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Half of all species could go extinct

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 Biologists say half of all species could be extinct by end of century

Scientists at Vatican conference are searching for a solution to the manmade ‘major extinction event’

One in five species on Earth now faces extinction, and that will rise to 50% by the end of the century unless urgent action is taken. That is the stark view of the world’s leading biologists, ecologists and economists who will gather on Monday to determine the social and economic changes needed to save the planet’s biosphere.

“The living fabric of the world is slipping through our fingers without our showing much sign of caring,” say the organisers of the Biological Extinction conference held at the Vatican this week.
This point was backed by another conference organiser, biologist Professor Peter Raven, of the Missouri Botanical Garden. “By the beginning of the next century we face the prospect of losing half our wildlife. Yet we rely on the living world to sustain ourselves. It is very frightening. The extinctions we face pose an even greater threat to civilisation than climate change – for the simple reason they are irreversible.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/feb/25/half-all-species-extinct-end-century-vatican-conference


 

 

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What's interesting is that in temperate areas, the bio-diversity is already not very high, and losses are unlikely. Previous articles I've read about this seem to indicate that most of the losses will be in the Tropics, where you can have tons of species in a relatively tiny area. A dozen species of ants, whereas in Oregon maybe only two. And those losses are due to industry and clearing for farming, not due to the warmth of the planet. 

Still... Climate change, or direct human damage, I agree we should do something about it. Not sure what exactly, because we'd basically have to invade Brazil to get them to stop logging, farming and otherwise clearing land.

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Overpopulation is the biggest threat to wildlife including humans.  Why we shouldn't take immigrants or refugees from countries that can't or won't control their population.  If they are forced to live with it maybe they will start practicing birth control.

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Unfortunatly is places like China and Brazil with growing population and impacting on forests needing more farmland. Its got nothing to do with immigrants

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Wasn't there an article posted here awhile back saying that new species were being discovered in these same areas.  Also the boa species that was thought to be extinct?

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Wasn't there a report just months ago saying we already killed half of the species so far? Maybe by 2100 if we don't irradiate ourselves to death, or engineer a SUPER virus using CRISPR in our basement labs, we might see a planet bereft of all species except those that man deems useful.

 

If anyone asks why are we here? I suggest replying with a 'We are here to destroy every other species and ultimately the planet and ourselves, as history is showing us"

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