Now, I feel I must bear witness not only to the wonders I have seen, but to the devastation that has occurred in my lifetime – whole ecosystems destroyed, habitats swallowed up by farming and living space as populations grow, species all but wiped out. My testimony is a first-person narrative of how human growth […]
Using data from the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of threatened species and Birdlife (the bird authority for the IUCN), they identified at least 515 species that are on the brink of extinction, with fewer than a thousand individuals left.
About 3 million years ago, Earth entered an icehouse phase, driven by waxing and waning ice sheets in the Northern Hemisphere. Now, human greenhouse gas emissions are causing temperatures to rise to an extent not seen in tens of millions of years. This rise is well beyond the natural variations triggered by Earth’s changing orbit, […]
Despite once being relatively common, scientists say they have not been seen throughout their historic range since 2009 and are thought to have all but disappeared in the wild, although around 1,500 individuals are being kept in zoos and research centers around the world.
However, sharks have far more reason to be afraid of humans. We kill up to a million of them a year, often just cutting off their fins to make into soup and throwing the rest of the shark back into the water, where it starves or drowns.
Africa and the Asia Pacific region have also experienced large falls in the abundance of mammals, birds, fish, amphibians and reptiles, dropping 65% and 45% respectively. Europe and central Asia recorded a fall of 24%, while populations dropped 33% on average in North America. To form the Living Planet Index (LPI), akin to a stock […]
Vital species we can’t afford to lose 2. Ants We might consider them a pest at times, but ants are another common insect we should never take for granted. They can be found on every continent except Antarctica and fulfill a variety of roles, from circulating nutrients in the soil, to dispersing seeds and eating […]
“This new dinosaur gives us important information about African fauna during a time of evolutionary change,” said Judy Skog, a program director in the National Science Foundation’s Division of Earth Sciences, which funded the research, in a statement. “The discovery offers insights into paleogeography during the Cretaceous. It’s also timely information about an animal with […]
I always expected my art to cost more money than it made, and in this respect it’s never disappointed me. Art isn’t obliged to be responsible, or politically correct. Art isn’t marketing, and doesn’t result from committees or focus groups. Art is personal. The best art faithfully represents the inner world of the artist. I’m […]
7. Mass Extinction on the Way? A new study finds that Earth is facing a sixth mass extinction that human beings are responsible for. The worst mass extinction in the planet’s history happened 250 million years ago and killed off 96 percent of marine species and 70 percent of land species. Now, we’re losing mammals species at […]