Over the past five years, beekeepers in the United States have lost about 30 percent of their bees each year on account of colony collapse disorder, a global phenomenon in hich entire colonies of bees abruptly and mysteriously disappear from their hives. Bees do more than provide us with honey. They pollinate key crops, including grapes, apples, oybeans, and cotton. We depend on bees.
“Every year, between 18,000 and 55,000 species become extinct. The cause: human activities.”—United Nations Development Program.
We also depend on phytoplankton. Without it we would have no fish. Without worms to erate the soil, we would have far fewer crops. The extinction of such key species would esult in food shortage and starvation, leading to violence and riots. Pollution, verpopulation, overharvesting, habitat destruction, and climate change contribute to the xtinction of animal species perhaps as much as 1,000 times more than natural rates.