This is with reference to the book review "Extinctions, an epic reality" (October 1631, 2014). The real threat to the planet is population explosion. Rising populations with a finite supply of resources will destroy our way of living. We eat whatever we can and move wherever we want to with minimal concern for native flora and fauna. Many species went extinct before man walked on Earth; but then it was evolution and Darwinism at play. Now it is different. Major catastrophes today—natural disasters and climate change—are due to human intervention. Mindless human activities like industrialisation, deforestation and mining are leading to changes in the weather pattern, carbon cycle and water levels. Many species of wildlife are already on the brink of extinction. The infinite aspirations of humanity have to align with the finite limits of our planet.
H N RAMAKRISHNA