'EXTINCTION CRISIS': Nature in worst shape in human history, UN report says


petros
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Cliffy
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The new generations may not even know, but older people will surely remember that up until some 20 years ago any car trip meant a windshield covered in dead insects, smashed by the impact.
However, nowadays that doesn't happen so much.
It may sound great news—after all, who doesn't like to travel with a clean windshield? But what does it really mean? Doesn't that tell you anything?
Scientists associate the dramatic decline in insect populations with industrial agricultural practices, especially habitat destruction and pesticide use. That decline, besides being a tragedy by itself, also affects the whole terrestrial ecosystems, such as the birds', reptiles' and amphibians' diet, pollination, etc.
The collapse of the insect populations may be the foretoken of the collapse of the terrestrial ecosystems.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/feb/10/plummeting-insect-numbers-threaten-collapse-of-nature
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Walter
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Quote: Originally Posted by Cliffy View Post


The new generations may not even know, but older people will surely remember that up until some 20 years ago any car trip meant a windshield covered in dead insects, smashed by the impact.
However, nowadays that doesn't happen so much.
It may sound great news—after all, who doesn't like to travel with a clean windshield? But what does it really mean? Doesn't that tell you anything?
Scientists associate the dramatic decline in insect populations with industrial agricultural practices, especially habitat destruction and pesticide use. That decline, besides being a tragedy by itself, also affects the whole terrestrial ecosystems, such as the birds', reptiles' and amphibians' diet, pollination, etc.
The collapse of the insect populations may be the foretoken of the collapse of the terrestrial ecosystems.
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/feb/10/plummeting-insect-numbers-threaten-collapse-of-nature
thepermaculturealternative.wordpress.com

Such crap. Every summer my windshield get hit with lots of bugs.
 
Twin_Moose
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#154
Maybe the cities should stop spraying to kill larvae in standing water?
 
Cliffy
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p7LDk4D3Q3U


'The Turning Point' explores the destruction of the environment, climate change and species extinction from different perspective. Music by Wantaways.
 
Cliffy
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Rest Of Earth’s Inhabitants Vote To Phase Out People By The Year 2040




NEWARK – In a move that has been expected by everyone other than humans for quite some time, the rest of life on Earth today voted to do what has to be done to save the planet, deciding in a unanimous decision to phase out people over the next 20 years.
The consensus was reached at the 3,487,562,490th annual global convention for multi-cellular organisms – an event that humans have been invited to but have yet to attend; citing an obscure religious text that they believe provides them with dominion over everything, but which is unrecognized by the rest of the planet’s co-occupants.
“I will not lie,” said a large bear, rising in the small hotel conference room just outside of Newark, New Jersey, which the flora and fauna have had to rent the past few years after finding their natural habitats decimated by the preternaturally destructive people.
“The surplus of garbage and warmer winters have been nice. But I can no longer lick a creek without tasting the mercury, and even now my bowels contain parts of a large yogurt container, three pairs of Ray Bans, a Nokia, and a small figurine I believe was originally meant to resemble the popular television character ‘Peppa Pig,’ but now just looks like a very large wad of gum with legs.
“In any event,” the bear continued, after biting into a complimentary donut. “My home has been logged, my rivers dammed, and my photo taken – badly I might add – without my permission. The people must go. I speak for all bears. As well as our cousins the raccoons, who were unable to attend this year’s meeting due to being deeply embedded in the human tribe, awaiting the order to eat all of the people’s car keys, thus beginning the end of their species.”
The bear’s speech earned a sustained round of applause/splashing/fluttering from all those present, and many of the creatures said it was the best address made in an assembly since the last of the dinosaurs delivered a scathing indictment of 10-kilometre wide asteroids, and the carnage that they bring.
But the plan to phase out humans was not without its dissenters.
“I for one have loved my masters,” said a small Shih Tzu, trying to pull off a look of deep gravitas, despite having his bangs gathered into a simply adorable topknot.
“Jesus Balto, would you listen to yourself,” shouted a wolf from the back of the room. “Masters? What the hell is wrong with you? You used to be noble animals. Now you bark at your own shadow, do tricks for treats, and wear pashmina sweaters. You’re basically Piers Morgan. Why don’t you just grow a pair? Oh right. I’m sorry. I forgot.”
Looking to pivot away from the ugly scene of the Shih Tzu trying to get its shit tzugether, a large bull elephant turned to another animal that was close to the humans, and had yet to offer an opinion.
“Cat, what say you?”
Cat blinked once and turned her gaze back into the room, from a window where she’d be idly wondering why the world is such a disgustingly messy place.
“What are we talking about?”
“The people. They’re destroying the planet and we think we need to get rid of them. You guys live with them. What do you think?”
“Oh yes,” Cat said, rolling her shoulders slightly, causing everyone to take a large step back. “Our position on that remains unchanged. **** ’em.”

https://outabouter.com/2019/04/11/re...-the-year-2040
 
petros
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Quote: Originally Posted by Cliffy View Post

I wish. I go through a shitload of of RainX every summer. Not for rain but because of bugs.
 
Cliffy
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DaSleeper
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#159
Another Burp from Fakebook!
 
Cliffy
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A Rescued Green Turtle Pooped Out Plastic Trash For Weeks




Unless you’ve been living under a soda bottle for the past couple of years, you’ll no doubt be aware that plastic pollution has become a worrying scourge on our planet’s oceans.
In the latest grim illustration of this problem, a sea turtle has been rescued after being found with a belly full of plastic. While the turtle is now on the mend, vets say it spent the past month pooping out over 13 grams (0.5 ounces) of nylon bags, netting, and an assortment of other plastic trash.
The green turtle was caught in a fishers' net off the coast of the Argentine capital Buenos Aires on December 29, 2019. After being passed onto experts at Mundo Marino Foundation, an Argentina-based conservation group, it was revealed that the turtle had a worrying amount of plastics stuck in its digestive tract.
“Through radiographic images, we could see foreign bodies inside. Therefore, we started a treatment with a medication that increases peristaltic movements (movements of the digestive tract) and allows it to excrete what we saw in the images," Ignacio Peña, a veterinarian at the Foundation, said in a statement.







More: https://www.iflscience.com/plants-an...rash-for-weeks
 
Cliffy
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Twin_Moose
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Not so 'Lonesome?' Galápagos tortoise subspecies thought extinct lives on.

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Famed Galápagos tortoise Lonesome George's subspecies might not be extinct after all — researchers are calling the discovery of a surviving female relative "a story of hope" that the giant creature's legacy lives on.
When Lonesome George, the last known specimen of his kind who was estimated to be more than 100 years old, died in 2012, it marked the extinction of his Chelonoidis abingdonii subspecies.
But now, conservationists working on Ecuador's Galápagos Islands have discovered a young female tortoise that is partially related to Lonesome George.

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The conservationists also retrieved 11 male tortoises and 18 other female tortoises from Wolf Volcano. These were found to be partially related to the Chelonoidis niger species from Floreana Island that was also considered extinct.
The discoveries could be enough to rewrite the extinction status of the Floreana species, according to Barry.
"I think we are cautiously optimistic that this is a species that we will be able to bring back from extinction and we can repopulate Floreana with tortoises that have significant Floreana lineage," she said.
It's too soon to know if the same can be said about the Pinta Island species, but Barry added that the existence of the female tortoise suggests other Pinta Island descendants could inhabit the region around Wolf Volcano.
The expedition was part of the Giant Tortoise Restoration Initiative, a joint venture between the Galapagos Conservancy and the Galapagos National Park Directorate. The 30 tortoises collected during the recent excursion have been transferred to a breeding center on Santa Cruz Island, where scientists will evaluate whether they will join captive breeding programs.

 
petros
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Quote: Originally Posted by Cliffy View Post

A Rescued Green Turtle Pooped Out Plastic Trash For Weeks

Unless you’ve been living under a soda bottle for the past couple of years, you’ll no doubt be aware that plastic pollution has become a worrying scourge on our planet’s oceans.
In the latest grim illustration of this problem, a sea turtle has been rescued after being found with a belly full of plastic. While the turtle is now on the mend, vets say it spent the past month pooping out over 13 grams (0.5 ounces) of nylon bags, netting, and an assortment of other plastic trash.
The green turtle was caught in a fishers' net off the coast of the Argentine capital Buenos Aires on December 29, 2019. After being passed onto experts at Mundo Marino Foundation, an Argentina-based conservation group, it was revealed that the turtle had a worrying amount of plastics stuck in its digestive tract.
“Through radiographic images, we could see foreign bodies inside. Therefore, we started a treatment with a medication that increases peristaltic movements (movements of the digestive tract) and allows it to excrete what we saw in the images," Ignacio Peña, a veterinarian at the Foundation, said in a statement.

More: https://www.iflscience.com/plants-an...rash-for-weeks

Just like the starving albatross on TV that feed it's chick plastic.

Correct me if I'm wrong but dont birds swallow shit to help with digestion then puke it up later? Do turtles do the same?
 
Cliffy
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" Nature has an eloquent way of restoring equilibrium and balance to populations whose numbers threaten the overall health of the land. I think people forget just how much insane effort and global violence and manic suffering it takes to delay Nature in delivering this balance to us. Personally, I think an anarcho-primitivist solution or simply, tribes, is the only one that I’ve heard that doesn’t engage us in a war against the earth, a war we can’t win and don’t even really want to!" - Gumby Montgomery.
 
Hoid
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Quote: Originally Posted by Cliffy View Post

" Nature has an eloquent way of restoring equilibrium and balance to populations whose numbers threaten the overall health of the land. I think people forget just how much insane effort and global violence and manic suffering it takes to delay Nature in delivering this balance to us. Personally, I think an anarcho-primitivist solution or simply, tribes, is the only one that I’ve heard that doesn’t engage us in a war against the earth, a war we can’t win and don’t even really want to!" - Gumby Montgomery.

And I thought Pokey was the brains.
 
Cliffy
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_A2bweGHTY


REI Presents: Everything to Lose by Pattie Gonia

Watch the full documentary "Dear Mother Nature": https://youtu.be/8Yfk0vvVIoU “Everything to Lose” features a spoken word poem by Pattie Gonia that calls people to reflect on the impacts their actions have on Mother Nature (or as Pattie says, "Mother Natch"). Now is the time to change our behaviors and take positive action.
 
Twin_Moose
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Quote: Originally Posted by Cliffy View Post

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_A2bweGHTY
REI Presents: Everything to Lose by Pattie Gonia
Watch the full documentary "Dear Mother Nature": https://youtu.be/8Yfk0vvVIoU “Everything to Lose” features a spoken word poem by Pattie Gonia that calls people to reflect on the impacts their actions have on Mother Nature (or as Pattie says, "Mother Natch"). Now is the time to change our behaviors and take positive action.

Looks as though the Corona virus maybe helping you out a little Cliffy, have you organized a rally to meet all that returned from China yet and thank them for their sacrifice? Make sure to shake their hands
 
Twin_Moose
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Quote: Originally Posted by Hoid View Post

And I thought Pokey was the brains.

Did you have a nice weekend Hoid? Noticed that you were missing in action wassup?
 
Cliffy
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p7LDk4D3Q3U


'The Turning Point' explores the destruction of the environment, climate change and species extinction from different perspective. Music by Wantaways.
 
Twin_Moose
#170
What wildlife are at risk with this colder than average weather we are having?
 
Cliffy
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#171
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8FylXPzhqO8




Johnathan Pie - Australia on FIRE!

Australia is on the front line of the climate crisis.
 
petros
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#172
Are they? Why were controlled burns opposed?
 
Walter
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#173
Quote: Originally Posted by Cliffy View Post

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8FylXPzhqO8
Johnathan Pie - Australia on FIRE!
Australia is on the front line of the climate crisis.

Total bullshit.
 
Walter
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Quote: Originally Posted by Cliffy View Post

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p7LDk4D3Q3U
'The Turning Point' explores the destruction of the environment, climate change and species extinction from different perspective. Music by Wantaways.

Utter crap.
 
Walter
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Quote: Originally Posted by Cliffy View Post

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_A2bweGHTY
REI Presents: Everything to Lose by Pattie Gonia
Watch the full documentary "Dear Mother Nature": https://youtu.be/8Yfk0vvVIoU “Everything to Lose” features a spoken word poem by Pattie Gonia that calls people to reflect on the impacts their actions have on Mother Nature (or as Pattie says, "Mother Natch"). Now is the time to change our behaviors and take positive action.

Elite shit.
 
Walter
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[QUOTE=Twin_Moose;2815183] Not so 'Lonesome?' Galápagos tortoise subspecies thought extinct lives on.
Ecoterrorists don’t like good news stories.
 
Blackleaf
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David Attenborough says he's always careful around animals.

Pity his brother wasn't when he opened Jurassic Park
 
Cliffy
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