Based on current rates of deforestation and other resource use, the study warns that there is 90 percent chance of catastrophe.
If we continue destroying the world’s forests at the same current rate, we will lose crucial planetary life-support systems including carbon storage, oxygen production, soil conservation, water cycle regulation, food system support, and animal habitats.
Before the development of human civilizations, our planet had 60 million square kilometers of forest. Now, after years of deforestation, less than 40 million square kilometers remain. The study estimates that all the forests would disappear approximatively in 100–200 years.
However, the effects of worsening deforestation will be felt in our lifetime. “The progressive degradation of the environment due to deforestation would heavily affect human society and consequently the human collapse would start much earlier,” the study highlights.
“Calculations show that, maintaining the actual rate of population growth and resource consumption, in particular forest consumption, we have a few decades left before an irreversible collapse of our civilization,” the study concludes.
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