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The enormous decline of large, apex predators and "consumers" ranging from wolves to lions, sharks and sea otters may represent the most powerful impacts humans have ever had on Earth's ecosystems, a group of 24 researchers concluded today in a new report in the journal Science.
Reduction of cougar in Utah led to an eruption of deer, loss of vegetation, altered stream channels, and a decline in biodiversity.
Industrial whaling in the 20th century likely caused a killer whale diet shift and a dramatic decline of sea lions, seals and sea otters.
Decimation of sharks resulted in an outbreak of cow-nosed rays and the collapse of bay scallop fisheries.
Sea otters enhance kelp abundance by limiting herbivorous sea urchins.
The reduction of lions and leopards in Africa led to a population explosion in olive baboons, which bring intestinal parasites to humans who live in close proximity to them.
Originally posted by Bramble Iceshimmer
Yeah, the answer seems simple. Eat more venison. Commercialized deer roundups and processing. I'd like two McBambis, large fries and a large coke.
Originally posted by unityemissions
Recently was in discussions with an emertius professor of an university that I'll keep anonymous. He is a climatologist, and said that we've passed the point of no return. He states this realization came about late 2006, and at our current rate, we're wiping out 200-300 species per DAY
So yeah, get drunk, and score some brownie points with the ladies
It's not too much longer after the collapse of the global financial systems that global ecosystem collapses become a reality.