United Nations Report on Nature

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UN Report: Nature’s Dangerous Decline ‘Unprecedented’; Species Extinction Rates ‘Accelerating’

Key Points:
1. Current global response insufficient;
2. ‘Transformative changes’ are needed to restore and protect nature;
3. Opposition from vested interests can be overcome for public good
4. Most comprehensive assessment of its kind;
5.1,000,000 species threatened with extinction

“Current global response insufficient;‘Transformative changes’ needed to restore and protect nature;Opposition from vested interests can be overcome for public goodMost comprehensive assessment of its kind;1,000,000 species threatened with extinction”

“Humans Are Speeding Extinction and Altering the Natural World at an ‘Unprecedented’ Pace.” ~ New York Times

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You Can Help Our Rainforests

You can protect the Rainforest wildlife habit every day. When you click, their sponsors fund the preservation of habitat. Just click to give!

Every day areas of the rainforest are being destroyed at an alarming rate. We are losing an estimated 137 plant, insect and animal species each day , or more than 50,00 species per year. The Earth loses 18.7 million acres of forests per year, which is equal to 27 soccer fields every minute, according to the World Wildlife Fund. 

More than half of the world’s 10 million species call the tropical rainforests home and humans are the main cause of rainforest habitat destruction. We are cutting down rainforests for many reasons, including: wood for both timber and making fires; agriculture for farms; grazing land for cattle; pulp for making paper; road construction for work crews; and extraction of minerals and energy.

Rainforests are also threatened by climate change,  which contributes to droughts. Drought causes die-offs of trees and dries out the fallen leaves, increasing the risk of rainforest fires, which sometimes are even set by land developers, ranchers, plantation owners, and loggers. About half of the world’s tropical forests have been cleared, according to the FAO.  According to the WWF, It is estimated that 15 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions come from deforestation. In 2016, global tree cover loss reached a record of 73.4 million acres (29.7 million hectares), according to the University of Maryland.

The effects of losing the rainforest are far reaching and how high the degree of impact of the decline of rainforests still has many unanswered questions but one thing is certain, the effects are happening right now, it’s only a matter of how bad will it get, how bad will we allow it to get. 

Rainforest Facts – The Disappearing Rainforests

Daily clicks may seem like a small thing to do. But with these numbers of destruction daily, even us all doing this one small thing daily will make a direct impact on the conservation of this vital land and the stunning wildlife that call the rainforests ‘home’.

 

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Animals Who Call The Rainforest Home

Virginia Zoological Park (photo journal)

22366318_10214832339861888_6834313303789828946_n.jpg Gloomy, rainy weather didn’t stop us from heading out to the Virginia Zoo this weekend. As an animal rights advocate I tend to have a love-hate relationship when it comes to zoos and aquariums. But I can see both sides of the story and know that many zoos are not just out to make money off their acquired living breathing property, but also hope for educating the public on why preservation of these magnificent being is vital. I also know many zoos have visionaries that fight the rights of animals from this angle. Knowing and seeing too well the mass extinctions that are taking place within our animals species habitats as well as species decline due to poaching and other forms ofanimal enslavement and abuse uses.

So when I visit a zoo I usually view with skeptical concerned eyes. But I’m happy to say this zoo does a pretty amazing job with care for their animals and utilizing their position to educate the public and preserve the species that come to live here at the Virginia Zoo. All zoos have room for improvements and recently this zoo had one of their Red Pandas escape because of tree branches. Sadly that Panda was never found. And since then they seem to have implemented more measures for protection of animal and human alike.

22279529_10214839980732905_5163218267207142195_n.jpg My hope always is that those who take on the responsibility of wildlife do so with respect for the animal and their nature and to educate the public on the beauty they possess and that if we do not take care and heed, they may all one day be gone.

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Virginia Zoo

The Elephant In The Room 

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Rent For Living On The Planet

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Passing along some good reads on extinction of species,  climate change and lack of empathy and how it affects and will affect us as human beings and the world we all need to learn to better care for and live in harmony with.

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Good Grief 

“Ours is a world of rapidly increasing sameness. And as we lose more and more species to extinction, as more and more forms of otherness pass into the night, it has seemed crucial to me that we extend our empathy to these other forms. The embodiment of that empathy is our protection.”

—Lydia Millet, award-winning novelist and Center writer. Read more.

 

 

 

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THE EXTINCTION CRISIS – It’s frightening but true: Our planet is now in the midst of its sixth mass extinction of plants and animals — the sixth wave of extinctions in the past half-billion years. We’re currently experiencing the worst spate of species die-offs since the loss of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago. Although extinction is a natural phenomenon, it occurs at a natural “background” rate of about one to five species per year. Scientists estimate we’re now losing species at 1,000 to 10,000 times the background rate, with literally dozens going extinct every day [1]. It could be a scary future indeed, with as many as 30 to 50 percent of all species possibly heading toward extinction by mid-century. More….

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Species List | Endangered, Vulnerable, and Threatened Animals | WWF 

 

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Earth is on brink of a sixth mass extinction, scientists say, and it’s humans’ fault

A vast chunk of space rock crashes into the Yucatan Peninsula, darkening the sky with debris and condemning three-quarters of Earth’s species to extinction. A convergence of continents disrupts the circulation of the oceans, rendering them stagnant and toxic to everything that lives there. Vast volcanic plateaus erupt, filling the air with poisonous gas. Glaciers subsume the land and lock up the oceans in acres of ice.

Five times in the past, the Earth has been struck by these kinds of cataclysmic events, more….

 

 

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Make A Difference Today

Extinction is an enormous problem but don’t be overwhelmed. Together, we can fight it on all fronts and curb extinction and species loss. We can’t do everything at once but each action you take matters. Much much more…

 

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Actor Leonardo DiCaprio meets with scientists, activists and world leaders to discuss the dangers of climate change and possible solutions.

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The Extinction  Clock

“Extinction has got to be the second saddest word – right behind genocide. It is an ugly word, an enormous word – the end of an entire world. But it is also a personal word. It is the tragic death of individuals, the end of so many stories.
World Clock endangered species stats come from the World Wildlife Fund (and other sources) which has tackled the challenging task of counting endangered species. It is a difficult and time consuming job since most creatures do not fill out census forms.
Extinctions are very roughly estimated because nobody knows exactly how many species exist on earth. And, of course, nobody knows how many of the unknown species are disappearing each year. Scientists guess that extinctions are between a few hundred and a few hundred thousand. We chose a conservative figure of 10,000 extinctions per year.”