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Wildlife in the Tropics Plummets By Over 60 Percent


Environment  (tags: environment, ecosystems, animals, habitat loss, animal welfare, biodiversity, nature, habitatdestruction, habitat, world, protection, conservation, destruction )

Cal
- 807 days ago - news.mongabay.com
In 48 years wildlife populations in the tropics, the region that holds the bulk of the world's biodiversity, have fallen by an alarming 61 percent, according to the most recent update to the Living Planet Index.



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John S. (297)
Tuesday May 15, 2012, 3:45 pm
Thanks, noted, not a highly discussed topic, thanks for bringing it up.
 

Jarno Lahtinen (26)
Tuesday May 15, 2012, 3:50 pm
Very alarming indeed. I wonder how far it'll be allowed to go, before the world realizes the seriousness of the situation. If this decline isn't curbed soon, our descendants will be living on an impovrished world, a sad shell of it's former glory.
 

Suzy F. (94)
Tuesday May 15, 2012, 4:03 pm
"This report is like a planetary check-up and the results indicate we have a very sick planet. Ignoring this diagnosis will have major implications for humanity." And WHY aren't we discussing this issue?
 

Sue Matheson (69)
Tuesday May 15, 2012, 4:15 pm
thanks
 

Michela m. (3819)
Tuesday May 15, 2012, 5:23 pm

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Shelly Peterson (213)
Tuesday May 15, 2012, 9:56 pm
thankyou Cal & Michela!..sent to friends!!...THANKYOU!!!
 

Susanne R. (249)
Tuesday May 15, 2012, 10:49 pm
It's a very sad situation. The planet belongs to these creatures, too! Overpopulation is a difficult issue to deal with --but why are large corporations allowed to continue their pillaging at the expense of every living being?
 

John Gregoire (257)
Wednesday May 16, 2012, 5:18 am
Alarming and it is not much better in NA.
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday May 16, 2012, 6:13 am
unfortunately, most people donīt care about this alarming situation.
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday May 16, 2012, 6:26 am
extremely disturbing!
 

Terry V. (30)
Wednesday May 16, 2012, 6:55 am
Humans are inhumane and will self destruct
 

Wim Zunnebeld (144)
Wednesday May 16, 2012, 7:15 am
noted!
 

JL A. (272)
Wednesday May 16, 2012, 10:56 am
Ghastly and scary!
 

Kerrie G. (135)
Wednesday May 16, 2012, 11:25 am
Noted, thanks.
 

Carmen S. (607)
Wednesday May 16, 2012, 12:08 pm
thanks Cal, this is very sad and scary news
 

Jason S. (57)
Wednesday May 16, 2012, 12:44 pm
Sad what we are doing to our world
 

Ann Breeden (65)
Wednesday May 16, 2012, 1:07 pm
Noted with sadness.
 

Lin Penrose (92)
Wednesday May 16, 2012, 1:24 pm
Thanks Cal. As I've been commenting for years, we humans are consuming this planet with Big bites. Insatiable sex and food, reproduction way beyond any logic, and very strange appetites for poisons.
 

Stephen Wilson (1)
Wednesday May 16, 2012, 1:26 pm
We haven't changed. We as a society will not allow real change because it will cause us to give up convenience
 

Judy Apelis (0)
Wednesday May 16, 2012, 1:34 pm
Really can't take it anymore.
 

kye j. (41)
Wednesday May 16, 2012, 2:50 pm
Most humans do not care less about animals and the environment.This is horrible.Very distressing
 

Roseann D. (178)
Wednesday May 16, 2012, 3:03 pm
That's why I can't invest on these companies thru 401Ks etc. Investing in them is investing in your own demise.
 

Dave C. (213)
Wednesday May 16, 2012, 3:07 pm
very very scary....
 

Nelson Baker (0)
Wednesday May 16, 2012, 3:50 pm
What a shame. Big corporations are greedy and don't care that they are destroying this planet and everything on it.
 

Eternal Gardener (704)
Wednesday May 16, 2012, 3:52 pm
We have to face it, the EXTINCTION CRISIS has started. Biodiversity is over the hill... it will be humans, humans, humans everywhere and lots of sickness and death...
 

Craig Zimmerman (86)
Wednesday May 16, 2012, 4:35 pm
I was just looking at a report that shows our current course is unsustainable. The earth can take a lot, but it too has limits.
 

aj E. (163)
Wednesday May 16, 2012, 4:40 pm
sad
 

janet f. (29)
Wednesday May 16, 2012, 4:53 pm
This is a f**king catastrophe. Do humans really think that the planet can survive with just humans and cattle? We are absolutely destroying this planet, one species at a time.

The best possible outcome would be for humans to go extinct. Animals and ecosystems can recover when humans are not in the equation. This makes me so angry.
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday May 16, 2012, 5:57 pm
Wildlife in the Tropics Plummets By Over 60 Percent

Hawaii Islands Named World's Largest Marine Sanctuary
James Owen
for National Geographic News
June 15, 2006

A scattered chain of Hawaiian islands today became the largest marine sanctuary in the world.

Surpassing Australia's Great Barrier Reef, the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (NWHI) will form part of a 140,000-square-mile (362,580-square-kilometer) protected area nearly the size of California.

The announcement was made today by U.S. President George W. Bush, who has designated the wildlife-rich islands and surrounding seas a national monument.

The move follows a long campaign by Hawaiians and conservation groups for federal protection of the NWHI, a 1,200-mile-long (1,930-kilometer-long) chain of islands, atolls, and coral reefs.

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2006/06/060615-bush-hawaiian.html
 

Monica D. (580)
Wednesday May 16, 2012, 7:11 pm
Noted with sadness. I think that we need changes to the economic system to allow wilderness and wildlife to survive, rather than endless indiscriminate economic growth consuming nature. I like the ideas of CASSE at http://steadystate.org for a more environmentally sustainable economic system.
 

Amanda Adams (201)
Wednesday May 16, 2012, 7:37 pm
Absolutely ridiculous and unnecessary!
 

John B. (215)
Wednesday May 16, 2012, 7:52 pm
Read and noted Cal. Shocking stats and what a tremendous loss of wildlife.
 

Ray M. (0)
Wednesday May 16, 2012, 8:35 pm
A sad day, indeed.
 

Gary C. (5)
Wednesday May 16, 2012, 9:13 pm
Noted , Thankyou....
 

Jana Repova (63)
Wednesday May 16, 2012, 11:55 pm
Noted. Thank you.
 

Kelly Rogers (302)
Thursday May 17, 2012, 1:32 am
The Republicons need to be sent this. So maybe it will help them to see the light of day and breathe fresh air. Or probably not nice thought though
 

Ruth S. (314)
Thursday May 17, 2012, 1:41 am
Very sad!
 

Kenneth L. (314)
Thursday May 17, 2012, 3:37 am
Business as usual simply ignores everything else non-human living on the planet. Humans can be so...human. After all who has a leopard walking through their back yard. If they don't experience it directly, it doesn't exist for them. Out of sight, out of mind. Needs every person being responsible for every living thing.
 

Alice C. (1797)
Thursday May 17, 2012, 4:17 am
Thanks Cal : (
 

Anna M. (18)
Thursday May 17, 2012, 5:54 am
Only when the last tree has died
and the last river has been poisoned
and the last fish has been caught
will we realize
we cannot eat money.

Cree Indian Expression
 

Wim Zunnebeld (144)
Thursday May 17, 2012, 6:30 am
noted!
 

Penelope P. (222)
Thursday May 17, 2012, 7:53 am
great
 

JL A. (272)
Thursday May 17, 2012, 12:25 pm
When you destroy their homes, like rainforests, you have chosen this ghastly consequence...
 

Kari Knabe (14)
Thursday May 17, 2012, 1:58 pm
Thanks for posting!
 

Rosie Lopez (73)
Thursday May 17, 2012, 2:21 pm
sad!! thnx cal
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday May 19, 2012, 8:24 pm
We are waiting too long to restore balance, and simply must eat organic veg'n foods to reduce the negative impacts by 60% to 80%. The human diet is the most immediate and effective decision for positive change that we all are responsible for making.
 
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