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Extinction Crisis Escalates - Guest - 09-16-2007 09:59 AM

Quote:One in four mammals, one in eight birds, one third of all amphibians and 70% of the world’s assessed plants on the 2007 IUCN Red List are in jeopardy. ... 152659.htm

- Will - 09-16-2007 10:17 AM

While we are certainly messing up the natural environment, we should remember that the extinction of species isn't a problem in itself. When weak species die out, the strong survive. And if it's called the "IUCN Red List of Threatened Species", you would think that most of the species on it should be in jeopardy. It turns out that there is a "Least Concern" classification and that non-threatened species are examinebd, but based on the name, the goal of the list seems to be the identification of endangered species.

There should also be more endangered species than non-endangered species if one superior species is dominating over a few others.

- Guest - 09-16-2007 10:22 AM

We need biodiversity or ecosystems will fail. The problem is that so many things are going extinct that we are reducing biodiversity.

- whispers - 10-02-2007 03:11 PM

But these animals are dying out because of humans, and humans are above animals, intelligence-wise. It is not aiding in evolution. In fact, it is prohibiting evolution, because when a species dies out to quicky, they cannot keep up with how many are dying out. Remeber, evolution is supposed to happen over millions of years, not a few months.

- Ahab - 10-03-2007 12:07 PM

Well, what can you say? People are making a fucking waste of themselves.

I'm all for another agricultural revolution, only this time for life on earth other than us. Genetic engineering, if you ask me, could be essential to helping many of these animals who are suffering. If we're gonna use our technology and capitalism, and make a waste of it, we might as well at least return the favor to some extent by producing more life with the technology we do have. Norman Borlaug, I think he'd be doing something like this, but the man is 93 fucking years old.

- Suicidal-kun - 10-03-2007 12:15 PM

Its just sad what humans are doing to the world. Noo