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Extinction is Human Caused — It is not a Natural-Occurrence of our times as ignorance dictates

Species extinction facts

122,090 Number of species gone extinct So far this year 1

This is not a natural occurrence, as the broken systems of game management, oil production, agriculture, and cattle industry would like all of the American taxpayers to believe. No

“Here are some quick “species extinction… facts”… and it’s not encouraging reading. Species are becoming extinct faster now than at any point in modern history.

Top 5 facts about species gone extinct

Species are disappearing

We don’t know exactly how many species go extinct every year but it could be 100,000 – about 1 every 5 minutes.

…And fast !

The current rate of extinction is up to 10,000 times higher than the average historical extinction rates. We, the humans, are almost wholly responsible for this increase.

It’s getting worse

The worsening and loss of biodiversity are projected to continue, and even accelerate. Direct human activity and climate change is the cause of this – for example through the destruction of forests and coral reefs.

Possible mass extinction

There is a wide belief that a “mass extinction” is underway. Some predict that half of all living species could be gone within 100 years.

Who are they?

Within the next 15 to 40 years it is likely that the following animals will become extinct: polar bear, chimpanzee, elephant, snow leopard, tiger, mountain gorilla, orangutan, giant panda, rhino, and the koala bear. Unfortunately, these are just a few of many…”

What is Extinction

  1. An endangered species is one whose numbers are so small that it is at risk of extinction.
  2. A species is defined as endangered or threatened when it is suffers from these factors: damage to its habitat for recreational, or entertainment purposes; disease or predation of the species; and hazards to the continued life of the species.
  3. A species is declared extinct after many years of not being spotted. Because it takes so long to define an entire species as extinct, it is probable that there are many species already gone that we are unaware of.
  4. Rangers are on the frontlines of conservation to protect some of the world’s most endangered species like tigers, elephants and rhinos. Send thank-you cards to those who protect endangered species. Sign up for Wildlife Cards!
  5. 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 dozens going extinct every day.
  6. As many as 30 to 50 percent of all species are possibly heading toward extinction by mid-century.
  7. 99% of currently threatened species are at risk from human activities, primarily those driving habitat loss, introduction of exotic species, and global warming
  8. The Endangered Species Act of 1973 (ESA) protects registered endangered species by removing them from the “take” list, which makes it unlawful for a person to shoot, harm, capture, trap, or attempt any such actions to the species.
  9. Ultimately, the ESA strives to recover species from the endangered list by restoring their ecological health until they no longer need protection.
  10. The World Wildlife Organization focuses on saving certain species that help sustain other species. They protect wildlife such as pandas, whales, rhinos, marine turtles, primates, polar bears, and big cats.
  11. Freshwater ecosystems are home to more than 100,000 known species of plants and animals, and are now one of the most endangered habitats in the world as a result of human development, pollution, and climate change.

Understanding Extinction

Just to illustrate the degree of biodiversity loss we’re facing, let’s take you through one scientific analysis… The rapid loss of species we are seeing today is estimated by experts to be between 1,000 and 10,000 times higher than the natural extinction rate.*

These experts calculate that between 0.01 and 0.1% of all species will become extinct each year.

If the low estimate of the number of species out there is true – i.e. that there are around 2 million different species on our planet** – then that means between 200 and 2,000 extinctions occur every year.

But if the upper estimate of species numbers is true – that there are 100 million different species co-existing with us on our planet – then between 10,000 and 100,000 species are becoming extinct each year.

Unlike the mass extinction events of geological history, the current extinction challenge is one for which a single species – ours – appears to be almost wholly responsible.

This is often referred to as the 6th extinction crisis, after the 5 known extinction waves in geological history. So without arguing about who’s right or wrong; Or, what the exact numbers are. There can be little debate that there is, in fact, a very serious biodiversity crisis.

Conclusion

We are at a point in history where the Human-Species should start to question, and demand good science, good research based on non-negotiable and well refenced facts (no personal agendas, political agendas, nor special interests need apply here, as it is uncooperative corporations as well as government agencies that remain causing these problems). . .

Rather than follow corrupt empires of special interests, and profound agendas with no Environmental Assessments, or disregard the laws put into place to protect our environmental landscapes and wildlife ecology, strengthen the laws in place, and regulate and manage our interests with diversity and “all is connected on this earth of ours” mind-sets.

We must get along! How simple of a resolution is this? We must stop assuming corrupt corporations and government agencies are worthy of respect, when they indeed are not what so ever! Corruption is corrupt, and those that follow the corruption are just as bad as the corrupt.

Our environmental as well as our wildlife management systems are broken – entirely!

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  1. http://www.theworldcounts.com/counters/degradation_and_destruction_of_ecosystems/species_extinction_facts
  2. https://www.dosomething.org/us/facts/11-facts-about-endangered-species
  3. Wildscreen Arkive. “Endangered species.” Wildscreen. Web Accessed March 20, 2015.
  4. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Endangered Species Program. “Listing a Species as Threatened or Endangered: Section 4 of the Endangered Species Act” 2015. Web Accessed March 20, 2015.
  5. Engber, Daniel. “When can you say an animal is extinct?” Slate Magazine, 2005. Web Accessed March 20, 2015.
  6. Center for Biological Diversity. “The Extinction Crisis.” Web Accessed March 20, 2015.
  7. Center for Biological Diversity. “The Extinction Crisis.” Web Accessed March 20, 2015.
  8. Center for Biological Diversity. “The Extinction Crisis” Web Accessed March 20, 2015.
  9. Davison, Steven G. “Alteration Of Wildlife Habitat As A Prohibited Taking Under The Endangered Species Act.” The Florida State University College of Law. Web Accessed March 20, 2015.
  10. U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service . “Endangered Species Consultation Handbook.” 1998. Web Accessed March 20, 2015.
  11. World Wildlife Fund. “About Us.” Web Accessed March 20, 2015.
  12. World Wildlife Fund. “Habitats: Freshwaters.” Web Accessed March 20, 2015.
  13. WHAT YOU CAN DO — http://wwf.panda.org/about_our_earth/biodiversity/what_you_can_do/

 
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Posted by on December 9, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

Wild Horses and the Corrupt World of Horses

“We have a saying, that Power Corrupts.  In my objectivity and observations, I say yes, there is no doubt it corrupts.  Power corrupts not only those who wields the power, but those who submit to it as well.  Those who grovel at the feet of power, betray their fellows to hide themselves behind the cloak of submission.  It, indeed, is an evil thing . . . ”  John Cox, The Cascades

I find the fact that we assume technology has, indeed, assisted our society.  It supposedly has placed our conduct into a more superior, or academic and intellectual mind-set.  But no, it has not at all.  Technology a mere excuse, a façade of the problem no one speaks about?  The conditions of the human mind-set, or lack of . . .

Veterans Of Wars

Allow me to use here, as an example, the most powerful and ignorant of all — War and the Human Species.  As a Vietnam Veteran myself, I watched in horror, as many others had done also.  It was a dismal fate of a high percentage of Vietnam Veteran’s who committed suicide upon arriving home, as well as decades afterward.  The excuse, or one of oh so many, was the fact of the Vietnam Veteran not appreciated, and disliked when coming home. . . Which, under this assumption, our human species simply took out their anger, their hatred toward that war, on the Vietnam Veteran.

Today we have many who have come back from Iraq, Afghanistan, and other countries, and are welcomed home.  Today, everybody love’s their Veteran’s.  At least the façade, or pretense of the day says this — but indeed, pretty much an untruth.  Why do I say this, and use it here as an example?  These Veteran’s of current War’s have a suicide rate often 5 points higher than Vietnam Veteran’s ever had.  Ignorance?  Technology?  Human Conditioning?  Apathy?  Complacency?  Not having to take responsibility?

America’s Wild Horses on Public Lands

What of the Wild Horses?  What mind-set promotes the lies, the hatred, and yes, even the very essence of lack of responsibility by our government agencies to properly manage Americas’ Wild Horses by the Laws put into place to do so — and not to do harm to those innocent wildlife we live on this planet with — as in truth, all is connected — yet ignored, or worse, the presumption, by those Laws simply do not exist, according to those people who call themselves government employees; which, who we call nothing more than groveler’s — or the worst of the worst corrupt of them all, those who submit to corruption.

“. . .  IT INDEED IS AN EVIL THING.”

 
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Posted by on December 7, 2017 in Uncategorized