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Animals are dying off 1,000 times FASTER than 60 million years ago

Animals are dying off 1,000 times FASTER than 60 million years ago | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it
Brown University scientists in Providence found that pre-human extinction rate was 10 times lower than scientists had believed, which means that the current level is 10 times worse.
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The Earth could get along just fine without us.  If anyone can think of an ecosystem function that requires our presence, I would like to hear about it.  Circumstantial and fossil evidence indicates that even when human numbers were small, the fires, animal drives, and plant preferences had harmful effects.  Ecosystem resilience absorbed early human impacts, but now with more than seven billion of us, the impacts are simply overwhelming earth ecosystems. Livestock?  Earth could tolerate a few domestic beasts, but not the billions we have now.

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International Tiger Day Poster

International Tiger Day Poster | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it
The official International Tiger Day Poster for 2013.
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GR:  During the past century, we lost 97% of all wild tigers. Habitat loss and hunting eliminated 97,000 of the 100,000 tigers we had a century ago.  At this rate, all tigers living in the wild will be extinct in 10 years! Celebrate International Tiger Day and encourage others to join in.

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Why We Need to Save Wildlife to Save Ourselves

Why We Need to Save Wildlife to Save Ourselves | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it
Midway through the new special issue of Science, about the global loss of wildlife, my heart caught on this idea: We now live with a steady, imperceptible loss “in people’s expectations of what the...
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The essence of Aldo Leopold's "Land Ethic" is that human acceptance of the equality of other creatures is essential for the survival of all.

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Eben Lenderking's curator insight, July 25, 6:00 AM

Compelling argument for respect for the natural environment.

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The Hunt for the Golden Mole review Richard Girling's 'entertaining and provocative' quest

The Hunt for the Golden Mole review  Richard Girling's 'entertaining and provocative' quest | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it

Richard Girling's tale of an elusive burrowing mammal turns into a compelling study of humankind's devastating cruelty to animals. In 1964, in Jowhar, Somalia, zoologist Alberto Simonetta stumbled on a disused bakery oven in which barn owls had made...

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The majority of Earth's creatures have not been identified.  The unknown species tend to be the smallest, but some belong to familiar groups.  For example, lepidopterists estimate that only about 10% of moth species have been identified.  Human impacts will extinguish many of them and there will be no evidence, not even a tiny pile of bones, to show that they ever existed.

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Ghana: Endangered Species Near Extinction

Ghana: Endangered Species Near Extinction | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it
Monkeys carry their young ones to safety in the morning rain, while squirrels and other rodents flee across ravaged portions of Accra's only forest reserve being cleared into demarcated streets ready to be developed into estates.
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The law can be made to save the forest if enough people get involved.

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Endangered Species Condoms

Endangered Species Condoms | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it

The world’s population now numbers more than 7 billion, and we add another 227,000 people to the planet every day. More people means less room for wildlife. The Endangered Species Condoms Project provides people with a unique, engaging way to talk about the connection between human population growth and the extinction crisis.

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Sign up to participate in the endangered species program.  The massive human population and its resource use are responsible in our time for the great extinction of plants and animals.  In all our endeavors for wildlife protection, we must never forget that the problems we see are often just symptoms of human overpopulation.

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Hundreds of animals disappear as humans multiply

Hundreds of animals disappear as humans multiply | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it
As the number of humans on Earth has nearly doubled over the past four decades, the number of bugs, slugs, worms and crustaceans has declined by 45 per cent, say researchers.


Meanwhile, the larger loss of wildlife big and small across the planet may be a key driver of growing violence and unrest, said another study in the journal Science as part of a special series on disappearing animals.


Invertebrates are important to the Earth because they pollinate crops, control pests, filter water and add nutrients to the soil.

The decline of invertebrates is similar to that of land-based vertebrates, according to an analysis of scientific literature by an international team including Ben Collen of University College London.

Among animals with backbones that live on land, 322 species have disappeared in the past five centuries, and the remaining species show about a 25 per cent decline in abundance.

"We were shocked to find similar losses in invertebrates as with larger animals, as we previously thought invertebrates to be more resilient," says Collen.

Garry Rogers's insight:

The numbers are staggering.  Every new bit of research shows it's worse than I thought.  Every bit of good news is so small compared to the bad.  We have to stay engaged--sign the petitions, send the emails, make the calls. 

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Don’t Forget Butterflies! Our Pollination Crisis Is About More Than Honeybees

Don’t Forget Butterflies! Our Pollination Crisis Is About More Than Honeybees | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it
When the White House signed an order on pollinator health last week, it included all pollinators -- not just honeybees.
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Dropping pesticides and interspersing food plants with crops will help pollinators, but there are other things to consider.  Construction, farming, logging, livestock grazing, invasive species, and toxic pollutants (including greenhouse gasses) are eliminating habitat much faster than farmers are recovering it.  Until humans control their population and correct the ways they use resources, pollinators and other species will continue to decline. 

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Wildlife Extra News - Modern military-style attacks in DRC result in 68 elephant deaths

Wildlife Extra News - Modern military-style attacks in DRC result in 68 elephant deaths | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it

"African Parks has intensified its anti-poaching efforts in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo to counter the poaching onslaught that has beset Garamba National Park in the past two months.

"A total of 68 elephants have been poached since mid-April, representing about 4 per cent of the total population."

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At this rate, DRC elephants will be extirpated in four years.

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