World On The Wane

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August 2016

In 2011, the journal Biodiversity and Conservation published a study that began, “Global climate change is expected to lead to massive loss of global biodiversity in the alpine regions of mountain ranges.”

Newest Additional Reading

  1. New Report Issues Dire Warning About Global Decline in Pollinators, CommonDreams.org
  2. More plastic than fish in the sea by 2050, Says Ellen MacArthur, The Guardian
  3. Humans Damaging the Environment Faster Than it Can Recover, UN Finds, The Guardian
  4. Scientists Say that ‘Nature,’ Untouched by Humans, is Now Almost Entirely Gone, The Washington Post
  5. The Global Solution to Extinction, New York Times
  6. Low Mountain Ranges: Summit Traps for Montane Freshwater Species Under Climate Change, Biodiversity and Conservation

Our environmental deficit is now beyond nature’s ability to regenerate

(The Guardian, August 3, 2015)

“The world enters ecological ‘overshoot’ this year on 13 August, six days earlier than last year. All the world’s production and consumption for the rest of the year runs up an environmental deficit beyond nature’s ability to regenerate itself and safely absorb our economic waste.”

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Researchers warn of a serious threat to fish, mussels and other marine species as carbon dioxide acidifies the world’s waters and increases temperatures.

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Where bumblebees vanish, the wild plants and crops they pollinate could also suffer.

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Since 2012 upwards of 6 million bats have died from White Nose Syndrome.

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The monarch butterfly population has declined 90 percent in the U.S., from 1 billion in 1996 to about 100 million today. Much of their decline has been attributed to the gradual loss of milkweed, the only plant a monarch's larvae will eat. Roundup is the main cause of killing the milkweed.

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Researchers at the University of B.C. say the world’s monitored seabird populations have dropped 70 per cent since the 1950s.

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Humanity is filling the ocean with 8 million metric tons of plastic annually, equivalent to five bags filled with plastic for every foot of coastline in the world.

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Olive-sided Flycatchers have declined by 67 percent since 1966.

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Scientists have identified a new problem for amphibians, which are already shrinking in numbers: A parasite is infesting tadpoles worldwide.

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Pharmaceuticals found in rivers and lakes have resulted in altered behavior in fish and birds and in their reproductive systems from antidepressants, diabetes medication, and other hormonally active drugs.


Mysterious Fungus Killing Snakes in at Least 9 States

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Earth's frogs threatened by spreading tadpole disease Some scientists suggest the growing threats faced by amphibians are evidence of a "sixth extinction."

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More than a third of the world's frogs are either threatened or extinct.

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Approximately 200 frog species have already gone extinct, and hundreds more may be on their way out....

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Some scientists have suggested Earth is witnessing a "sixth extinction" -- likening the rapid decline of amphibians and other vulnerable animal groups to the disappearance of the dinosaurs.

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Canadian Warblers population decline of 3.2 percent per year with the greatest declines in the Northeast.

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Humanity's mismanagement of the ocean has led to the loss of almost half the world's marine mammals, birds, reptiles and fish in a single generation.

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49 per cent decline in marine vertebrate populations between 1970 and 2012. For some fish this figure was almost 75 per cent.

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More than half of the world’s sea turtles have ingested plastic or other human rubbish which can result to health problems and even deaths.

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Researchers warn of a serious threat to fish, mussels and other marine species as carbon dioxide acidifies the world’s waters and increases temperatures.

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Amphibians and reptiles are dying off at up to 10,000 times the historic extinction rate.

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The European Yellow-Breasted Bunting has declined by 90% since 1980.

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7%, or 130,000, of all animal species are already extinct.

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Almost all of Madagascar’s 106 species of lemurs are at risk of extinction.


 

Humans are contaminating their homes and environment to such a degree that the future is questionable. We are like a colony of ants that produces contaminates as it works so that eventually the colony dies or moves to another environment. A solution which we do not have.
(GNA, Founder)

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Contaminated Food: The authorities in California are advising people to avoid consumption of crabs contaminated by a natural toxin that has spread throughout the marine ecosystem off the West Coast, killing sea mammals and poisoning various other species... Domoic acid is a naturally occurring toxin that in severe cases can cause excessive bronchial secretions, permanent loss of short-term memory, coma or death in humans.

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Contaminated Food and the Environment: Once used in chemical warfare, organophosphate, pesticides are now sprayed on the fruits, vegetables and grains that we eat, ranging from watermelons to lettuce leaves. These pesticides are toxic to humans and other animals, just as they are to insects, their intended targets. Organophosphate poisoning has resulted in the death of more than 335,000 birds in North America. And those are just the deaths that have been documented and we know about.

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Contaminated Environment: Bear Island's fish, walruses, and other wildlife face contamination from PCBs that have made their way to Norway's far north. Bear Island sits about midway between mainland Norway and the Svalbard archipelago.

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Contaminated Food: Anita Evenset, a marine biologist at the University of Tromsø, reports that the population of Arctic char landlocked in Bear Island’s Lake Ellasjøen contains some of the highest levels of toxic persistent organic pollutants [including PCBs] found above the Arctic Circle... PCBs are known to cause cancer, developmental defects, and reproductive problems in other animals and humans that may consume them.

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Contaminated People: A study of men from the Faroe Islands finds that high DDT and PCB exposure during adolescence and adulthood is associated with abnormal chromosomes in sperm…

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Contaminated Medicines: Antibiotics Expert Warns It's 'Almost Too Late' to Stop Global Superbug...

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Contaminated Water: Atrazine in our water. Dr. Tyrone Hayes, along with the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists California Chapter and 19 other scientists, criticized California’s recently proposed “safe harbor level” for atrazine... Dr. Hayes’s research has shown that atrazine can chemically castrate and feminize male frogs at concentrations lower than the level allowed in drinking water by the Environmental Protection Agency.

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Contaminated Fish: Smallmouth and largemouth black bass in wildlife refuges across the US Northeast have female reproductive parts. There is growing evidence that endocrine disrupting chemicals are getting into U.S. lakes, rivers, streams and reservoirs—no matter how protected the waters seem. And such contamination seems to affect the reproductive development of some fish species, which can lead to threatened populations.

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Contaminated Humans: With California working to list atrazine as toxic to the reproductive system, three of the United States' most widely used pesticides are under fire for adverse health effects.

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Contaminated Birds: At least 67 million birds die in the U.S. each year due to pesticide toxicity.

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Contaminated Nature: A Great Silence is Spreading Over the Natural World

Bernie Krause has spent 40 years recording over 15,000 species, collecting 4,500 hours of sound from many of the world's pristine habitats. But such is the rate of species extinction and the deterioration of pristine habitat that he estimates half these recordings are now archives, impossible to repeat because the habitats no longer exist or because they have been so compromised by human noise. His tapes are possibly the only record of the original diversity of life in these places.

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Contaminated Animals and Nature: Analysis of dung from wild reindeer in the Arctic finds that it contains manmade flame retardants. This is a reminder of how persistent flame retardants are in the environment, such that they can even reach some of the most remote and sparsely populated regions of the planet. The chemicals examined in the study are called polybrominated diphenyl ethers, or PBDEs.

Source

1) Our Environmental Deficit is Now Beyond Nature’s Ability to Regenerate, The Guardian
2) Climate Change May Knock Seafood Off the Menu, Climate New Network
3) Bumblebees Being Crushed by Climate Change, The Xerces Society
4) Scientists Estimate Up to 6.7 Million Bats Dead From Fast-spreading Disease, Center for Biological Diversity
5) Weedkiller Blamed for Decline of Monarch Butterflies in Teaneck and Across U.S., NorthJersey.com
6) Seabird Population Down 70 Percent Around the Word, Say UBC Researchers, Vancouver Sun
7) Ocean Trash Isn’t Just Bad for the Environment – It’s Bad for Your State of Mind, Washington Post
8) The Olive-Sided Flycatcher, American Bird Conservancy
9) Already Troubled Tadpoles Attacked by New Parasite, Portland Press Herald
10) What To Do About the Antidepressants, Antibiotics, and Other Drugs in Our Water, Ensia
11) Mysterious Fungus Killing Snakes in At Least 9 States, Business Insider
12) Earth’s Frogs Threatened By Spreading Tadpole Disease, UPI
13) We’re Risking A Mass Extinction of Frogs – And They’re the Canary in the Coal Mine, Washington Post
14) The Canadian Warbler, American Bird Conservancy
15) World Wide Fund for Nature Says Nearly Half the World’s Marine Animals Wiped Out in Single Generation, The Sydney Morning Herald
16) World’s Turtles Face Plastic Deluge Danger, Science Daily
17) Rare Amphibians and Reptiles in Arizona, New Mexico and Texas Closer to Endangered Species Act Protection, Center for Biological Diversity
18) Once Abundant Yellow-Breasted Bunting Declines Rapidly, Bombay Natural History Society
19) Study of Land Snails Suggests Earth May Have Already Lost 7 Percent of its Animal Species, Washington Post
20) Madagascar’s Lemurs Cling to Survival, BBC
21) Toxin Taints Crabs and Kill Sea Mammals, Scientists Warn, New York Times
22) Get Neurotoxins Out of Our Food, Center for Biological Diversity
23) A Toxic Threat Reaches a Remote Arctic Island, TakePark.com
24)  DDT’s Long Shadow: Long-Banned Chemicals Linked to Abnormal Sperm, Environmental Health News
25)  Antibiotics Expert Warns It's 'Almost Too Late' to Stop Global Superbug, CommonDreams.org
26)  California Atrazine Proposal Ignores Science on Dangers to People, Wildlife, Center for Biological Diversity
27)  “Intersex” Male Bass Found Throughout Protected Northeast US Waters, Environmental Health News
28)  Atrazine: The Latest Pesticide on Trial , CivilEats.com
29)  Silent Spring Revisited , Center for Biological Diversity
30)  A Great Silence is Spreading Over the Natural World , The Guardian
31)  Arctic Reindeer Poo Acts as Flame Retardant, Discovery News