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New fears for species extinctions

By T.K. Randall
October 12, 2009 · Comment icon 8 comments

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Extinction rates are a lot higher than previously predicted with threats to biodiversity and ecosystems such as pollution, climate change and urban spread causing more and more species to disappear forever.
Scientists have warned of an alarming increase in the extinction of animal species, because of threats to biodiversity and ecosystems. The threats are posed by pollution, climate change and urban spread.


Source: BBC News | Comments (8)




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Comment icon #1 Posted by danielost 15 years ago
the problem i have with their species extinction prediction is the last one i read. 50 species a day are going extinct that is 50 x 365 x 7 + 50=127,000 plus ever seven years. so how many life forms are on the planet. i know these are just the ones that we have never seen. but anyone can make a claim like that right. and as has been stated on other threads if you can't see them or name them they never existed.
Comment icon #2 Posted by danielost 15 years ago
it's funny how those native plants can only grow inside the city and not outside of it in the country.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Cetacea 15 years ago
the problem i have with their species extinction prediction is the last one i read. 50 species a day are going extinct that is 50 x 365 x 7 + 50=127,000 plus ever seven years. so how many life forms are on the planet. i know these are just the ones that we have never seen. but anyone can make a claim like that right. and as has been stated on other threads if you can't see them or name them they never existed. 1.9 million by current estimates Estimates of how many are undiscovered are based on the rise in known species over the years as well as available habitats. Just because we don't know ab... [More]
Comment icon #4 Posted by DieChecker 15 years ago
Do we know what the natural rate is? Is it 10, 5 or 1 per day? How can we know the magnatude of the issue if we do not have a starting point? I thought this applied mostly to developing nations. The US has more land as unused wilderness now then it did 100 years ago.
Comment icon #5 Posted by stevewinn 15 years ago
99% of all life on Earth is now extinct. it seems extinction is the name of the game.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Mattshark 15 years ago
99% of all life on Earth is now extinct. it seems extinction is the name of the game. Yes, but a species single handedly forcing a mass extinction event isn't!
Comment icon #7 Posted by stevewinn 15 years ago
Yes, but a species single handedly forcing a mass extinction event isn't! that's up for debate. one way or another you always have a dominant species which results in the extinction of another.
Comment icon #8 Posted by cloud_dragon 15 years ago
Weird. 3 days in a row I have dreamt about talking to animals who knew they were going to die. Last night I dreamt about a tortoise who licked my cheek, and ate fruit I cut from trees. Over time he moved to the sunny side of a hill when I pulled the most fruit from fruit trees. Then I started to walk away and the tortoise rolled over on his back and baked in the sun, falling asleep and sleeping forever. I just found the tortoise in a image of the article I opened. I believe my dreams and the articles that can accompany them. I also think igoogle is badass.


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