Monday 25th of January 2021

our concern should not stop at the end of the year...

cycad cones

This is the folly...

The worst thing that can happen during the 1980s is not energy depletion, economic collapse, limited nuclear war, or conquest by a totalitarian government. As terrible as these catastrophes would be for us, they can be repaired within a few generations. The one process ongoing in the 1980s that will take millions of years to correct is the loss of genetic and species diversity by the destruction of natural habitats. This is the folly that our descendents are least likely to forgive us.

 

- E.O. Wilson, 1985

http://www.globalchange.umich.edu/globalchange2/current/lectures/biodiversity/biodiversity.html

 

Gus: and let's not forget global warming...

welcome to all our friends...

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Great Indian bustards...

One of the heaviest flying birds in the world is in danger of going extinct, conservationists are warning.

Great Indian bustards stand a metre tall and weigh up to 15kg, yet as few as 250 may now survive.

That is according to the latest edition of the IUCN Red List for Birds, which reports that the total number of threatened birds species has risen to 1253.

That means 13% of all surviving bird species are now threatened.

The 2011 edition of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature Red List for Birds records the changing prospects for the world's bird species.

"In the space of a year another 13 bird species have moved into the threatened categories," said Jean-Christophe Vie, deputy director of the IUCN Global Species Programme.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/13668026