I am hoping this is a place where we can talk about the health of planet earths environment. It could include discussion on soil loss, habitat loss, water quality, or even climate. But right now I mostly though I just want to rant about a particular article I just read which I fell is knowing presenting a misleading opinion. I ranted on the article comment, but I'm pretty sure the comment was deleted. It posted. So I'm calling shenanigans!
I cannot agree with the thrust of this article. While it is true that there are many species which are doing quite well as their range increases that's about where any truth in this article ends.
First off - The actual study titled "Biodiversity Change but Not Systematic Loss" in it's summary states;
"Although the rate of species extinction has increased markedly as a result of human activity across the biosphere, conservation
has focused on endangered species rather than on shifts in assemblages...In both marine and terrestrial habitats from the past 150 years,
find species turnover above expected but do not find evidence of systematic biodiversity loss. This result could be caused by homogenization of species
assemblages by invasive species, shifting distributions induced by climate change,and asynchronous change across the planet. All
of which indicates that it is time to review conservation priorities."
You can read that again:^ "Change is quicker than expected perhaps due to climate change, shifting distributions and invasive species" They are arguing that it is not a systemic collapse. Yet...
We are creating massive oxygen starved areas of the sea and the reefs have shrunk dramatically. Sure their are more anaerobic and methanogen bacteria, and jelly fish, a great new algae blooms.
This articles own example was the invasive insects taking over turf. just cuddly little acid biting ants either. What with all the Scratchy bedbugs and the eat all your crops grasshoppers and the decimate your orchards moths and molds. Guess we'll just spray more poison! The bees don't care right?
This website is sponsored by the BASF: "The Chemical Company", this is where you go for my* unbiased opinion about the effect of the modern industrial economy on the ecologic biosphere?
The rollover add on "global warming" is for BASF
What do you think? Does this article portray the facts of the study correctly? Do you agree or disagree with either the article or study? My views given above. Posted mostly to spite BASF. But what do you think is our environment changing? If so for the better or for the worse?
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