WWF UK announced the beginning of a competition today whilst also introducing us to some amazing, lesser known forms of wildlife with the use of some fantastic photographs. They’ve posted something about 1,000 new species that have been discovered in New Guinea and also stated that ‘Every year, about 15,000 species are discovered’ globally. The flip side to this amazing statement of biodiversity is the alarming rate at which species are falling over the brink of extinction. With 15,000 new species being discovered a year, you might think that losing a few along the way doesn’t matter so much, but these ‘new’ species aren’t replacing others that have just been ‘tipped’ over the edge. The amazing thing about our planet is that, doubtless you’ve heard this before, we still just don’t seem to know the half of it. These ‘new’ species are not ‘new’ per se, its just that we hadn’t found, categorised and named them yet. Meanwhile, species extinction rates have currently risen to an estimated 30,000 a year. Fossil records show that, during ‘normal’ periods (or, what is known as ‘background extinction’) the rate would have been 1 species every 4 years. Quite a shocking variant in statistics. Also, consider the species that are never even ‘discovered’ (that is to say, categorised, named etc…) but might get felled, bulldozed, destroyed without their beauty and worth ever being known to you or I. No doubt, Mass Species Extinction shall be mentioned again in many a post as, with all things, it interconnects with many other issues.
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