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Current Enviornment Statistics - 38,502 Species Extinct This Year

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posted on Apr, 12 2010 @ 12:53 AM
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Environment
3,124,860 Forest loss this year (hectares)
1,665,252 Arable land lost due to soil erosion this year (hectares)
6,195,480,130 Carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions this year, in tons
4,112,833 Desertification this year (hectares)
38,502 Species that have gone extinct this year
2,717,105 Toxic chemicals released by industries into our air, land, and water this year (tons)
1,023,489,066Undernourished people in the world right now
1,148,471,466Overweight people in the world right now
9,274 People who died of hunger today
1,346,574,933 People with no access to safe drinking water
4,955,502,469Cigarettes smoked today
297,536Suicides this year
38,632,750 Births this year
16,879,871 Deaths this Year


How can we sit idle by and watch the world die like this?

www.worldometers.info...

[edit on 12-4-2010 by ZeroSum]




posted on Apr, 12 2010 @ 01:03 AM
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I'd like to know what 38 thousand species have gone extinct, your link doesn't give anymore information on that, sort of seems like the number was pulled out of thin air.



posted on Apr, 12 2010 @ 01:10 AM
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The website is sponsered by BBC, I would't say it was pulled out of thin air.

Here are a few recently exctict animls:
www.itsnature.org...

Heres an article from 2008 that might be interesting:
www.thegoodhuman.com...



posted on Apr, 12 2010 @ 01:16 AM
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www.guardian.co.uk...



Craig Hilton-Taylor, who manages the IUCN red list in Cambridge, said extinction estimates were often inadequate. "We are certainly underestimating the number of species that are in danger of becoming extinct because there are around 1.8m described species and we've only been able to assess 41,000 of those." The latest study could help refine models used to decide which species are put on the red list, he said. "We are constantly looking at how we evaluate extinction risk, and it may be they have hit on something that can help us." More than 16,000 species worldwide are threatened with extinction, according to a 2007 report from the IUCN. One in four mammal species, one in eight bird species and one in three amphibian species are on the organisation's red list. An updated list is due to be published in October.



posted on Apr, 12 2010 @ 01:22 AM
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I believe people need to be more aware of what is going on, then someone might help stop this exctinction.
Thanks for the article.



posted on Apr, 12 2010 @ 01:32 AM
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reply to post by ZeroSum
 


At least new life forms are being discovered all the time -- like this video shows:

www.theblackvault.tv...



posted on Apr, 12 2010 @ 01:50 AM
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reply to post by drew hempel
 


Really beautiful new life they found... in the sewer. Someone call Milla Jovovich to kill it...
(Resident Evil reference, by the way.)



posted on Apr, 12 2010 @ 02:30 AM
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Originally posted by ZeroSum
reply to post by Alaskan Man
 

The website is sponsered by BBC, I would't say it was pulled out of thin air

Here are a few recently exctict animls:
www.itsnature.org...


You trust the BBC???

Number one on the list died out in the Nineteenth Century?!?!?

They might have 30 species on the whole site, that died out who knows when. Not 30+ thousands from last year! How is this relevant??


Heres an article from 2008 that might be interesting:
www.thegoodhuman.com...


So how do we go from 1,100 species in 08 to 38,500 in 09?? I assume '09 as this year isn't over...

Taking all of this at face value, however, what do you propose we do? Most of this stuff (that is legitimate) is happening in places of the world that have nothing to do with you. Most of these phoney alarmism reports are about making you feel guilty for being a human (i.e. they're anti-human).

And generally speaking, how many farms that feed humans be shutdown to allow go wild? How many humans should suffer and to what extent, assuming that despite protecting wetlands humans still take up however much other space?

The real kicker is that if you wanted to obtain a breeding pair of any of these creatures, or probably even the seeds for any plants, to try to help their species survive, environmental / protectionism laws would surely prevent it.

[edit on 12-4-2010 by IgnoranceIsntBlisss]



posted on Apr, 12 2010 @ 02:35 AM
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Nice try. A a new 6' monitor lizard species was just reported last week:
www.google.com...



posted on Apr, 12 2010 @ 08:22 AM
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I don't want to belittle the fatal developments highlighted by this website, but I am 99,999999999999999999999999999% certain that these numbers are made up. It is impossible to get very accurate statistics in these areas.

About the number of species. We can't even estimate how many species exist today. Are 3 million, 10 million or 100 million living on our planet? Much less do biologists know, when exactly a species becomes extinct.



posted on Apr, 12 2010 @ 10:17 AM
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Originally posted by Drunkenshrew
these numbers are made up. It is impossible to get very accurate statistics in these areas.


You're correct


In the FAQ it says that the numbers are just estimations conjured up by elaborate algorithms!



posted on Apr, 12 2010 @ 10:58 AM
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Thanks, I should have read the FAQ. Most of the numbers on this website are probably more or less accurate estimates. But for those areas exist quite good data.

For the number of extinct species this is not true. The number of skilled taxonomists and biologists working in the field of biological systematics and biodiversity is to small, to provide good estimations about the number of species living on our planet. With the exceptions of some rare endemic species and some large eye-catching specis, biologists are completely unable to determine, whether a species has become extinct or not.

It is clear, that many species become rarer and rarer. Biodiversity is on the decline. It is time to stop habitat destruction and pollution. Nonetheless the number presented about species extinction is misleading. There is no consensus among scientists about the order of magnitude, that extinction is happening today. It is rapid - but a number is impossible to give. So it is no wonder, that the website does not provide a link to it's sources about species extinction data.



posted on Apr, 12 2010 @ 03:39 PM
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Not good enough for me, sorry.

"Each Worldometers counter has its specific set of sources, which are listed on its dedicated page (accessible by clicking on the counter text link, when available).

Data, estimates, and projections displayed on Worldometers' counters are for the most part provided by organizations included in the following list of United Nations Statistics Division's partners.

The counters that display the real-time numbers are based on Worldometers’ algorithm that processes the latest and most accurate statistical data available together with its estimated progression to compute the current millisecond number to be displayed on each counter based on the specific time set on each visitor’s computer clock."
www.worldometers.info...

Purely political and massaged, at that.

There is no way 1/2 of the "Statistics" you post are trustworthy.

"38,502" species extinct this year? Wrong. There aren't even that many species listed as "endangered." Sources, please.

"3,124,860 Forest loss this year (hectares)" has to be a prediction rather than an accounting. What about re-forestation going on world-wide top take advantage of carbon credits? False!

"1,665,252 Arable land lost due to soil erosion this year (hectares)" is based on faulty UN sources and are estimates/predictions. Fearmongering

"6,195,480,130 Carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions this year, in tons," and how much reclaimed or absorbed naturally? Without a countervialing accounting, this is scare-mongering at best.

"2,717,105 Toxic chemicals released by industries into our air, land, and water this year (tons)." According to the EPA the CO2 we exhale is a "toxic chemical." More scaremongering.

"1,023,489,066Undernourished people in the world right now," according to the UN? Aren't these the same guys who traded oil for food, then pocketed the profit?

"1,148,471,466Overweight people in the world right now," sort of runs counter to the above, doesn't it? Is your point that everyone should be within some ideal range? Which one, and according to whom? Or are you just looking for numbers that deviate from your own "norm," and post them to point out how everyone is so different from you?

What is the point? Especially in light of the bogus sources relied upon?

jw



posted on Apr, 12 2010 @ 04:36 PM
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Originally posted by ZeroSum

6,195,480,130 Carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions this year, in tons

How can we sit idle by and watch the world die like this?


First of all the world is NOT dying...

Second of all I love it how you, and that website include information that has no link to one another.

and third it has been shown, and proven time, and time again that CO2 is BENEFITIAL for all life on Earth, and in fact right now there is a LACK of atmospheric CO2 despite the fearmongering from some that "CO2 is evil"...


Oh, and fourth of all, despite the fact that there have been parts of forests lost you are ignoring the fact that there is also an INCREASE in worldwide green biomass, and this increase in green biomass is thanks to the increase in atmospheric CO2.... thank you very much for not telling people these facts....


[edit on 12-4-2010 by ElectricUniverse]



posted on Apr, 12 2010 @ 04:48 PM
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Originally posted by ZeroSum
I believe people need to be more aware of what is going on, then someone might help stop this exctinction.
Thanks for the article.


This is nothing more than fearmongering... species go extinct only for new ones to emerge, and most of those species going "extinct" are insects, but the fact is that insects have died, alongside some other animals, and new ones emerge...

We have also discovered many species which were "thought" to be extinct have only migrated to other regions..

BTW, there is an increase in radiation ocurring in the Solar System, which is affecting Earth. The Sun, and the Earth are undergoing NATURAL changes which in turn affect species, but there is NOTHING you, or anyone can do to stop these NATURAL processes.

Like some other members have asked I would like to know from where they took all of those "numbers"....

BTW, it is not like the UN, the IPCC, and other "world organizations" have been caught many times giving FALSE information, and FALSE numbers to deceive people into accepting programs, and laws that the rich elites want to implement.....


[edit on 12-4-2010 by ElectricUniverse]



posted on Apr, 12 2010 @ 04:49 PM
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I would also like to point out that more than 99% of all species that have ever existed are extinct. So, even if these estimates were accurate how can you be so sure that humans caused their extinction. It's a known fact that extinction is simply a part of the life cycle on Earth.



posted on Apr, 12 2010 @ 07:59 PM
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www.sciencedaily.com...



Although the extinction of various species is a natural phenomenon, the rate of extinction occurring in today's world is exceptional -- as many as 100 to1,000 times greater than normal, Dr. Donald A. Levin said in the January-February issue of American Scientist magazine. The co-author is Levin's son, Phillip S. Levin, a National Marine Fisheries Service biologist who is an expert on the demography of fish, especially salmon. Levin's column noted that on average, a distinct species of plant or animal becomes extinct every 20 minutes. Donald Levin, who works in the section of integrative biology in the College of Natural Sciences, said research shows the rate of current loss is highly unusual -- clearly qualifying the present period as one of the six great periods of mass extinction in the history of Earth.


arewegreenyet.blogspot.com...



I read a report, produced by World Wildlife Fund, the Zoological Society of London, and the Global Footprint Network, that says land species have declined by 25%, marine life by 28%, and freshwater species by 29% over the past 35 years.




The actual annual sum is only an educated guess, because no scientist believes that the tally of life ends at the 1.5 million species already discovered; estimates range as high as 100 million species on earth, with 10 million as the median guess. Bracketed between best- and worst-case scenarios, then, somewhere between 2.7 and 270 species are erased from existence every day. Including today.





In a 2004 analysis published in the journal Science, Lian Pin Koh and his colleagues predict that an initially modest co-extinction rate will climb alarmingly as host extinctions rise in the near future. Graphed out, the forecast mirrors the rising curve of an infectious disease, with the human species acting all the parts: the pathogen, the vector, the Typhoid Mary who refuses culpability, and, ultimately, one of up to 100 million victims.


[edit on 12-4-2010 by drew hempel]



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