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Half of Tropical Forest Parks Losing Biodiversity

Environment  (tags: animals, biodiversity, habitat loss, wildlife, protection, habitatdestruction, habitat, environment, destruction, conservation, humans, nature, green, government )

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Governments have set up protected areas, in part, to act as reservoirs for our Earth's stunning biodiversity; no where is this more true than in the world's tropical forests, which contain around half of our planet's species.

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Wednesday July 25, 2012, 8:08 pm

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Wednesday July 25, 2012, 8:44 pm
Replant all forests, get rid of cattle ranch/grazing lands and all other animal abuse industries, and the indigenous life will have a good chance to recover!

Elle B (84)
Thursday July 26, 2012, 9:56 am
Ty for posting Cal. Excellent information...disturbing matter. Agree wholeheartedly with Yvette's comment.

Without human interference Nature re-balances exceptionally's amazing to watch. Every truly wise person who ever lived gets this. . .what on earth is wrong with all the rest?!!!

From the six second growth evergreens in my yard and a large old Maple ...each year thousands of seeds in hundreds of cones drop, and dozens of seedlings spring up. . .that's just from SIX old Evergreens and a Maple!


"If one way be better than another, that you may be sure is Nature's way." ―Aristotle (384 BC – 322 BC)

"Nature is the art of God." ―Thomas Browne, Religio Medici, 1635

"The mind, in proportion as it is cut off from free communication with nature, with revelation, with God, with itself, loses its life, just as the body droops when debarred from the air and the cheering light from heaven." ―Willam Ellery Channing, [1780 – 1842]

"A nation that destroys it's soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people." —Franklin D. Roosevelt [1882 – 1945]

"[...] When people live far from scenes of the great Spirits making, it's easy for them to forget his laws."

"We saw the Great Spirit's work in almost everything: sun, moon, trees, wind and mountains. [...] I think we have a true belief in the supreme being, a stronger faith than that of most whites who have called us pagans....Indians living close to nature and nature's ruler are not living in darkness. " —Tatanga Mani, " Walking Buffalo" [1871-1967], Canada, 1st Nation Stoney [Nakoda or Nakhóta]

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SoundsLikePeace Man (30)
Friday July 27, 2012, 3:04 am
Quit buying so much stuff. Reuse don't buy when you can reuse. Quit buying and building such big houses. Support places like BuildingValue that salvage material. Use freecycle and thrift stores. Live simply. Become aware and DO NOT SUPPORT the World Bank or other things similar, they are out to profit at any cost to people, animals and environment. Run for office. Teach being responsible and speak up about what is wrong!
Peace to All.

Azaima A (207)
Friday July 27, 2012, 4:28 am

David C (131)
Friday July 27, 2012, 8:54 am
sad and scary.....

Christeen A (368)
Friday July 27, 2012, 1:02 pm
Please help save rainforests and the many animal species that live within.

Wim Zunnebeld (144)
Friday July 27, 2012, 1:35 pm
scary news

Wim Zunnebeld (144)
Friday July 27, 2012, 1:35 pm
scary news

Elizabeth M (65)
Friday July 27, 2012, 4:00 pm
Very in-depth article.It is known what should be done, it is the doing it that is the hard part. Noted with thanks Cal.

Gene J (290)
Friday July 27, 2012, 5:59 pm
"These reserves are like arks for biodiversity. But some of the arks are in danger of sinking," said lead author, William Laurance, from James Cook University and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, in a press release. "Even though they are our best hope to sustain tropical forests and their amazing biodiversity in perpetuity.”

You know what really pulls my chain about articles like this? The cowardice of the authors. It is like they, even as scientists, are afraid to offend the powerful, those who are destroying the rainforests that give us life at an unprecedented rate. Some? Some are in peril? NO. ALL are in peril. Our entire ecosystem is in deathly peril. Some implies it isn't all that bad and we can turn it around with a few shifts in policy. But we can't do that. Species that are gone, are gone forever. This is NOT Jurassic park. We can't just grab those chromosomes out of the amber and repopulate the parking lots. Earth is an INCREDIBLE example of biodiversity, there may be others out there, but none that we can touch or reach. What we lose here now, we lose forever. That we do not recognize nor understand this is inexplicable to me. Life is precious, fragile and once lost, forever lost. And we blithely saw our way through the rainforests that produce the very air we breathe as if it didn't matter. As if the species that inhabit it who are lost forever never mattered, had no role in producing that which sustains all life on Earth. Swept aside as if they were nothing. Well, news flash, they ARE something, in too many instances WERE something that sustained the fragile ecosystem that sustains us. We are such stupid creatures for an allegedly sentient one. It was said better than this, by one whose existence I do not doubt, whose humanity I do not doubt, "Father forgive them, for they know not what they do." How long can WE use that as an excuse? We know not what we do? Bulls**t, we know exactly what we do, we value money over people, profit over life, excess over our existence. "We" disgust me.

Mary Donnelly (47)
Friday July 27, 2012, 10:24 pm
Thanks Cal--so what are we going to do about it? Cease eating palm oil?

Dianne D (490)
Thursday August 2, 2012, 12:56 pm
Very sad. I think that is why we are having global warming, and all this drought, etc. God is trying to get our attention. He promised to destroy those that are destroying the earth.
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