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Governments to debate planet "bailout"
11 May 2010
Never has the world faced a more pressing crisis than the current loss of biodiversity, which affects every man, woman and child. The gap between the pressure on our natural resources and governments’ response to the deterioration is widening. IUCN is calling for governments to come up with a “bailout plan,” a 10-year strategy that will help countries halt and reverse this loss.
“Twenty-one percent of all known mammals, 30 percent of all known amphibians,12 percent of all known birds, 35 percent of conifers and cycads, 17 percent of sharks and 27 percent of reef-building corals assessed for the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ are threatened with extinction,” says Bill Jackson, IUCN Deputy Director General. “If the world made equivalent losses in share prices there would be a rapid response and widespread panic, as we saw during the recent economic crisis. The loss of biodiversity, crucial to life on earth, has, in comparison, produced little response. By ignoring the urgent need for action we stand to pay a much higher price in the long term than the world can afford.”
Frank Fenner, professor at the Australian National University and the man who helped eradicate smallpox, told The Australian newspaper this week that "Homo sapiens will become extinct, perhaps within 100 years."
Originally posted by Sinter Klaas
[color=cyan3]Snake Populations Mysteriously Plummet
Originally posted by WXBackdoor
The Dodo , WE " the human race", single-handily forced them unto extinction .
Finless porpoises, a rare type of toothed whale, may be even more endangered than previously thought.
A survey of finless porpoises in Asia has revealed there are two species, not one, and that they rarely intermingle.
Originally posted by ladyinwaiting
Many of these extinctions were caused by natural evolution, and some due to the dependence on the mercy of man.
Now mankind is dependent upon the mercy of man.
We'll have to wait and see how merciful we will be. Wish I could be more optimistic.