will have been lost, and with them hundreds of thousands of irreplaceable
For tropical countries, deforestation estimates are very uncertain and could be in error by as much as +/- 50%, while a 2002 analysis of satellite
imagery suggested that the rate of deforestation in the humid tropics (approximately 5.8 million hectares per year) was roughly 23% lower than the
most commonly quoted rates. Conversely, a new analysis of satellite images reveals that deforestation of the Amazon rainforest is twice as fast as
scientists previously estimated.
A 2005 report by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimates that although the earth's total forest area continues to
decrease at about 13 million hectares per year (or 36 football fields a minute), the global rate of deforestation has recently been slowing.
Still others claim that rainforests are being destroyed at an ever-quickening pace.
Despite these uncertainties, there is agreement that destruction of rainforests remains a significant environmental problem. Up to 90% of West
Africa's coastal rainforests have disappeared since 1900. In South Asia, about 88% of the rainforests have been lost.
Rates of deforestation
Now lets examine evolution and adaptation a little bit...it's been noted that when a species faces a threat, it must adapt and find a new way of
surviving this threat...usually what we see is a dramatic decline in numbers but a small number survive because of natural immunities they may posses
due to genetic mutations and abnormalities...then what we see is is a rapid increase in numbers...because those few survivors reproduce and now they
entire population of the species posses an immunity to the threat because the survivors passed their genes on to the next generation...AIDS is a good
example...it slowly became immune to every cure we had until we couldn't cure it anymore...a better example might be the rabbits introduced to
The rabbits were eating much of the sparse
vegetation that supported Australia's huge sheep and cattle industry, and
the graziers were suffering enormous financial losses.
The only solution was biological control. After much testing,
government biologists introduced a mosquito-borne virus called
myxomatosis. This virus caused a nonlethal disease in its natural host,
but the disease was deadly for the European rabbit and completely harmless
to all other Australian wildlife, domestic animals, and humans. To all
indications, the solution had been found.
The disease did indeed take hold in 1950, and by 1952 it had produced a
nationwide epidemic in the rabbit population. The mortality rate reached
99.9%, BUT A GOOD EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGIST COULD PREDICT WHAT WOULD HAPPEN
NEXT. A parasite that invariably kills its hosts before ensuring its own
survival would be selected against (all of its individuals would die).
And that is what inevitably happened to the myxomatosis disease. The
viruses had been randomly mutating, and the mutations that produced less
virulence were selected (because the more virulent strains died with their
hosts). The rabbits, too were mutating, and they were being selected for
greater resistance to the disease. The result was a milder disease and
stronger rabbits-therefore more rabbits.
The rabbit population quickly and dramatically dropped after the disease was
released...but it didn't effectively kill all the rabbits...and their population again began to rise...the actual disease also became less potent
because like the rabbit, it too, had to ensure its own survival...it couldn't kill its host, because it's essentially killing its self...so what we
end up with is a balance...and this is what we should see in nature...a natural balance between species...a delicate ecosystem where all species
benefit from each other...but humans don't work like that...we consider our selves the top dogs...we are more powerful than any other species and we
can do what we want...we don't find balance with the environment...if it doesn't suit us we manipulate and change it so that it does...we don't
find a place in the environment...we create our place...there is no balance at all...and we relentlessly destroy species and the natural
environment/habitat in which they live...wiping out species and their place in the delicately balanced ecosystem, creating imbalance and instability
for everything else...
Now lets consider this...lets say humans are the disease...they are the AIDS of this planet...destroying life everywhere they go...what happens...if
one day...there is a species in mortal danger of extinction due to the disease which is the humans...and this species adapts and evolves in order to
survive before we fully destroy it...if the day comes when we start to provoke our own demise...when there is a reaction to all the damage we
cause...maybe we will understand the importance of balance... ... ...but I doubt it...we'll probably just devise another way to destroy them...
[edit on 7/1/10 by CHA0S]