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The Extinction of Species. 10 Facts

The number of species is declining dramatically. Ongoing. Unstoppable as mankind is destroying the earth.

Mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, arthropods (insects and arachnids), fish, crustaceans, corals as well as plants have declined like never seen before in history. Mankind has had a negative impact on most living things and the earth.

 

Ten Facts you need to know

 

FACT #1

The normal rate of #species #extinction is 1-5 species per year. Now, scientists estimate that we are losing species at 1,000 to 10,000 times the normal rate! With literally DOZENS of species going into extinction EVERY SINGLE DAY.(1)

FACT #2

The destruction of habitats, overexploitation, and the climate change combined have resulted in the loss of more than the HALF of the world’s wild animal population in just the last 40 years.(2)

 

FACT #3

Our closest animal relatives, the Primates, are under threat. Around 60% of the know 504 #primate species are threatened with #extinction. And 75% of species have declining populations.(3)

 

FACT #4

More than 650,000 marine mammals across the globe are either accidentally caught or are seriously injured by fishing gear every year.(4)

 

FACT #5

The whales are in danger more than you might imagine! 65% of baleen whale species like humpback and blue, 75% of all toothed whale species like dolphins and porpoises, and 65% of pinniped species like sea lions all suffer from bycatch in fishing operations across the globe. (5)

 

FACT #6

According to a new study insect populations have decreased by more than 75% worldwide. And this just over the last 28 years. 80% of wild plants rely on insects and need them for pollination. 60% of all bird species rely on insects for food. And humans are next! (6)

 

FACT #7

More than 40% of the world’s bird species are in decline. One in Eight is threatened with global extinction. (7)

 

FACT #8

The population of lizards is vulnerable to climate change. A recent study has projected that if the current trend continues, 40% of all lizard populations will be extincted by 2080. This corresponds to a loss of 20% of all lizard species on earth by today. (8)

 

FACT #9

The loss of Habitat is important. The Bisons that once numbered in the millions and roamed from Mexico up to Alaska now occupy less than 1 % of their original territory. The existing habitat of the Bisons have become so small and tightly controlled that the surviving bisons have been compared to herded cattle. (9)

 

FACT #10

The bear on the State flag of California, the Grizzly,  has been extinct since the 1920s. And dozen species are following him each day. (10)

 

 

 

[1]http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/programs/biodiversity/elements_of_biodiversity/extinction_crisis/

[2]https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/sep/29/earth-lost-50-wildlife-in-40-years-wwf

[3]http://advances.sciencemag.org/content/3/1/e1600946.full

[4]https://www.nrdc.org/experts/zak-smith/weve-waited-long-enough-us-must-act-save-whales-and-dolphins-dying-foreign-fishing

[5]https://www.nrdc.org/experts/zak-smith/weve-waited-long-enough-us-must-act-save-whales-and-dolphins-dying-foreign-fishing

[6]https://www.cnn.com/2017/10/19/europe/insect-decline-germany/index.html

[7]https://e360.yale.edu/digest/forty-percent-of-the-worlds-bird-populations-are-in-decline-new-study-finds

[8]https://www.nature.com/news/2010/100513/full/news.2010.241.html

[9]http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/2815/0

[10]https://www.newscientist.com/article/2087103-united-states-of-extinction-threat-to-americas-iconic-animals/

 

 

 

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