Saturday, October 25, 2014

The Earth’s Vertebrate Wildlife Population has Halved in 40 Years

And that doesn't even include members of congress (bada-BING!).

Actually, this story from The Independent makes me very ashamed of my own species:
The world’s wildlife population is less than half the size it was just four decades ago, with unsustainable human consumption and damage from climate change destroying valuable habitats at a faster rate than previously thought, a new report has warned.

The number of vertebrates, which make up the bulk of Earth’s visible animals, has dived by 52 per cent over the past 40 years. Biodiversity loss has now reached “critical levels”, the report warns.

But some populations of mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians have suffered much bigger losses, with fresh water species declining by 76 per cent since 1974, according to the Living Planet Report by the conservation campaign group WWF.
There's not really a whole lot I can add to this awful report other than to say you're either a person who actually gives a fuck about the problem or you're one that doesn't. And even if you reside squarely in the former camp, there isn't really fuck all you can do about any of it.

Reduce your carbon footprint as much as possible? Yes, absolutely. Just living below your financial means, which is a smart thing to do anyway if you are able, will help in that regard. But never believe it will add up to anything so much as a cure for what we human beings are doing to the natural world.

Bonus: "Come closer and see...see into the dark"


  1. Not even rapid human extinction would save the remaining wildlife. The 400-odd nuclear power plants humans have built would function as a "dead hand" to assure no significant life escapes the cataclysm. Not to worry, though. Humans were created in God's image and Heaven awaits them. Can't you just tell?

    1. Aye...the Nuke plants. Positive proof of mankind's collective madness.

    Only a moronic genius,
    would fight a losing battle,
    against the super ego,
    When giving in is so damn comforting,
    And so we go, on with our lives,
    We know the truth, but prefer lies,
    Lies are simple, simple is bliss
    why would anyone stick out their necks?
    Why go against tradition when you can
    admit defeat? Live in decline? Be the victims
    of our own design?
    Meet the decline.

  3. So there's half the wildlife the was 40 years ago. And today's headlines are "Ebola nurse thinks her civil rights were violated," "Jeb Bush presidential run," "School shooting in Washington state," "Ukrainian elections victory for pro-Western parties," and "European bank stress tests." Madness. Madness.

    People who give shit about thing like this are typically associated with what is called the American "left." And if you listen to what comes out of the so-called "left" what you hear is "Yeah, we love the planet and all, but, you know, it's really terrible what's going on in Ferguson, and did you know that women have that "glass ceiling" thing to deal with and can't become CEOs as easily as men?, And isn't it outrageous that the surplus population of Mexico and Central American can't just decide to relocate here and have flat screen TVs and SUVs and bag their groceries in plastic?

    If you can hear that half the planet's wildlife has disappeared in 40 years and still think that any of that shit matters, you are seriously fucked up and are living proof that the human species is a dead end.