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Invertebrates at risk of extinction

Posted on Sunday, 2 September, 2012 | Comment icon 16 comments | News tip by: Simbi Laveau

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One fifth of the world's population of spineless creatures are believed to be at risk of going extinct.

Species that perform vital tasks such as bees which help pollinate crops and worms that recycle waste are at risk of disappearing for good as a result of an ever increasing human population. A loss of habitat, pollution and climate change are all factors that are thought to be contributing to the problem.

"The invertebrates are the eco-system engineers," said Ben Collen at the Zoological Society of London. "They produce a lot of the things that humans rely on and they produce them for free."

"The vital tasks carried out by tiny "engineers" like earthworms that recycle waste and bees that pollinate crops are under threat because one fifth of the world's spineless creatures may be at risk of extinction, a study showed on Friday."

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Comment icon #7 Posted by King Fluffs on 2 September, 2012, 16:19
Comment icon #8 Posted by skookum on 2 September, 2012, 16:32
"They produce a lot of the things that humans rely on and they produce them for free." Hope the Government don't read this bit or they will tax us for their hard work.
Comment icon #9 Posted by CRIPTIC CHAMELEON on 2 September, 2012, 22:33
Bugger and I just love Bee vomit.
Comment icon #10 Posted by highdesert50 on 3 September, 2012, 3:55
Well, I would not particularly miss the "killer" bees that have decimated and displaced the European variety, nor the RIFA fire ant, emerald ash borer, Asian long-horned beetle ... .
Comment icon #11 Posted by IamLegend on 3 September, 2012, 6:20
Welcome to the 21rst century. Robotic bees... Cloned animals...
Comment icon #12 Posted by blueandi on 3 September, 2012, 11:41
Albert Einstein said that if bees were to vanish that Mankind has only 4 years of life left. they go extinct, so do we. Sorry to pour water on it, but he never said that. Einstein was a physicist, not an entomologist so had no interest in the subject, and no records show he ever said it. However the sentiment certainly rings true, if too many of the 'workers' in the natural world become extinct, then the whole ecosystem becomes unsustainable in it's present form.
Comment icon #13 Posted by jesspy on 3 September, 2012, 11:42
Bugger and I just love Bee vomit. LOL So is this part of the 6th extinction? Or has man dug himself a grave? I don't believe people are understanding how bad this is. I do hope people get a slap across the face before its too late.
Comment icon #14 Posted by notoverrated on 3 September, 2012, 18:10
Welcome to the 21rst century. Robotic bees... Cloned animals... // thats pretty cool.
Comment icon #15 Posted by Hilander on 3 September, 2012, 23:57
There are a lot of foods you can kiss goodbye without bees.
Comment icon #16 Posted by Darkwind on 3 September, 2012, 23:59
This guy will be upset if the bees disappear Not as much as me... Save the bees... Must have MEAD!!

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