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We're in the midst of the Earth's sixth mass extinction crisis. Harvard biologist E. O. Wilson estimates that 30,000 species per year (or three species per hour) are being driven to extinction. Compare this to the natural background rate of one extinction


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Cher C (1426)
Friday April 15, 2011, 7:07 am

Thnx hun!


Past Member (0)
Friday April 15, 2011, 7:18 am
Evolution is cruel?

Nancy sands (448)
Friday April 15, 2011, 8:29 am
Pay people not to have children and adopt and foster instead!Also pay people to adopt animals!

Esther Z (94)
Friday April 15, 2011, 8:35 am
Overpopulation is indeed the crux of society's many problems. Based on this, how can anyone be against birth control? How can anyone's religion still use the archaic belief of birht control as a sin?

wolfNoFwdsPls a (135)
Friday April 15, 2011, 10:25 am
> Evolution is cruel?
No. But " Heaven and earth are ruthless, and treat the myriad creatures as straw dogs(*) " -- TaoTeChing.V (D.C.Lau's transl.)
*) =~ 'puppets made of straw' [to be burned after use on one holy day]"
every minute human population is increasing by ~ 150.
there are more than twice as much births as deaths.

John Y (67)
Friday April 15, 2011, 11:05 am
Thanks Nancy.

Cindy C (125)
Friday April 15, 2011, 11:41 am
thank you for this

Jennifer T (101)
Friday April 15, 2011, 1:44 pm
I agree with Esther. Some of the world's largest religions discourage birth control, which is a shame.

Lindsey Williams (234)
Friday April 15, 2011, 2:02 pm
Wow that chart is scary...thanks for sharing this Nancy!

Mary T (178)
Friday April 15, 2011, 3:10 pm
Thanks Nancy, I have to agree with Esther.

Camilla Vaga (68)
Saturday April 16, 2011, 12:20 am
how come no one speaks of that the humanity is over populating and driving other species to extinction

Walter Firth (45)
Saturday April 16, 2011, 12:58 am
Noted thanks Nancy. .Biologists estimates and predictions are not always correct. many of the predictions Paul Erhlich in his book Population Bomb have not come to pass,however we must concede that both Wilson,s and Erhlich's warnings on overpopulation do pose a threat to society and to the world..As it stands now millions of people are undernourished and starving ,the result of overbreeding.and as we expand into the habitat of animals we pose a threat to them as they do to humans,The result they are culled .They have as much right to exist on this earth as do humans.Imagine a world full of warring humans and no other animals except those in zoos.What a bleak world.

Sharon Jacobs-salinas (33)
Saturday April 16, 2011, 1:16 am
Shameful and all too true! Knowing what humanity has done and continues to do to innocent, defenseless, voiceless animals makes me livid. What infuriates me even more is when 'man knowingly and deliberately' causes the extinction of any animal. If you are not aware of the extinction of an American icon that has been ongoing for a number of years; the pace of removal stepped up as well as the numbers of animals being removed just last is the American icon our 'government' [naturally] is killing off


cecily w (0)
Saturday April 16, 2011, 2:12 am
Great article! Each year there are 1.86 MILLION more U.S. human births than deaths. The U.S. population was 150 million in 1950, is 312 million today, and is projected to reach 423 million by 2050. Nevertheless, 28.3% of U.S. women (and their male partners) have more than two biological children.

This irresponsible reproduction adversely affects other species, environment, education, governance, jobs, social services, and more.

The good news is that human population growth can be stabilized, then gently reduced. Only 48.8% of U.S. births are female, so if all women (and their male partners) stopped at two or fewer children, we could make this happen by preventing pregnancies.

Karren Exley (49)
Saturday April 16, 2011, 10:02 am
everything would be much, much better off if the human race were to go extinct i would give my life for the well being of earth & her animals thats if we had to pick them or us

Sandra H (16)
Saturday April 16, 2011, 3:08 pm
Terrifying! We have only ourselves to blame

Cristina M (137)
Saturday April 16, 2011, 5:37 pm
Very very scary and a real tragedy.

Sharon Balloch (127)
Sunday April 17, 2011, 4:19 am
Calm down, calm down our governments know this ...that is why they are kiliing us off with GM foods .. and other assorted poisons..

Kathy Javens (104)
Sunday April 17, 2011, 8:19 am
Noted. It is wise for all U.S. citizens to read and really think about this. These are some scary stats. If they do read them, then maybe there will be more birth control used, more adoptions, and we as humans will care for each other a little better.

Irene Ling (23)
Sunday April 17, 2011, 6:20 pm
Human choose to kill other species as food and take their place in order to let themselves alive but not control the population....

Simon Pearson (95)
Monday April 18, 2011, 1:41 am
Thanks Nancy. Population is the "elephant in the room". No one addresses it seriously.
You would think that with a brain the size of a pea, that people could understand that population can not increase for ever and is already far too big.. In 1804 it is estimated that the population was one billion people .It took 120 years to reach 2 billion. Now, less than 100 years later there are near seven billion. Everyone will want a western standard of living.
So move over animals and inedible vegetation, mankind is in charge, lead by religions such the Catholic Church, Islam, Judaism and a few other isms.
Meanwhile in Australia the Government pays about $6000 for each baby born, plus ongoing support.

Indigenous populations, that have mostly been wiped out, lived in harmony with nature, sustainably. Our lot see nature as a resource and enemy and will pay the price. I am overwhelmingly filled with sadness for the demise and exploitation of animals, and the destruction of the Planet, but not for their pillagers, the human race.


Gabriela B (4)
Monday April 18, 2011, 7:52 am
Thank for the article.

Overpopulation? Extinction? I believe that one of the main reasons why we have this problem right now is the common belief that human being is "the king of the world", who can manage everything on the Earth, and doesn't really need to care for it. It's simply his. Like there's no other sense in human's life except living more and more comfortable. And it has its limits. Too bad we'll probably understand it too late.
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