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    3 years before 2/3 of animal populations are gone?

    https://www.theguardian.com/environm...r-report-warns


    The number of wild animals living on Earth is set to fall by two-thirds by 2020, according to a new report, part of a mass extinction that is destroying the natural world upon which humanity depends.

    The analysis, the most comprehensive to date, indicates that animal populations plummeted by 58% between 1970 and 2012, with losses on track to reach 67% by 2020. Researchers from WWF and the Zoological Society of London compiled the report from scientific data and found that the destruction of wild habitats, hunting and pollution were to blame.


    The creatures being lost range from mountains to forests to rivers and the seas and include well-known endangered species such as elephants and gorillas and lesser known creatures such as vultures and salamanders.


    The collapse of wildlife is, with climate change, the most striking sign of the Anthropocene, a proposed new geological era in which humans dominate the planet. “We are no longer a small world on a big planet. We are now a big world on a small planet, where we have reached a saturation point,” said Prof Johan Rockström, executive director of the Stockholm Resilience Centre, in a foreword for the report.

    Marco Lambertini, director general of WWF, said: “The richness and diversity of life on Earth is fundamental to the complex life systems that underpin it. Life supports life itself and we are part of the same equation. Lose biodiversity and the natural world and the life support systems, as we know them today, will collapse.”

    He said humanity was completely dependent on nature for clean air and water, food and materials, as well as inspiration and happiness.


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    It seems to me that large predators have been hit especially hard, since they're the most threat to humans. This leaves herbivores more likely to multiply to the point they over-graze areas, stripping the vegetation needed to absorb CO2 and provide oxygen.
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    This sounds like more of the 1970's overpopulation scare-tactics to me. According to them we would all be packed shoulder to shoulder and eating each other by the year 2000.

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    Did Al Gore have anything to do with this?

    This hysteria and apocalyptic fear mongering reminds many of the 1970 Earth Day predictions that fizzled like a firecracker:

    End of civilization in 15-30 years

    100-200 million deaths to starvation yearly for 10 years

    A new ice age by 2000

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    The articl seems misleading because animal populations hav aparently dropd 58% already. So it's just another 9% drop in the period from 2012-2020. I'm not sure how acurate the data is but it if animal populations are decreasing significantly acros the board, that is obviously a bad thing.
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    What is the baseline? Surely it can't be 2/3 of presently existing animal populations, right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by KingsGambit View Post
    What is the baseline? Surely it can't be 2/3 of presently existing animal populations, right?
    1970. There's got to be lots of assumptions built into the model, so I'm not sure how far I'd trust it. For example, massive development in my area doesn't seem to have thinned the deer herds any, and coyotes (or coywolves) seem to be multiplying, not diminishing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by One Bad Pig View Post
    It seems to me that large predators have been hit especially hard, since they're the most threat to humans. This leaves herbivores more likely to multiply to the point they over-graze areas, stripping the vegetation needed to absorb CO2 and provide oxygen.
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    We'll just make more animals, no big deal
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