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1 Millions Species Are At Risk For Extinction — And It’s All Our Fault


Overfishing, climate change, and pollution are all on the list of causes

Nature is declining globally at a terrifying rate, with over one million species risking extinction, warns a new report. The culprit is, unsurprisingly, humans — and the impact could be more severe than anyone could have imagined.

A report issued by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), which was compiled by 145 expert authors from 50 countries over the past three years, (with input from another 310 contributing authors) is not mincing words: “The health of ecosystems on which we and all other species depend is deteriorating more rapidly than ever. We are eroding the very foundations of our economies, livelihoods, food security, health and quality of life worldwide,” said IPBES Chair, Sir Robert Watson.

This is the first report of its kind issued by the UN and talks in detail about the biodiversity crisis we are facing globally. More food, energy, and materials are being supplied to the world population but nature is the one suffering.

So, what are the main causes of the crisis? The report lists five drivers (in order of impact), including changes in land and sea use (overfishing), direct exploitation of organisms, climate change, pollution, and invasive alien species. With activities like farming, logging, poaching, fishing and mining happening to support our planet’s 7 billion+ population, our world is changing at a rate “unprecedented in human history.”

Reactions to the report have been understandably somber:

“Ecosystems, species, wild populations, local varieties and breeds of domesticated plants and animals are shrinking, deteriorating or vanishing. The essential, interconnected web of life on Earth is getting smaller and increasingly frayed,” said Prof. Settele, a co-author of the report. “This loss is a direct result of human activity and constitutes a direct threat to human well-being in all regions of the world.”

The report states that one million of the planet’s eight million species of plants and animals are at risk of going extinct in the near future. It’s unimaginable to think about not only that level of devastation, but the impacts each species has on others in our ecosystem.“While the planetary garden still exists,” Thomas Lovejoy of George Mason University said about the report, “it is in deep disrepair, frayed and fragmented almost beyond recognition.”

The pace of species loss “is already tens to hundreds of times higher than it has been, on average, over the last 10 million years,” according to the report. “More than 500,000 of the world’s estimated 5.9 million terrestrial species do not have adequate habitats for long term survival without habitat restoration.”

Though the report is ominous, there are changes we can be making to enact positive changes to our environment. “It’s is not too late to make a difference, but only if we start now at every level from local to global,” the report said. “Through ‘transformative change’, nature can still be conserved, restored and used sustainably — this is also key to meeting most other global goals.” Some of these changes include making water distribution more equitable, using ecosystem-based approaches to managing our world’s fisheries, and promoting nature-based solutions like increased access to urban services for low-income communities like access to green spaces.

Bottom line, we need to act now. “Human actions threaten more species with global extinction now than ever before,” the report concludes, with an estimate that “around 1 million species already face extinction, many within decades, unless action is taken.”

“The key to remember is, it’s not a terminal diagnosis,” co-author, Andrew Purvis said. But it only happens if we as a collective global community pull together and heed the warning we’ve been given.


33 Comments on "1 Millions Species Are At Risk For Extinction — And It’s All Our Fault"

  1. Davy on Tue, 7th May 2019 6:07 am 

    The positive of this article is too little too late but restoration should still be part of the agenda. Relinquishment is a much needed part of any footprint lowering agenda but this goes against sustainable development. Sadly sustainable development is anything but sustainable. What relinquishment means is stopping affluence in both the wealthy developed world and the poor 3rd world. Part of this braking on affluence would be disrupting global consumerism. There are trends in global consumption that are not sustainable and definitely not related to the efforts of conservation for a lower footprint. This braking of affluence needs to be in both the poor and wealthy parts of the world because this is the only way it will work. The latest trend is the 3rd world claiming they should be allowed to be rich too but this only ends any chance of lowering the impact of the destructive human footprint. One needs only see what China has done to the world by its build out of a high consumption middle class which is the equivalent of the US population. To make this work all sides rich and poor must cease and desist now. The situation is such that no side can downsize without pain. Just because the rich world is rich does not mean it has room to decline. The systematics of this mean no side can take much more pain because of rigid boundaries of change.

    If nothing else we need to stop growth. The problem with this is again the systematic side of growth that is now embedded in the system itself. It is not clear how much degrowth either voluntary of not the system can handle and still survive. This makes policy even more problematic if governments would even agree to cease and desist growth. What we see any more is the corrupted wealth transfer of sustainably development to the poor parts of the world. The reality is sustainable development is just exploitation though a late stage corrupt capitalism where the 3rd world sees only small gains for a few wealthy elite and a siphoning off of the rest to corporate entities. The poor remain poor and lately in a Chinese debt trap. It used to be American and European traps but now it is mostly Chinese.

    This then points to honesty that decline is inevitable and nothing can be done but deep adaptation. We can increase reliance in the face of decline by adapting both materially but even more with behavior. The key here to a manageable decline in the face of possible systematic bifurcation is behavior. This can’t only be material. In any case the likelihood of the corrupt global leadership making the right decisions is very low even once a serious crisis is upon us. It will likely be conflict instead. This then points to Real Green which take the approach of the individual pursuing personal Deep Adaptation. This is the only real force of change that can mitigate the decline ahead. Deep adaptation indicates a planetary awakening. If enough people that can change do change then real change will be registered. Even so this change will not be enough to matter. It will just lengthen out the terminal nature of the coming decline and eventual collapse.

    This is where honesty comes in with behavior. The top is not only unable to address change properly but the best minds are also in denial. Many are in denial of the basic science we can call them orange after Trump who personifies this denial. Yet, even our best scientist and academia are in denial with solutions. The extremist fake green left think renewables are the answer and this is delusional. The fake green left want their cake and eat it. They preach green and affluence. Renewables will help but they won’t save us. The real issue now is squarely with behavior. We have tech that can make things less bad but we do not have the behavior to properly employ tech. This is why those individuals who are awakened and can change should change. Not all awakened individuals can change. It is vital those who can change take the plunge. It is a plunge because it means a radical departure from the status quo. It can be done in a relative way according to one’s ability both materially and mentally. This is where Real Green comes in. Practice relative sacrifice. Do it locally and with relinquishment. This means avoid the best you can the corruption of the status quo drive to a fake and unhealthy affluence through consumerism.

    Part of this change is restoration of the environment but also the building of monasteries of knowledge and tech for the coming dark times. It is about lifeboats for those awakened. These lifeboats should be local. Forget about donating to global causes focus on your local. The key is for awakened individual to have tools and knowledge for locals to adapt once crisis sets in. This is also about hospices for the significant others of the awakened who will not make it. This is about ending the denial of death that the unawakened sidestep. Of course the success of this real green deep adaptation is dependent on the pace of this decline into collapse. This process may have a degree and duration that even the good behavior of Real Green can’t adapt to. In that case it is still heroic and meaningful to have tried. If there is a silver lining to a Real Green in a complete collapse it is the meaning that comes with honest effort.

  2. JuanP on Tue, 7th May 2019 6:47 am 


    Does “real green” allow for your gas-guzzling, CO2 emitting pick-up-truck?

    Does “real green” allow for children? Having a child has an impact that by many multiples outweighs being a “real green”, particularly US children. According to researchers at Oregon State University, your two children will generate a carbon legacy 40 times what is saved by living “real green”. In the United States, EACH child ultimately adds about 9,441 metric tons of carbon dioxide to the carbon legacy of an average parent – about 5.7 times the lifetime emissions for which, on average, a person is responsible.

    Does “real green” allow for a Lear jet?

    Stop waving your finger at others. You recommend to people that they avoid supporting international conservation organizations. Why? Because you are too greedy and selfish to do so.

  3. Davy on Tue, 7th May 2019 7:37 am 

    Geezus, juanpee is actually taking a stab at debating after a friggin year of destroying this forum with dirty selfish behavior!

    “Davy- Does “real green” allow for your gas-guzzling, CO2 emitting pick-up-truck?”
    It is called relative sacrifice juanpee. I have a pickup truck to transport animals and get supplies. I cannot run a permaculture operation without it. If I could I would. That is Real Green.

    Does “real green” allow for children? Having a child has an impact that by many multiples outweighs being a “real green”, particularly US children.
    Of course it does stupid. Naturally relinquishment points to smaller families. The key is teaching the children to be local and live with less. This is again is something to be done with relative sacrifice because of the way society is constructed. You do not want to penalize or negatively affect your children with extreme behavior so you do what you can do. Of course if you can then take them as far as you can. Real Green is a way of life but it does not have an ideology. It is an add-ons to your existing ideologies by including an effort at deep adaptation and planetary restoration.

    “According to researchers at Oregon State University, your two children will generate a carbon legacy 40 times what is saved by living “real green”. “
    You can find study after study to try to take down Real Green but you will each time miss the point. First it is not about pointing fingers in a binary way. Who are you Playboy Miami beach bum to point finger at anyone. You probably can’t have children and your vasectomy is an embarrassing excuse. You live the high life thinking because you don’t have children it allows you to live upper class without guilt. Real Green fits you too. Your organic gardening if that is even true// ( you are fucking liar) is a Real Green approach to living in one of the most unsustainable and destructive regions in the world (south Florida). Real green is about behavior and yours is the lowest there is. A finger pointing psychopath who only cares about himself and is proud of it describes you perfectly. Yet, with you I give a partial pass because you are mentally ill and have multiple personality disorders. A lot of that is genetics.

    “Does “real green” allow for a Lear jet?’
    What Lear Jet? I don’t have a Lear Jet dumbass. My family has a jet. That does not mean I do. There are jets and devices of all kinds around you. Your local is more unsustainable than mine even if I take a jet ride with the family which I rarely do anymore. I don’t even go to Europe except every 4 years to see my wife’s family. I have told my family I am cutting back on my foot print. They understand and that means me not telling them they are bad. My wife goes every years to Europe for a month. That is her business. Real Green is personal and existential. You would not understand that because you are angry and self-absorbed hypocrite. Relative sacrifice is the Key to Real Green. It allpys to all parts of the world and all types of people. It is about changing “your” behavior from finger pointing and instead trying to live better within your existential situation.

    “Stop waving your finger at others.
    The finger I waive are with about 4 or 5 extremist low lifers on this forum. You being on the top of the list

    “You recommend to people that they avoid supporting international conservation organizations.”
    Examples, dumbass?? I said focus on the local not the global.

    “Why? Because you are too greedy and selfish to do so.”
    Coming from you that means nothing. You are a stalking asshole who is only concerned with taking me down. I have put you in your place scumbag.

  4. Intellectual nematode Alert! on Tue, 7th May 2019 8:23 am 

    Davy on Tue, 7th May 2019 6:07 am
    Davy on Tue, 7th May 2019 7:37 am

  5. Davy on Tue, 7th May 2019 8:57 am 

    “I like to take jet rides on the family Gulf Stream”

    “This is again is something to be done with relative sacrifice because of the way society is constructed. You do not want to penalize or negatively affect your children with extreme behavior so you do what you can do.”

    “My wife goes every years to Europe for a month.”

    Wow, am I full of “real green” shit or what?

  6. JuanP on Tue, 7th May 2019 9:04 am 

    Davy triggered my so I posted this. What else can I do and can’t control myself. I am a obsessive stalker. HELP

    Davy on Tue, 7th May 2019 8:57 am

  7. JuanP on Tue, 7th May 2019 9:05 am 

    This is one of many of my socks

    Intellectual nematode Alert! on Tue, 7th May 2019 8:23 am

  8. Sissyfuss on Tue, 7th May 2019 9:17 am 

    Homo sapiens, with their big brains and rapacious souls, have been consistent in their progress to harness Nature and bend it to mans will. We continue on today, most noticeably in Trumps growth doctrine that perceives no limits to growth. We come smashing against the hard barriers of overpopulation, climate disruption, and resource scarcity causing the unevolved to cry and gnash teeth and the aware to do likewise. We cannot get off this train as a species but we will be thrown off it eventually because we refuse to pay the fare required, to live within our means.

  9. Harquebus on Tue, 7th May 2019 4:04 pm 

    What we have done to the natural world is nothing compared to what the natural world is about to do to us.

  10. Cloggie on Tue, 7th May 2019 4:54 pm 

    Dutch tourist board no longer promotes Holland as a tourist destination as the tourist overload is getting scary:

    What’s next? The tourist board issuing death threats?

  11. Davy on Tue, 7th May 2019 5:42 pm 

    “We just set a scary new CO2 record” faster than expected

    SNIP: Just the news you’ve been waiting for: The amount of carbon dioxide in our planet’s atmosphere has reached a new high. April’s average was 413.52 parts per million, a new record, according to a spokesperson at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. The last time there was this much CO2 in our atmosphere, there were trees growing at the South Pole. Humans weren’t yet a thing. In other words, we’re living in uncharted territory. Scientists predict that we could pass the 415 ppm threshold this month. Since the Industrial Revolution, the amount of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere has increased by more than 45 percent.

  12. Davy on Tue, 7th May 2019 5:46 pm 

    “IEA alarmed as new renewables capacity stalls” renewable energy world

    “Last year was the first time since 2001 that growth in renewable power capacity failed to increase year on year. Statistics from International Energy Agency (IEA) reveal that new net capacity from solar PV, wind, hydropower, bioenergy and other renewable sources increased by about 180 GW in 2018 – the same as 2017. And the IEA warns that the 180 GW figure is “only around 60 per cent of the net additions needed each year to meet long-term climate goals”.Solar PV’s growth flattened in 2018 IEA Executive Director Dr Fatih Birol said the figures were “deeply worrying, but smart and determined policies can get renewable capacity back on an upward trend”. He stressed that “the world cannot afford to press ‘pause’ on the expansion of renewables, and governments need to act quickly to correct this situation and enable a faster flow of new projects.” The IEA calculates that renewable capacity additions need to grow by over 300 GW on average each year between now and 2030 to reach the goals of the Paris Agreement. And the IEA also highlights that its analysis shows that “the world is not doing enough. Last year, energy-related CO2 emissions rose by 1.7 per cent to a historic high of 33 gigatonnes. Despite a growth of 7 per cent in renewables electricity generation, emissions from the power sector grew to record levels.”

  13. I AM THE MOB on Tue, 7th May 2019 6:29 pm 

    Stormy Daniels said they had sex..Donald Trump said they didn’t..

    Who are you going to trust?

    A fake blonde with big tits or Stormy Daniels?

  14. I AM THE MOB on Tue, 7th May 2019 7:30 pm 

    Global Economic Growth In Serious Trouble When U.S. Shale Oil Peaks & Declines

  15. I AM THE MOB on Tue, 7th May 2019 8:12 pm 

    Trump tax returns reveal over $1bn in losses and that he paid no income taxes for eight years, report says

    Trump lost more money than nearly any other taxpaying American in the mid-1980s to mid-1990s

    Between 1985 and 1994, the documents show, Mr Trump lost tens of millions of dollars a year, with total losses adding up to $1.17bn for the decade.

    According to The New York Times report on the taxes, Mr Trump’s losses mostly came from his business holdings in casinos, hotels, and retail apartment space in his buildings. And, the paper reports, the sheer amount of losses during that time show that he lost more money than almost any other American taxpayer during that time, according to a comparison of his taxes to an annual comparison of high income earners compiled by the Internal Revenue Service.

  16. Antius on Tue, 7th May 2019 10:34 pm 

    This thread has been ruined by a long link. Moving on….

  17. Cloggie on Tue, 7th May 2019 11:11 pm 

    “Swastika Flyers Dropped By Drone On Ariana Grande Concert,”

    Rest assured of my sympathy, mobby.

    Oh look, more US distress signals:

    Folks in Eurasia see these videos,
    and draw their conclusions:

    White America needs to be saved!

  18. Cloggie on Wed, 8th May 2019 12:46 am 

    Thread ruined by these two posts from the usual suspect:

    I AM THE MOB on Tue, 7th May 2019 6:34 pm
    I AM THE MOB on Tue, 7th May 2019 8:12 pm

    And mobby scored another point today:
    House of Windsor going global:

    “Will Baby Sussex get an American passport? Prince Harry and Meghan want their son to be a ‘global citizen'”

    I can’t escape the impression that our Harry is
    taking revenge for his commoner mother, who could well
    have been killed by MI6 in Paris.

  19. Cloggie on Wed, 8th May 2019 12:51 am

    “Labour and Tories face polls disaster as it’s confirmed Britain WILL take part in EU Elections: May’s deputy admits there is ‘not enough time’ to sort out Brexit before May 23 – with Farage miles ahead”

    Camoron destroyed the Tory party with his Brexit farce.

    Not a big loss btw.

    The Tories, historically Europe’s greatest anti-white fighting machine.

    “We’ll fight them on the beaches…”

  20. Cloggie on Wed, 8th May 2019 1:09 am 

    The DailyMail is worried to the core about British mainstream politics, currently in a tailspin:

    “When MPs lose the plot, Nigel’s filthy smirk blooms: HENRY DEEDES sees Farage readying his troops for a general election”

    Wow, that comes from the deep.

    Is Farage going to be Britain’s Macron and anti-Macron at the same time? Taking over the country in a clean sweep, while Lab & Con destroy each other over Brexit?


    This is deliberate, I’m sure. An attempt to reflect the public mood. I wonder also if his chums across the Atlantic in Trumpland have been giving him a few pointers.

    Farage is after the British political gold:

    Winning the European elections on May 23 is not going to be enough, he announced. Over the next few months, the Brexit Party will begin vetting candidates to fight the next general election.

    His mission, turn Britain into a full-blooded Anglo-country and return to the 500 years of traditional British anti-continental European policies.

    A pity for Nigel though that for the first time, Europe is united and now has its required enemy, it can use as a crystallization point to finally get serious about its lacking military wing.

    – The EU and UK hostility.
    – Rising continental European populism.
    – China and the US in the SCS.
    – New Silk Road in place.
    – Russian-Chinese alliance in place.
    – Tempting empty Australia.
    – America divided to the core over race.


    The prospects for white survival all of a sudden look much better now.

    But first WW3-CW2.

    Juncker-Putin-Xi probably already have an understanding between themselves, just like Roosevelt-Churchill-Stalin had an understanding per 1934.


  21. DerHundistLos on Wed, 8th May 2019 2:01 am 

    And yet, the global human population swells by 218.000 every 24 hours and 79.570.000 every 365 days.

    Government officials and the super wealthy like Gates and Buffett could care less. Gates’ charitable organization limits its billions in donations to organizations that benefit humanity.

    What accounts for their obvious lack of urgency?

    The answer is implementation of ALTERNATIVE III. A select few of us- sorry, we’re not included on the invitation list- have in place an escape plan. PHASE I is locating to secure Deep Underground Military Bases (DUMBS) that have been built and provisioned over the past 50 years. However, since the earth will be transformed into a dead planet, there is no future on terra firma thus implementation of PHASE II and the move into space.

    You ask, such an undertaking would require hundreds of billions of dollars. Correct. This massive multi-year expenditure would surely show up in government accounting documents. No, they would not. Some may recall Rumsfeld’s news conference, conveniently placed immediately before launch of the Iraq War, in which he declared trillions of dollars (yes, trillions) are missing and can’t be accounted for.

    Even if this lifeboat was offered to me, I would decline. Any person with even a modicum of a conscience would go mad contemplating that our species is nothing more than a Destroyer of Worlds.

  22. I AM THE MOB on Wed, 8th May 2019 6:51 am 

    How the War Between America and Iran Will Start

    The US is going to have its oil supplies taken care of for the next century..Unlike Europe and Asia which will collapse when the shortage hits..I hope we make them are slaves!


  23. DerHundistLos on Wed, 8th May 2019 8:03 am 

    For some reason, posts will go on way beyond a normal web page. I don’t know why this happens at times. Does anybody know a solution for Imac users?

    Thank you in advance for the help.

  24. majece majece on Wed, 8th May 2019 8:20 am 

    It will be useful for Internet users to check out. You can find info about VPN services here

  25. Dredd on Wed, 8th May 2019 9:19 am 

    That includes the seaport species (Seaports With Sea Level Change).

  26. Cloggie on Wed, 8th May 2019 11:39 am 


    “For some reason, posts will go on way beyond a normal web page. I don’t know why this happens at times. Does anybody know a solution for Imac users?

    Thank you in advance for the help”

    It has nothing to do with your iMac or browser, but the fact that this medieval forum software can’t handle long links, posted by low-IQ morons like mobster.

  27. Anonymouse on Wed, 8th May 2019 4:39 pm 

    Dont be so hard on I AM THE DAVYMOB cloggjude. This ‘forum’ can handle spamming OT Low-IQ morons like you and the exceptionalturd just fine, so it must be doing something right, no?

    Demented davys un-read word salads will now stretch on for days, not just vertically, but horizontally as well. And your endless Brexit spam and rest of the pointless nonsense you clutter our forum with? Still going to be here as well unfortunately.

  28. Davy on Wed, 8th May 2019 6:16 pm 

    annoy, man you are triggered. I think worse than a snowflake. I think you have gone full juanpee. You really need to get help for your obsessive stalking.

  29. makati1 on Wed, 8th May 2019 6:37 pm 

    I thought Trigger was Roy Roger’s horse? OH, that’s right! Davy lives in the land of delusions. LMAO!

  30. Davy on Wed, 8th May 2019 6:51 pm 

    Heeee Haaawwww!

  31. JuanP on Thu, 9th May 2019 2:34 am 

    JuanP posted this

    Davy on Wed, 8th May 2019 6:51 pm

  32. Davy on Thu, 9th May 2019 5:40 am 

    I posted this

    Davy on Wed, 8th May 2019 6:51 pm

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