Extinction is happening now

Fishing nets and ropes are a frequent hazard for olive ridley sea turtles.

Unfortunately massive extinction is happening to all kinds of species all over the world right now. A new 1500 page report on Apri 29 by the United Nations is the newest look at the fact that species of all kinds are becoming extinct every day and this is directly threatening the continuing existence of humans.

The Olive Ridley sea turtle at the head of this page is one of the most recents victims of the onrushing tide of extinction that is overtaking our earth.

More than 500,000 land species do not have enough natural habitat left to ensure their long-term survival. The extinction rate is currently hundreds of times higher than the base extinction rate of most of our history.

All kinds of species are dying, from insects to polar bears and bengal tigers, it isn’t just a few random, unnessesary animals and plants that are disappearing. All species are part of an intricate web of nature. Once certain parts of the web die, the whole web is endangered. The bottom line is pretty scary: the current extinction of plants and animals is a direct threat to continued human existence.

This article in the May 6, 2019 New York Times is not an isolated article. Articles like the one are appearing daily in prominent newspapers and magazines all over the world. The title of this article in the Times is “Humans Are Speeding Extinction and Altering the Natural World at an ‘Unprecedented’ Pace.”

New York Times
May 6, 2019
by Brad Plumer
All photos are from this NYT article
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Cattle grazing on a tract of illegally cleared Amazon forest in Pará State, Brazil. In most major land habitats, the average abundance of native plant and animal life has fallen by 20 percent or more, mainly over the past century. More and more of the world, particularly in tropical countries, is beginning to look like this.
Volunteers collected trash in March in a mangrove forest in Brazil. The loss of mangrove forests and coral reefs along coasts could expose up to 300 million people to increased risk of flooding.
An elephant in the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy at the foot of Mount Kenya, outside Nairobi. More than 500,000 land species do not have enough natural habitat left to ensure their long-term survival.

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