Two-Thirds of All Wildlife Will Be Wiped Out by 2020

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Scientists say we are in the Holocene Extinction, the sixth mass extinction in the Earth’s history. Unlike the first five mass extinctions, this one is caused by human conduct. Specifically, capitalism.

As capitalism controls most of the world’s governments and economies, it is absurd to think that capitalist politicians can or will do anything to slow or reverse climate change.

To do so would mean funneling trillions of dollars into the Third World, ending animal agriculture, immediately stopping the extraction and use of fossil fuels, stopping virtually all manufacturing, plunging Western economies into chaos.

Markets and profits are far more important to capitalists and their political stooges than are any concerns about the environment.

Only by quickly, and violently, overthrowing capitalist governments does the human race have a chance to avoid extinction. All promises and rhetoric offered by politicians are meaningless, all are pandering for votes and support. None can be believed.

There is no political solution to climate change.

Stopping the Holocene Extinction will require revolution.

And that’s if we are lucky.

The following brilliant and haunting article is from Business Insider:

Two-thirds of the world’s wildlife is on track to get wiped out by 2020

The Guardian

  • Oct. 27, 2016, 8:34 AM

The number of wild animals living on Earth is set to fall by two-thirds by 2020, according to a new report, part of a mass extinction that is destroying the natural world upon which humanity depends.

The analysis, the most comprehensive to date, indicates that animal populations plummeted by 58% between 1970 and 2012, with losses on track to reach 67% by 2020. Researchers from WWF and the Zoological Society of London compiled the report from scientific data and found that the destruction of wild habitats, hunting and pollution were to blame.

The creatures being lost range from mountains to forests to rivers and the seas and include well-known endangered species such as elephants and gorillas and lesser known creatures such as vultures and salamanders.

The collapse of wildlife is, with climate change, the most striking sign of the Anthropocene, a proposed new geological era in which humans dominate the planet. “We are no longer a small world on a big planet. We are now a big world on a small planet, where we have reached a saturation point,” said Prof Johan Rockström, executive director of the Stockholm Resilience Centre, in a foreword for the report.

Marco Lambertini, director general of WWF, said: “The richness and diversity of life on Earth is fundamental to the complex life systems that underpin it. Life supports life itself and we are part of the same equation. Lose biodiversity and the natural world and the life support systems, as we know them today, will collapse.”

He said humanity was completely dependent on nature for clean air and water, food and materials, as well as inspiration and happiness.

Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) rangers stand guard in the rain near stacks of elephant tusks, part of an estimated 105 tonnes of confiscated ivory from smugglers and poachers, at Nairobi National Park near Nairobi, Kenya, April 30, 2016. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya Kenya Wildlife Service rangers stand guard in the rain near stacks of elephant tusks, part of an estimated 105 tonnes of confiscated ivory from smugglers and poachers, at Nairobi National Park near NairobiThomson Reuters

The report analyzed the changing abundance of more than 14,000 monitored populations of the 3,700 vertebrate species for which good data is available. This produced a measure akin to a stock market index that indicates the state of the world’s 64,000 animal species and is used by scientists to measure the progress of conservation efforts.

The biggest cause of tumbling animal numbers is the destruction of wild areas for farming and logging: the majority of the Earth’s land area has now been impacted by humans, with just 15% protected for nature. Poaching and exploitation for food is another major factor, due to unsustainable fishing and hunting: more than 300 mammal species are being eaten into extinction, according to recent research.

Pollution is also a significant problem with, for example, killer whales and dolphins in European seas being seriously harmed by long-lived industrial pollutants. Vultures in south-east Asia have been decimated over the last 20 years, dying after eating the carcasses of cattle dosed with an anti-inflammatory drug. Amphibians have suffered one of the greatest declines of all animals due to a fungal disease thought to be spread around the world by the trade in frogs and newts.

Rivers and lakes are the hardest hit habitats, with animals populations down by 81% since 1970, due to excessive water extraction, pollution and dams. All the pressures are magnified by global warming, which shifts the ranges in which animals are able to live, said WWF’s director of science, Mike Barrett.

WWF forest loss estimate.That’s a lot of forest we will lose.WWF’s LIVING FORESTS REPORT: SAVING FORESTS AT RISK

Some researchers have reservations about the report’s approach, which summarizes many different studies into a headline number. “It is broadly right, but the whole is less than the sum of the parts,” said Prof Stuart Pimm, at Duke University in the US, adding that looking at particular groups, such as birds, is more precise.

The report warns that losses of wildlife will impact on people and could even provoke conflicts: “Increased human pressure threatens the natural resources that humanity depends upon, increasing the risk of water and food insecurity and competition over natural resources.”

However, some species are starting to recover, suggesting swift action could tackle the crisis. Tiger numbers are thought to be increasing and the giant panda has recently been removedfrom the list of endangered species.

In Europe, protection of the habitat of the Eurasian lynx and controls on hunting have seen its population rise fivefold since the 1960s. A recent global wildlife summit also introduced new protection for pangolins, the world’s most trafficked mammals, and rosewoods, the most trafficked wild product of all.

Paul Hilton Wildlife Photographer of the Year Wildlife Photojournalist single image winnerAward-winning photo shows hundreds of defrosting pangolins.Paul Hilton / Wildlife Photographer of the Year

 

Read the rest of this article here: http://www.businessinsider.com/two-thirds-of-the-worlds-wildlife-will-have-been-wiped-out-by-2020-2016-10

 

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5 thoughts on “Two-Thirds of All Wildlife Will Be Wiped Out by 2020

  1. And respectfully and in all sincerity, Roland, do you think Donald Trump being in the White House would do anything except to intensify and accelerate this particular animal Holocaust?

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    • I do not believe that Trump or Clinton can or will do anything to slow climate change. The political will to do so does not exist in Congress, even if Jill Stein were president. The measures necessary to be implemented could only be done under a revolutionary government, as capitalist interests would have to be ignored and overridden.
      That said, if there is even a modicum of hope that a progressive movement could make a difference, such a movement would be the natural political reaction to a Trump presidency. The natural political reaction to a Clinton presidency will be one led by a far right demagogue like Cruz or Rubio.

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