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09 March 2010, 12:36 PM
Extinction of animals and plants is a global phenomenon
Palila, an endangered Hawaiian bird, perched on a Mamane tree.

It's hard to imagine that the earth is now experiencing a mass extinction like no other in human history.

Online news organization Mother Nature Network recently published an eye-opening graphic that maps out the top 20 countries with the most endangered species. Ecuador tops both the endangered animal and plant species lists, harboring 2,211 endangered animal species alone, while the U.S. comes in second with more than 1,000 endangered mammals, birds and reptiles.

The graphic also shows that 71 bird species in Hawaii have kicked the bucket since humans first set foot on the islands, and that the global tiger population has plummeted nearly 97 percent over the last century to a scant 3,200. Plants haven't fared much better, with more than 114 species gone in the last 500 years.

It's not a pretty picture, but as MNN points out, the fact that these countries have the greatest potential for disaster also means that they have the greatest potential for improvement. Check out Earthjustice's Wildlife and Places campaign to see how we're using laws like the Endangered Species Act to ensure that animal and plant species don't stay in the red for long.
 

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Let's just breed to seven billion and destroy the planet and its species. Humans will die off from their greed but earth will recover from human depradations in 2 billion years.. oh wait, that's the end of the sun's life.. sorry but earth won't recover. sesli siteler

Unfortunately, this is the bitter truth of humanity. The rock cycle of the earth will register human civilization as a layer of plastic, probably mostly composed of credit cards (as plastic is the only material which we have no idea of degradation). Overly concerning ourselves with documenting the dying off species (however noble the act) makes you feel great, but never will really affect their livelihoods. mnui.com lists some great reasons to protect life. Its hard to get beyond just attending the short term lives of these species, how can we have an effect for generations to come? Hardcore legislation is whats needed, laws put into place that give people a forum of accountability. Awareness is, of course, significant, but how do we insert this into political discussion (monetarily?).

Let's just breed to seven billion and destroy the planet and its species. Humans will die off from their greed but earth will recover from human depradations in 2 billion years.. oh wait, that's the end of the sun's life.. sorry but earth won't recover.

Hawaii is becoming a statistic. When we reach out for help, however, very few ngos can or do offer. Why is this?

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