Monday, May 08, 2006

Polar Bears Make The List -- And So Do Hippos!

It is not the kind of list that should make humans proud. In fact, we should be hanging our heads in shame.

What list is this? It's the
extinction list, which now includes polar bears and hippos.

This article is a must read for everyone. The article also discusses other mammals, fish and plant life that are on the edge, the critical list, or new entries such as the polar bear and hippopotamus.

But it's not all bad news. There have been some successes in restoration of certain species, although the list is definitely growing, and not shrinking.


At Mon. May 08, 09:08:00 a.m. MDT, Blogger Brian C said...

Wow, great article Aizlynne, in a way. 95% of the hippos lost in the Congo in a decade?!? Ouch.

One of the linked articles (biodiversity hotspots) stated "Twenty-five regions have been identified which together cover only 1.4% of the Earth's land surface but contain nearly half of all plant species and a third of all terrestrial vertebrate species." Somehow, these regions need to be specially protected but that will require funding in the end.

At Mon. May 08, 10:27:00 a.m. MDT, Blogger Justthinkin said...

Excellent article, Aiz. I just read yesterday where now almost ALL the amphibians (frogs, etc) are heading for endangered and/or extinct in 10 years, thanks to a deadly fungus. It's been around forever, but recently became lethal to frogs.
As an aside, maybe all them hippos are suffering from Telus overload?(joke)

At Mon. May 08, 05:53:00 p.m. MDT, Blogger ABFreedom said...

Sounds like species evolution and devolution is cyclical just like the climate with a certain number of exceptions.


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