Climate Change and the New Age of Extinction
May 13 - By Elizabeth Kolbert, The New Yorker
To keep nearly eight billion people fed, not to mention housed, clothed, and hooked on YouTube, humans have transformed most of the earth’s surface. Seventy-five per cent of the land is “significantly altered,” the I.P.B.E.S. noted in a summary of its report, which was released last week in Paris. In addition, “66 per cent of the ocean area is experiencing increasing cumulative impacts, and over 85 per cent of wetlands (area) has been lost.” Approximately half the world’s coral cover is gone. In the past ten years alone, at least seventy-five million acres of “primary or recovering forest” have been destroyed...
So far, it could be argued, the casualties haven’t slowed us down. The I.P.B.E.S. report cautions, however, against assuming that this pattern will continue. Nature, it succinctly observes, “is essential for human existence.” The report points to pollinators as one group of organisms that humans can’t readily do without. Ninety per cent of flowering plants and seventy-five per cent of all types of food crops rely on pollination by animals—birds, bats, and (mostly) insects. Cash crops including coffee, cocoa, and almonds are pollinator-dependent. In many regions, important pollinators, like native bees, are in decline. It’s not clear exactly why, but probably one of the major factors is an increasing reliance on synthetic pesticides, which don’t distinguish between insects that are useful and those that are unwanted. These chemicals are supposed to prevent crop failures; the danger is that they may end up causing them.
See full article at: THE NEW YORKER
Elizabeth Kolbert - 2009 - The Sixth Extinction?
Bill McKibben - (May 1) - Notes from a Remarkable Political Moment for Climate Change
Bill McKibben - (May 08) - The U.N. Report on Extinction vs. Mike Pompeo at the Arctic Council
Humans Have 30 Years To Stave Off Climate Catastrophe, 'Uninhabitable Earth' (I think this is part 1 of the great interview, so search site for part 2).
Often Overlooked, Declining Plant Biodiversity Sows Trouble For Humans
Widespread permafrost degradation seen in high Arctic terrain (or try http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/scienceblogrssfeed/~3/S63zlux1UUY/)
Better understanding of the effect of melting ice sheets: Experts weigh in
New method to predict the vulnerability of ecosystems
Could Air-Conditioning Fix Climate Change?
Humans causing shrinking of nature as larger animals die off
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"Science cannot solve the ultimate mystery of nature. And that is because, in the last analysis, we ourselves are a part of the mystery that we are trying to solve." - Max Planck - Physicist (1858 - 1947)