Category Archives: Biodiversity Loss

If we lose enough species, we’ll drive ourselves extinct as well

E. O. Wilson to save humanity from extinction, get rid of religion

[ Below is an excerpt, out of order, from New Scientist’s 21 Jan 2015 interview with E.O. Wilson “Religious faith is dragging us down“. The extinctions we cause will kill us too, says the sociobiology pioneer – the best thing … Continue reading

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Nearly a third of cacti threatened with extinction

Illegal trade contributes to placing cacti among world’s most threatened species – IUCN Red List 05 October 2015 | International news release Gland, Switzerland, 5 October 2015 (IUCN) – Thirty-one percent of cactus species are threatened with extinction, according to … Continue reading

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Arctic ice melt to release 1 trillion pieces of plastic into sea – a major threat to marine life

[Also see September 2015: Plastic for dinner: A quarter of fish sold at markets contain human-made debris. Original article here] Lewis, R. May 27, 2014. Arctic ice melt to release 1 trillion pieces of plastic into sea Increasing ice melt … Continue reading

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Climate change concentrates toxins in plants – bad news for herbivores

1 June 2012. Michael marshall. Climate change will create a toxic brew for herbivores. NewScientist. A warmer world could lead to more concentrated and higher levels of toxins in plants.  Herbivorous animals are also less able to process toxins when … Continue reading

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Asian medicine a major cause of biodiversity loss

I haven’t noticed any shortage of people in China – what a tragedy the men there feel like they need to eat endangered animal penises, and for the government not to stop it. 6 Mar 2003. S. Malik et al. … Continue reading

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Humanity will need 27 planet Earths by 2050, a new study estimates.

3 Aug 2011. Stephen Leahy.  Data Shows All of Earth’s Systems in Rapid Decline. Inter Press Service. Overpopulation is causing huge losses in biodiversity, and ‘protected areas’ such as national parks aren’t working. UXBRIDGE, Canada, Jul 29 (IPS) – Protecting … Continue reading

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20% of Invertebrate species threatened with extinction.

Brendan Borrell. Sep 3, 2012. One Fifth of Invertebrate Species at Risk of Extinction. Freshwater snails and reef-building corals are among the threatened groups. Nature & Scientific American. One in five of the world’s invertebrate species are threatened with extinction, … Continue reading

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Biodiversity loss impact on ecosystem worse than climate change and pollution

David U. Hooper, et al. A global synthesis reveals biodiversity loss as a major driver of ecosystem change. Nature, 2012; DOI: 10.1038/nature11118 “This analysis establishes that reduced biodiversity affects ecosystems at levels comparable to those of global warming or air … Continue reading

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Fungi destroy bees, bats, amphibians, trees, etc

Attack of the Killer Fungi: Rising Threat Worries Scientists Wynne Parry, LiveScience   11 April 2012 An unprecedented number of diseases caused by fungi have been causing some of the most severe die-offs and extinctions ever witnessed in wild species and … Continue reading

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Jellyfish

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20120405-blooming-jellyfish-problems (also see “The Jellyfish Joy Ride“) Smart Planet | 5 April 2012 Jellyfish blooms creating oceans of slime  by Gaia Vince In the last decade enormous plagues of jellyfish have been taking over the seas. And it is our … Continue reading

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