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    From BBC News - http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/7403989.stm

    Wildlife populations 'plummeting'

    Between a quarter and a third of the world's wildlife has been lost since 1970, according to data compiled by the Zoological Society of London.

    Populations of land-based species fell by 25%, marine by 28% and freshwater by 29%, it says.

    Humans are wiping out about 1% of all other species every year, and one of the "great extinction episodes" in the Earth's history is under way, it says.

    Pollution, farming and urban expansion, over-fishing and hunting are blamed.

    River dolphin

    The Living Planet Index, compiled by the society in partnership with the wildlife group WWF, tracks the fortunes of more than 1,400 species of fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals, using scientific publications and online databases.

    It said numbers had declined by 27% in the 35 years from 1970 to 2005.

    Some of the worst hit are marine species which saw their numbers plummet by 28% in just 10 years, between 1995 and 2005.

    Populations of ocean birds have fallen by 30% since the mid 1990s, while land-based populations have dropped by 25%.

    Reduced biodiversity means millions of people face a future where food supplies are more vulnerable to pests and disease and where water is in irregular or short supply
    James Leape
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    Among the creatures most seriously affected have been African antelopes, swordfish and hammerhead sharks.

    Another, the baiji - or Yangtze River Dolphin - may have been lost altogether.

    The findings were released ahead of a meeting of the Convention on Biodiversity in the German city of Bonn.

    The convention was signed in 1992 with the aim of stabilising the loss of species. In 2002, member states pledged to achieve a "significant reduction" in the current rate of biodiversity loss by 2010.

    But the Zoological Society said governments had since failed to put in place policies necessary to achieve that goal.

    It said that while species' decline does appear to have flattened off in recent years, it is "very unlikely" that the 2010 target will be reached.

    Impact on humans

    The WWF said that over the next 30 years, climate change was also expected to become a significant threat to species.
    Topi antelope in Africa
    Land-based species, such as African antelopes, have fallen by 25%

    Colin Butfield, head of campaigns at WWF UK, said: "Biodiversity underpins the health of the planet and has a direct impact on all our lives, so it is alarming that despite an increased awareness of environmental issues we continue to see a downward trend."

    The charity also warned that a failure to stop biodiversity loss would have a direct impact on humans.

    Director general James Leape said: "Reduced biodiversity means millions of people face a future where food supplies are more vulnerable to pests and disease and where water is in irregular or short supply.

    "No-one can escape the impact of biodiversity loss because reduced global diversity translates quite clearly into fewer new medicines, greater vulnerability to natural disasters and greater effects from global warming."

    The WWF is calling on governments meeting in Bonn to honour their commitments to put in place effective protected areas for wildlife and to adopt a target to achieve net annual zero deforestation by 2020.

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    Quote Originally Posted by janthraxx View Post
    Director general James Leape said:

    "No-one can escape the impact of biodiversity loss because reduced global diversity translates quite clearly into fewer new medicines, greater vulnerability to natural disasters and greater effects from global warming."
    I clearly didn't know that herds of African antilopes could prevent Burma cyclone disaster.

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    I always thought hammerhead sharks sucked anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by janthraxx View Post
    Still think humans aren't significantly destroying the natural world?

    Pollution, farming and urban expansion, over-fishing and hunting are blamed.

    My family has been farming and ranching since the late 1800's early 1900's. It has put food on our families table for many generations. And obviously put food on other families table's as well.

    I never have understood the hatred towards Farmer's and ranchers that the media and the huggers like to push.

    Now the hunting thing is crazy. I'll put it in small terms. I "visit" a place here in Texas that doesn't allow ANY type of hunting. 20 plus THOUSAND acre ranch. That's big for you city types. The over population of deer and hogs is mind blowing. The hogs are one thing. They over come, they adapt. They have no natural predator. The herds keep getting bigger and bigger. They run everything off. The deer on the other hand. Fucking sad. Real sad. Brutal nasty things we've seen there. Too many deer. Weak gene lines breed even weaker deer. Sick and weakly all around. Therefore if one wants to have nice healthy deer running around on his or her place, one has to weed out the unhealthy ones. Otherwise you have sick skinny malnourished deer overflowing. It's sad for the deer. Now multiply that by 10,000 over and over again and you fuck the deer up.

    And I'm about animals and the wildlife etc. I'm a huge supporter of said things. But Goddamn, we need a balance here. Out.
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    hasnt there been a re-introduction of wolves and other natural predators in u.s. national parks to try and equal out the problem of over population and its effects on the local wildlife and habitat?
    plus wildlife over population only strengthens the need for hunting, obviously closly monitored and regulated so we dont over hunt and decimate the population
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    Wow. What a brutal example of biased reporting gone wild.
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    Quote Originally Posted by track 5 View Post

    I never have understood the hatred towards Farmer's and ranchers that the media and the huggers like to push.
    It's referring more to large scale industrial farming, enormous corporate-owned monocrops that stretch across thousands of acres. That's the really destructive thing. Not small family farms, so much.
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