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All of the large sharks in the survey have decreased in population in the last 35 years, some by more than 90%.
Without any predators to limit population growth, herbivorous prey species reproduce without check, and all of them are hungry. More herbivores eat more plants, and without anything to control them, they can quickly degrade their habitat. This puts pressure on the plants that they depend on for food, sometimes to the point of impeding plant reproduction and defoliating the habitat. This is known as a trophic cascade, and in extreme cases, can lead to the complete destruction of the ecosystem
Bottom line: Tiny ocean plants called phytoplankton contribute 50 to 85 percent of the oxygen in Earth’s atmosphere.
the global population of phytoplankton has fallen about 40 percent since 1950.
All told, up to 70 million sharks are culled annually for the trade, despite the fact that 30% of shark species are threatened with extinction. Indonesia, India, Taiwan, Spain and Mexico land the most sharks, according a recent survey of global shark populations conducted by the Pew Environment Group. "Sharks have made it through multiple mass extinctions on our planet," says Matt Rand, director of Pew's Global Shark Conservation division. "Now many species are going to go the way of the dinosaur — for a bowl of soup."
oh my! no just kidding. who cares. besides, shark fin soup IS TASTY ! ! ! ! why is it that you feel that there is "doom porn" ? every generation has to experince there own mortality, because, well, we're MORTAL ! i get that "death" bothers you (why are humans so hung up on it?) but if you think about it, say 3 minutes ago the SUn let out a CME big enough to turn Jupiter into a snickerdoodle. that means this conversation is over 5 mintues from now! enjoy the time you have. because it's all the time you have. the Universe deplores life in all forms. that's why ti does it's best to kill it if it finds it unprepared. and believe me the human race is unprepared. roll the dice ! you have 2 minutes !
It’s just that shark fin soup tastes like nothing and I’ve never liked it.
Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsey taste tested it on camera and said the same. So did a reporter from Time, who found it, ” underwhelming.” The taste from the soup is actually derived from the broth.
so what about those pesky humans that also eat fish???.... i could be wrong.. but im pretty sure humans eat way more fish than sharks do..
That policy has radically altered our forest landscapes, where fires set by lightning or Native Americans had always limited forest stocks to roughly a few dozen trees per acre. All that changed in 1910, when a series of huge wildfires led the federal government to declare war on wildfires through a program that now costs more than $2 billion a year. [In Photos: Devastating Colorado Wildfires] The result: roughly 112 to 172 more trees per acre in mountain forests of the West. This process of unnatural afforestation (the establishment of trees or tree stands where none previously were) may sound green and benevolent, but the reality is quite different. The new trees' canopies collectively intercept 20 to 30 percent of snow and rain that can no longer seep into the ground, and each additional tree's roots suck 18 gallons of moisture up out of the ground before runoff can feed thirsty creeks.
Shark populations are being decimated, many by over 90 percent in the last few decades
1 to select by lot and kill every tenth man of
2 to exact a tax of 10 percent from -poor as a decimated Cavalier — John Dryden-
3 a : to reduce drastically especially in number -cholera decimated the population-
b : to cause great destruction or harm to -firebombs decimated the city- -an industry decimated by recession-