Sixth mass extinction of animals is around the corner

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017...ur-biological/

Scientists say there's around a 20-30 year window to prevent the sixth mass extinction of animals. Do you think humans will ever put money, greed and ignorance behind them to conserve the wildlife or do you think they will continue to remain ignorant and too stupid to realise how dangerous this actually is to the human race?
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Do you think humans will ever put money, greed and ignorance behind them to conserve the wildlife?

No. It wont happen. Its terrible. They're already doomed, if you look at the figures from 50, 100, 200, 500 years ago.

Some people feel very strongly about animal rights, and I can empathise completely, but the majority, seem to no give the slightest ****. They will quote things like, well 99.99% of all animals have gone extinct, so its normal. When of course it's us that are the problem.

China has influence over Africa now, and they could not care a jot about animal rights. Although they have the right idea about birth control.
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Biologists will be responding to this news with "meh" because it is not really news. We've known about it for a long time. Ecology papers published in last few years estimating species decline are shocking to read.

However we move away from the gluttonous capitalist society the West has created and other nations aspire to, we will do nothing to prevent or slow down the rate of extinction.
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No they won't.They won't care until it affects them.Which it will eventually because humans depend on their environment just like all other creatures.
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Like any organism, proliferation is exponential until the nutrient supply is exhausted. Then it's time for extinction and a new adapted species takes over.

Dino survived for so long because they reached a level of natural equilibrium with their environment until an external factor rubbed them out.

Humans are no different except we rely on ingenuity to engineer resources. It is an uncontrolled experiment which may collapse at any moment.

Hawking is right. To survive and buy ourselves time as a species, we must expand into the universe or learn to live within our means and finite resources. Yeah right.
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(Original post by 20320452)
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017...ur-biological/

Scientists say there's around a 20-30 year window to prevent the sixth mass extinction of animals. Do you think humans will ever put money, greed and ignorance behind them to conserve the wildlife or do you think they will continue to remain ignorant and too stupid to realise how dangerous this actually is to the human race?
As the article makes clear, the 6th mass extinction event is already well under way. Not only are we losing species at a prodigious rate, but the numbers of individual animals are plummeting - the earth has probably lost about two-thirds of the number of vertebrate animals that lived on it in 1970.

IMO there's little to no chance that we will do anything much to slow this. Although we do make some efforts at conservation from time to time, as soon as there is a conflict, short term profit making opportunities always trump (ahem) scientific and ecological concerns. In the UK, we are very good at telling other people that they should do more to conserve their wildlife, but we are as greedy and rapacious as anyone when it comes to the crunch.

Just to take two bits of UK news this month; the Gwent Levels Site of Special Scientific Interest is to have a motorway built through it - this is a "highly protected" conservation area where Cranes bred last year for the first time in over 400 years. But the new road is "needed" because the current M4 gets traffic congestion outside Newport at peak hours. In the Forest of Bowland, Natural England (the government agency responsible for wildlife conservation) gave permission for the mass shooting of a breeding colony of Lesser Black Backed Gulls by gamekeepers keen to preserve their commercial grouse shooting interests. This is took place in a designated Special Protection Area - designated for special protection precisely because the nesting colony is so important (it holds over 10% of the Western European population of this species).

So yeah, too greedy and too stupid is about right.
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If 3.5 billion of us, allow just 5 people to own the same amount of wealth as us, and we tax our income, and not their wealth, this should be a quick example of how much control we are all under.

How do we break the chains? is the actual question as I see it.

We've been through many ages, 'ice age' etc, we are now in the 'mass information age' and closely aligned with that should be the 'introduction of new ideas age' and probably the precursor to an age of massive upheavel.

At the moment though, we are just all becoming a lot more knowledgable about the shocking realities which have existed for far too long.

And, the worst thing, how little the average person can actually do about it.

We have the capablities to make the earth a paradise for all. Yet instead we are accepting a hellhole.
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In terms of species going extinct per year, we're already slap-bang in the middle of a mass-extinction.

It's just short-term thinking. Keeping the Earth fine until you die just isn't enough.
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