Episode 7: Anthroprocene Mass Extinction
In this installment of Dr. D’s Discussions, we discuss the Anthroprocene mass extinction event the world is currently experiencing. We start off with discussing geological history of the earth with a specific focus on previous mass extinction events that the world experienced including the Cretaceous mass extinction that killed the dinosaurs. We then delve into the percentages of wildlife that has been killed since 1970 with an emphasis on the World Wildlife Foundation’s 2016 report on the status of the earth and the species in it. We continue the conversation with plastics and their cancer causing/endocrine disrupting properties. In this portion of the discussion, we look at these plastics entering the food chain in filter feeding animals and moving their way up to fish and eventually humans. We wrap up the episode with an emphasis on terrestrial, or land animals, and their habitat loss by human encroachment.