In Most Cities, There are Twice as Many Rats as Human Residents

"We are bearing witness to the unfurling of the Anthropocene Extinction event—the planet's sixth great mass extinction"


Thu, Jul 31st, 2014 10:00 by capnasty NEWS

According to Motherboard, it won't be the cockroaches that will inherit the earth since, if anything, "their invertebrate ilk are actually suffering a fairly rapid decline." The specie that will thrive and survive as a result of human activity will be the rats. Their population growth may end up doing us in.

"The bubonic plague, a disease still present in some areas of the world, is now known to have spread via fleas living on rats," Mark Ormrod, a professor of history at the University of York, wrote for the BBC.

Our hygiene and health-care are much improved from Medieval times, but we are headed towards a future marked by shared, maybe cramped, living spaces: More than half the world's population currently lives in cities, billions are slated to join them, and so, the megacities are growing. More urban living, paired with more rats, could beget similar, if not as deadly, health woes.

And Dirzo and his crew aren't the only ones who worry about the rise of the rats. In fact, just earlier this year, another group of scientists determined that rodents would be the species most likely to outlast all others.



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