News Stories relating to "extinction"
Friday, June 6, 2014
The humble honey bee, so small and insignificant. Yet could the possible extinction of this tiny creature have a severe and profound impact on our future?
Bee populations have been slowly dwindling for decades, threatened by a variety of different environmental adversaries, yet little is being done to recognise the profound impact...
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Easter is historically a festival celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ after His crucifixion, when, on the third day after His death, He was alleged to have risen again and lived on. Some say that the festival itself predates Christianity and actually has its roots in the worship of Ishtar, the Babylonian goddess of love, war, fertility,...
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Extinction forms a natural part of the cycle of life. Around 50 million species currently exist on our planet but scientific research has indicated that, since life evolved on Earth, between 1 and 4 billion species could have blossomed into being only to die out and ultimately become extinct.
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
How to stop the illegal poaching that is killing off
some horned animals? Make it legal!
In the March 25th edition of the Guardian, Edna Molewa reports that South Africa's environmental affairs minister if backing a radical proposal to legalize the international trade...
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Scientists are trying to bring extinct species back from the dead. Will they recreate something dangerous?
In the March 19th edition of the New York Times, Gina Kolata quotes geneticist George Church as saying, "Maybe we can no longer delay death, but we can reverse it."
So far only one extinct species has...
Monday, March 11, 2013
African forest elephants are being poached out of existence. A new study with of largest dataset on forest elephants ever compiled reveals a loss of more than 60% in the past decade, due to slaughtering them for their ivory tusks. The decline is documented throughout forest elephant's range in Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic...
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
can still listen to this provocative interview). The Earth is still alive, despite having had at least two major extinctions in the past.
The most-studied mass extinction in Earth...
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Nearly one-tenth of hemisphere's mammals are unlikely to outrun climate change
A safe haven could be out of reach for 9% of the Western Hemisphere's mammals, and as much as 40% in certain regions, because the animals just won't move...
Monday, August 29, 2011
An immense, increasingly sophisticated illegal trade in wildlife parts conducted by organized crime, coupled with antiquated enforcement methods, are decimating the world's most beloved species including rhinos, tigers, and elephants on a scale never before seen. Much of the trade is driven by wealthy...
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
We're on the brink of the next great mass extinction
--in fact, we're right in the middle of it.. Past extinction events have wiped out 75% of the animal species on the Earth within a short period of time, and it's still going on, and many Chinese medicines are partly responsible for this...
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Whole "chunks of life" are lost in extinction events, all at the same time. If related species are threatened, you may be too (since primates are endangered, what does that say about humans?)
In BBC News, Victoria Gill quotes biologist Richard Grenyer as saying, "Big groups of organisms tend to be similar to one another. Look at the...
Monday, August 3, 2009
Scientists don't agree on how many mass extinction events in earth's history were triggered by a space rock crashing into the planet's surface. However, most do agree that an asteroid collision 65 million years ago (among other things) was what brought an end to the age of dinosaurs. The outer planets Saturn and Jupiter protect us from many of...
Friday, July 20, 2007
Biologists warn that global warming and the destruction of natural habitats will lead to significant declines and extinctions in the world?s 8,750 terrestrial bird species over the next century. In Scotland, they're already noticing the disappearance of seabirds. It's the middle of their breeding season, but the cliffs where there should be...
Monday, July 2, 2007
Many things can cause a species to disappear: including poaching (for food or medicine) and habitat destruction. It turns out that one of these things is NOT war.
Aerial surveys by the Wildlife Conservation Society confirm the existence of more than 1.2 million white-eared kob, tiang antelope and Mongalla gazelle in Southern Sudan, where...
Thursday, June 21, 2007
UPDATE - All over the earth, animal species are going extinct at an unprecedented rate. Orangutans were once known as the "old men of the jungle," because they behave so much like humans. Now they may disappear as well. But the very LATEST victim is the Chinese tiger which, like so many others, is being exploited for use in...
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
We've reported that, due to ivory poaching, elephants may be facing extinction. Now it's been discovered that rhinos are in major danger of extinction as well. Both species have body parts--ivory tusks in the case of elephants and a horn for the rhinoceros--that that are highly valued in traditional Chinese medicine.
Sunday, May 29, 2005
Are we next? - Genetically modified plants, such as Starlink corn, arealmost all produced by Monsanto. They are usually engineeredto be resistant to Monsanto's pesticide Roundup. This meansthat entire fields can be sprayed with Roundup and the weedswill die but the GM plants will survive. This sounds like agreat idea, except...
Sunday, April 3, 2005
The fossil records tell us that there have been severalmassive extinction events in the life of the Earth. We nowknow the reasons for some of them?for instance, thedinosaurs were wiped out by an asteroid that broke intopieces upon impact, producing dust which blocked the lightof the sun. Recently, a consistent 62 million yearextinction cycle...
Sunday, March 21, 2004
There have been five mass extinctions on the Earth in the past four billion years, and the last one 65 million years ago wiped out the dinosaurs. Biologists have long speculated that if humans become extinct, insects will become the next dominant species. Now they say we're about to have a sixth extinction, but it won't be the end of us?not yet...
Thursday, November 7, 2002
Almost half of all plant species are facing extinction. Earlier, the World Conservation Union thought only one in eight plant species would disappear, but now it looks like we'll lose half of them, and some researchers think we?ll lose even more. Most of the medicines used in the West were discovered in tropical forests, which are being cut...
Tuesday, July 23, 2002
Scientists think we may be in the middle of the sixth massextinction in the history of the Earth. A UN report warnsthat 1,183 (12%) of bird species and 1,130 (nearlyone-fourth) of all mammal species are threatened withextinction.
Mass extinctions have occurred five times so far in the fourbillion year history of life on Earth. These are...