*The rapid loss of species that we are witnessing today is estimated by some
experts to be between 100 and 1,000 times higher than the “background” or
expected natural extinction rate
*The current extinction phenomenon is one for which a single species – ours – appears to be almost wholly responsible.
*A total of 15,589 species of plants and animals are known to face a
high risk of extinction in the near future, in almost all cases as a
result of human activities.
^The state of the world’s threatened bird species is worse than ever.
Since 1994 the number of bird species threatened with global
extinction has risen to 12%. Of the new total, 1,175 (99%) are at risk
of extinction from human activities.
*The total number of threatened animal species has increased from 5,205
to 7,266 since 1996.
*Habitat loss and degradation affect 86% of all threatened birds,
86% of mammals, and 88% of threatened amphibians.
*Indonesia, India, Brazil and China are among the countries with the most
threatened mammals and birds
*Every time we lose a species we break a life chain which has evolved
over 3.5 billion years
*We (Humans) take natural habitats convert them to agriculture, to suburbia, to roads, to monoculture forestry. We fish the oceans so heavily we literally have these trolling nets that scrape the bottom of the ocean clean…
*Scientists have released an updated list of the world’s most endangered plants and animals. It’s called the
Red List, and it’s widely viewed as the world’s most authoritative guide to the status of disappearing plants animals.
*A species becomes extinct when its last representative dies.A reassessment of our closest relatives, the great apes, has revealed a grim picture. Their population has declined by more than 60% over the last 20-25 years
Sadly, we are killing the Earth..killing ourselves….and we go about our business as if it does not matter. I would prefer to think that most people just don’t know and with a shift of focus, this sad tale can have a better ending. With that said, take a look at this informative clip and let’s all try to do..and be…better.