[Net-Gold] OVER CONSUMPTION : ENVIRONMENT: GLOBAL WARMING AND CLIMATE CHANGE : WILDLIFE : IMPACTS: Over-Consumption is More Deadly to Earth’s Wildlife than Climate Change

 

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OVER CONSUMPTION :

ENVIRONMENT:

GLOBAL WARMING AND CLIMATE CHANGE :

WILDLIFE :

IMPACTS:

Over-Consumption is More Deadly to Earth’s Wildlife than Climate Change

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Over-Consumption is More Deadly to Earth’s Wildlife than Climate Change

ALEXANDRU MICU

August 13, 2016

ZME Science

http://www.zmescience.com/ecology/resources-climate-59447/

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For better or worse, human society has developed into a force that can shape an entire planet. This is much better news for us, however  we have the know-how and means to make our lives longer, safer, and more comfortable than ever before  than it is for Earths non-human life.

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Climate change is the prime example of this: its a very real, and very dangerous phenomenon that is primarily driven by man-made activities. The associated sea-level rise would leave some 13 million Americans without a home, along with countless others around the world. The associated temperature increase will hurt our ability to work and our crops.

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In short, its gonna be really bad when it hits  and weve already getting a taste of whats to come. But even though climate change is going to have a very powerful impact on plants and wildlife world-wide, climate change has also become a sort of scape-goat, with a growing tendency for media reports about threats to biodiversity to focus on climate change, write the authors of a new study analyzing the impact each sector of our society has on life on Earth. According to their findings, the real culprits are staple human activities such as logging, hunting, or farming, which pose a far greater  and much more immediate  danger to Earths biodiversity.

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[Agriculture and rampant resource over-exploitation are] by far the biggest drivers of biodiversity decline, the authors write in a comment published Wednesday in the journal Nature.

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They found that over-exploitation, including logging, hunting, fishing and the gathering of plants is the biggest single killer of biodiversity, directly impacting 72 percent of the 8,688 species listed as threatened or near-threatened by the IUCN. Agricultural activity comes second, affecting 62 percent of those species, followed by urban development and pollution which threaten 35 and 22 percent respectively. Species such as the African cheetah and Asias hairy-noes otter are among the 5,407 species that find themselves threatened by agricultural practices, while illegal hunting impacts several populations such as the Sumatran rhino and African elephant.

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Climate change on the other hand comes in on a surprising, if somewhat unimpressive, 7th place in the 11 threats identified by the team. Even when you combine all its effects, it currently threatens just 19 percent of the species on the list, the team reports. Species such as the hooded seal, which the team reports has seen a population decline of 90% in the northeastern Atlantic Arctic over the past few decades as a result of declining ice cover, are part of the 1,688 species directly impacted by climate change. The survey doesnt specifically mention corals in the analysis.

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If we dont address them, were going to lose most of our biodiversity, no matter what we do about climate change, said co-author of the report and head of IUCNs science and knowledge unit Thomas Brooks.

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The complete article may be read at the URL above.

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Sincerely,
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