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Life on Earth is Dying. Thousands of Species Cease to Exist!!

Posted in 2017, animals with tags , , , , , , , , on January 3, 2017 by theboldcorsicanflame

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On the day that you read this article, 200 species of life on Earth (plants, birds, animals, fish, amphibians, insects, reptiles) will cease to exist. Tomorrow, another 200 species will vanish forever.

The human onslaught to destroy life on Earth is unprecedented in Earth’s history. Planet Earth is now experiencing its sixth mass extinction event and Homo sapiens is the cause. Moreover, this mass extinction event is accelerating and is so comprehensive in its impact that the piecemeal measures being taken by the United Nations, international agencies and governments constitute a tokenism that is breathtaking in the extreme.

And it is no longer the case that mainly ‘invisible’ species are vanishing: those insects, amphibians and small animals about which you had never even heard, assuming they have been identified and given a name by humans.

You and I are on the brink of driving to extinction some of the most iconic species alive today. For a photo gallery of threatened species, some of which are ‘critically endangered’, see ‘World’s wildlife being pushed to the edge by humans – in pictures’.

If you want to read more about some aspects of the extinction threat, you can do so in these recent reports: ‘World Wildlife Crime Report: Trafficking in protected species’ and ‘2016 Living Planet Report’  which includes these words: ‘The main statistic from the report … shows a 58% decline between 1970 and 2012. This means that, on average, animal populations are roughly half the size they were 42 years ago.’

And if you want to read just one aspect of what is happening in the world’s oceans, this recent UN report will give you something to ponder: ‘New UN report finds marine debris harming more than 800 species, costing countries millions’. 

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20,000 fish: lobsters, starfish, scallops, crabs & other animals died at Savory Park, Canada

Posted in 2016, 2017, animals with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on January 3, 2017 by theboldcorsicanflame

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30 December 2016

The carcasses of thousands of sea creatures have mysteriously washed up on the western coast of Nova Scotia.

As many as 20,000 fish, lobsters, starfish, scallops, crabs and other animals have turned up dead at Savory Park, Canadian authorities said.

And they have no idea why. Canada’s Fisheries and Oceans department tweeted images of the massive cross-species graveyard.

Environmental officials are testing the water for pesticides and oxygen levels for possible clues. As a precaution, they’re warning consumers to only buy seafood from authorized vendors.

“Dead fish found on shore should not be collected by general public,” the Fisheries and Oceans department tweeted.

According to the US Geological Survey, a number of factors could contribute to fish kills. While toxic chemical exposure can be one cause, most fish kills are attributed to low concentrations of dissolved oxygen in the water, according to the USGS.

Just this year, mass fish deaths were reported in Florida’s Indian River Lagoon and Hongcheng Lake in Haikou,China.

In Florida, dead fish blanketed the Atlantic coast for miles in March. The deaths were caused by a combination of environmental factors. Warmer waters, increased precipitation and pollutant runoff made way for toxic algae blooms and brown tide, ultimately depleting the water of oxygen.

In China, an estimated 35 tons of fish died at Hongcheng Lake in May. While residents blamed the fish kill on pollution, local authorities attributed the incident to changes in salt levels…..

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Family Dog Rescued From Thick Ice by Michigan Firefighters

Posted in 2016, animals with tags , , , on December 31, 2016 by theboldcorsicanflame

Courtesy: Roger D. Squiers

Michigan firefighters (northern United States) on Wednesday intervened on Lake Michigan, to save a dog who fell through the ice in the frozen waters.

The golden retriever was still barking  but over time it began to become lethargic due to the temperature of the water

41 elk died Wednesday morning after falling through ice in East Oregon😭

Posted in 2016, animals with tags , , , on December 28, 2016 by theboldcorsicanflame

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A  herd of 41 elk died Wednesday morning after falling through ice in east Oregon, according to wildlife officials.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife said in a Wednesday Facebook post that the elk perished after falling through the ice on the Powder River.

“After several years of drought, Eastern Oregon is experiencing a real winter this year,” wildlife officials said in the post. “The extra moisture and snowpack will be good for wildlife and habitat in the long run, but conditions may be tough on critters this winter.”

Wildlife officials received a call from a person who lives near the reservoir and witnessed the incident, Brian Ratliff, district wildlife biologist at the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Baker City office told the Baker City Herald.

Ratliff said wildlife officials went to the river to see whether they could save any of the elk, but the conditions were too dangerous, the Baker City Herald reported.

More Than 800 Animals Find Loving Homes Thanks to One Woman Paying All Adoption Fees

Posted in 2016, animals with tags , , , , , on December 26, 2016 by theboldcorsicanflame

Kim Pacini-Hauch doesn’t care about what price she has to pay – she just wants to make sure that every shelter pet in Sacramento has a loving home.

Source: More Than 800 Animals Find Loving Homes Thanks to One Woman Paying All Adoption Fees

Another bad news: Giraffes ‘threatened with extinction’

Posted in 2016, animals with tags , , , , on December 11, 2016 by theboldcorsicanflame

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Earth’s tallest land mammal, the giraffe, is now threatened with extinction, according to an update to an international list of threatened species.

Over the last 30 years, giraffe numbers have dropped by 40 percent across the globe, from around 151,702 to 163,452 individuals in 1985 to 97,562 giraffesin 2015, said officials who updated the threatened species list for the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

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http://www.livescience.com/57140-giraffes-are-threatened-with-extinction.html

Shady Idea: Anger as Japanese skating rink freezes thousands of fish into ice as gimmick

Posted in 2016, animals with tags , , , on November 28, 2016 by theboldcorsicanflame

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The feature at Space World in Kitakyushu is forced to close after anger at ‘disrespect for life’ and ‘lack of morality’

An amusement park in Japan has been forced to close its skating rink after a torrent of online criticism over its centrepiece: thousands of fish frozen into the ice.

Space World in the city of Kitakyushu, south-west Japan, bowed to pressure to close the facility on Sunday after an online campaign denouncing the piscine graveyard as “cruel”, “immoral” and “weird”.

The rink, which was supposed to have stayed open until the spring, featured about 5,000 dead sprats, mackerel and other fish that had been bought from a local market embedded in the ice, some with their mouths still open in apparent suspended animation, according to local media reports.

The fish were also used to spell out “hello” under the ice and to form an arrow showing skaters which direction to follow.

Other parts of the rink showed rays and whale sharks that, the park pointed out, were merely enlarged photos that had been placed beneath the ice.

The outcry was prompted after the fish, some of which appear to be swimming in formation around a pillar, were featured in a local TV report last week.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/nov/28/anger-as-japanese-skating-rink-freezes-thousands-of-fish-into-ice-as-gimmick

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