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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A turtle riding a jellyfish.
The world is genuinely full of amazing things, some that you could never have imagined existed if you didn’t see them with your own eyes. Discovering them, one wonder at a time, is what makes life so exciting.
23 oct. 2016
Terrifying moment a massive huntsman spider carries a MOUSE
Meal to go! Amazing moment giant huntsman spider carries a MOUSE away with its fangs
Footage shows huntsman spider dragging a mouse up the side of fridge
When you praise a dog, it’s listening not just to the words you say but also how you say them.
That might not be huge news to dog owners. But now scientists have explored this phenomenon by using an imaging machine to peek inside the brains of 13 dogs as they listened to their trainer’s voice.
The reward pathway in the dogs’ brains lit up when they heard both praising words and an approving intonation — but not when they heard random words spoken in a praising tone or praise words spoken in a flat tone, according to a report in the journal Science.
“Dogs process both what we say and how we say it in a way which is amazingly similar to how human brains do,” says Attila Andics, a neuroscientist at Eötvös Loránd University in Hungary.
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On August 8th 2016, humanity will have used up nature’s budget for the entire year according to the Global Footprint Network, an international sustainability think tank led by Club of Rome memberMathis Wackernagel.
Since 1970, Earth Overshoot Day has been changing date with a general tendency to come earlier in the year, this year will be a record though.
But there is some good news too and plenty of opportunities to act for reducing humanity’s ecological footprint.
#Pledgefortheplanet and read more about overshoot day and what you can do about it here: