Pollution - an old ancestral legacy
The report is based on a study consisting of the combined research of 19 scientists across four continents, who found that the diversity of marine life was among the first to be affected. Entire species of animals were killed. This created an imbalance in the ecological chain as certain species decreased rapidly while some other species increased their numbers.
The list of hunted sea creatures as far back as 10,000 years ago, is impressive: sea turtles in the Caribbean, sea cows off the Australian coast, and sea otters near Alaska. Since the sea animals came ashore regularly to lay eggs, they were an easy catch.
While there's no getting away from the fact that "modern" forms of waste and pollution have led to much higher levels of environmental degradation, today's generation can take heart from the fact that they are only following in their ancestors' footsteps - and learning to be a step ahead of them!
The extent to which we have overtaken our predecessors becomes evident from these alarming facts:
Pollution - an old ancestral legacy [Earth facts for kids]
By Bhaswati Ghosh; Illustration by Shinod AP
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