Humans Are – ‘Wiping Out Animal Life.’ – “The Human Race Is On Course To Wipe Out Two-Thirds Of Animal And Plant Life On Earth.” Experts Have Said.
Nearly half of the world’s surface has been transformed and some 50 ‘Dead Zones’ have been created in which almost all aquatic life has been killed by pollution. 1999 August 4th. By Pravin Char -
Mankind has destroyed species at nearly 1,000 times the natural rate of evolution, scientists at the International Botanic Congress in Missouri were told.
“If the current trend continues the majority of animal and plant species will be wiped out within 100 years – A catastrophe equalled only by the demise of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago.”
He added that a major problem was that most species have not been identified, so researchers will not be able to determine which are being lost.
Dr Raven said only 1.6million species out of nearly ten million on the planet had been scientifically recognized.
Jane Lubchenco professor of zoology at Oregon State University presented findings to the congress that revealed – ‘a disturbing trend in the Earth’s ability to maintain the quality of human life.’
She said humans had more than doubled the amount of nitrogen in the environment with excessive fertiliser use and the burning of fossil fuels.
1998 – Was the planet’s hottest year on record. – As human activities increased the amount of carbon dioxide and greenhouse gases were ever more abundant in the atmosphere.
Meanwhile, ministers have been accused of helping to destroy wildlife by accepting big EU subsides while ignoring European conservation laws.
A survey by the Worldwide Fund for Nature claimed to have found ‘gross inadequacies’ between EU funds used for conservation and those used to subsidise large-scale agriculture and environmentally-damaging infrastructure projects.
Evening Standard: 1999 August 4th – By Pravin Char
‘Dead, Dying or Doomed’ – “Animals Wiped Out as Humans Take Over the Planet.” 2008 May 16 Metro: - By Miles Erwin.
As the number of humans has grown from 4billion to 6.5billion, the spread of other creatures has declined by 27 per cent.
This is according to a disturbing new report.
Mammals such as the hippopotamus minus 96%, chimpanzees and polar bears - 55%, Sea creatures such as the swordfish and hammer-head shark – 78%, and freshwater species such as river dolphins face extinction because of loss of habitat and hunting.
“The decline will only get worse because of climate change brought on by human activity, campaigners warn.”
The figures come from a study of 4,000 species by conservation charity WWF.
‘Its Living Planet Index shows the number of populations of land-based species has fallen by 25% between 1970 and 2005.’
“The biggest drop was among tropical land species which tumbled by 55%.”
The potential loss of animals spells bad news for humans said the WWF Director-general James Leape added: ‘Reduced biodiversity means millions of people face a future where food supplies are more vulnerable to pests, disease.’
Biodiversity minister Joan Ruddock said: ‘Supporting wildlife is critical to all our futures.’
“The Rate Of Wildlife Loss Needs to Be Slowed In Both The UK and Internationally.” Humans – ‘Wiping Out Animal Plant Life’ On Earth ‘By Two-Thirds’ – 1999!
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