Sputnik News – July 12, 2017
New research suggests that the Earth could be headed toward its sixth mass extinction, citing a “biological annihilation” of wildlife in recent decades.
Analyzing both common and rare species, scientists found that over-consumption and human overpopulation has contributed to the loss of billions of regional and local wildlife populations
Published in the National Proceedings of the National Academy of the Sciences (PNAS), the study found that this disappearance of wildlife signifies a “frightening assault on the foundations of human civilization.”
“The situation has become so bad it would not be ethical not to use strong language,” study leader Professor Gerardo Ceballos of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México told the Guardian.
Michael Snyder – April 18, 2017
It has been called “the long extinction”. Our planet is in the process of dying, and as you will see below, this process of death and destruction appears to be accelerating. According to a report that was put out by the World Wildlife Fund and the Zoological Society of London, the number of wild animals around the globe appears to be decreasing at a rate of about 2 percent a year. 2 percent may not sound like a lot to you, but over 10 years that would mean that 20 percent of all wild animals in the world would be gone. And according to that same report, it is being projected that the total loss of wildlife during the 50 year period from 1970 to 2020 will be a staggering 67 percent…
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.
In other words, we are watching a global slow-motion extinction event which will ultimately claim hundreds, if not thousands, of species.
Strange Sounds – February 1, 2017
Wildlife specialists have spent the last three days picking up more than 3,700 dead bird carcasses from the shore in the Yolo Bypass, California.
Laurence Campling, who discovered the mass die-off explains: ‘It’s just shocking to see that kind of die off. I’ve never seen anything with that amount of birds dead in one place! Easily hundreds of bodies, hundreds of birds all along the side of this flooded field.‘
He took pictures and started to worry that something catastrophic was happening. Jeffrey Stoddard, Wildlife Manager for the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area, explained that dead American Coots caught a virus called avian cholera, caused by bacteria. It doesn’t pose a risk to humans but other birds can catch it.