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Four species native to the continental United States are presumed extinct: the passenger pigeon, Carolina parakeet, the great Auk, and Labrador duck.
Furthermore, in the past 100 years the United States has lost 2.2 percent of its endemic amphibians, 1.2 percent of the freshwater fishes, 1.1 percent of the plant species, and a staggering 8.6 percent of the freshwater mussels forever.
Worldwide, the situation is even worse. Because of the incredible density of species in tropical regions that are facing rapid deforestation, we may be losing species at a rate of 30,000 per year, or an overwhelming three per hour. Many biologists predict that coming decades will see the loss of large numbers of species.
One quarter of all mammals, including lions, tigers, rhinos, and most primates, could be declared extinct by the end of this century, along with one in eight bird species, and thousands of plant species. Habitat destruction is widely recognized as the primary cause of species loss.
In the United States, habitat loss threatens about 85 percent of imperiled species. Worldwide, the figure may be higher. Agriculture, logging, urban development, dredging, damming, mining and drilling are just a few of the activities that eliminate or significantly degrade habitats.
Invasive species released intentionally or imported accidentally take over habitats and crowd out native species. Similarly, diseases imported to areas where the local flora and fauna have no resistance also wreak havoc on biological diversity.
Originally posted by maus80
reply to post by downtown436
Personally, I'm sick of seeing people respond with "Go kill yourself" when someone raises a real, important, and immediate issue.
Originally posted by oneclickaway
We all need to take their vaccines. We all need to voluntarily volunteer to end our lives. We all need to be controlled even more. We all need to eat their gm rubbish food and their poisonous pharmaceuticals that will kill us all. We all need to pay even more so the few can have even more luxury. You can believe all that crud if you wish, but don't tell me to, as if it is fact.
Originally posted by downtown436
reply to post by stereovoyaged
Maybe you should take the first step in human population reduction, and lead by example.
I am so sick of this philosophy. It's ok to tell others not to breed, but what is it that makes you better than the child someone wants to conceive? You are a human being too aren't you?
If you really think that there are too many people on the planet, you should kill yourself. It is that simple. And there lies the flaw in your philosophy.
So we need to be controlled, we badly need a 1984 situation because it's an absolute statistical fact that we will indeed destroy ourselves and all other Earthlings along with us if we are not completely controlled or drastically reduced within a matter of decades.
Malevolent or benevolent masters, either way I just hope like hell we are all shackled and controlled before we destroy everything.