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  • Location: Camborne
  • Location: Camborne

    The global loss of species is even worse than previously thought, the London Zoological Society (ZSL) says in its new Living Planet Index.

     

    The report suggests populations have halved in 40 years, as new methodology gives more alarming results than in a report two years ago.

     

    The report says populations of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish have declined by an average of 52%.

    Populations of freshwater species have suffered an even worse fall of 76%.

     

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-29418983

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  • Location: Near Beverley, East Yorks. (2 metres a.s.l.)
  • Weather Preferences: Something good in all four seasons
  • Location: Near Beverley, East Yorks. (2 metres a.s.l.)

    How shocking and depressing that is to know.

     

    B.  :(

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  • Location: Derbyshire Peak District South Pennines Middleton & Smerrill Tops 305m (1001ft) asl.
  • Location: Derbyshire Peak District South Pennines Middleton & Smerrill Tops 305m (1001ft) asl.

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  • Location: N.Bedfordshire, E.Northamptonshire
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  • Location: N.Bedfordshire, E.Northamptonshire

    It is the new way they report the figures that has changed things, they now weight the figures by species and environment rather than the blanket summary they have used in the past.

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  • Location: North York Moors
  • Location: North York Moors

    That story really gets the haters and end-of-days doomsters going - in BBC comments.
    Definitely got a lot of WWF propaganda and spin going on to come up with those figures.
     


     

    even worse than previously thought

     

    Good catchphrase, has it been used much yet?

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  • Location: Near Newton Abbot or east Dartmoor, Devon
  • Location: Near Newton Abbot or east Dartmoor, Devon

    That story really gets the haters and end-of-days doomsters going - in BBC comments.

    Definitely got a lot of WWF propaganda and spin going on to come up with those figures.

     

    Good catchphrase, has it been used much yet?

     

    When we started farming here in 1960 (I was but a kid then) lapwings both visited in numbers and nested. We also heard turtle doves, had barn owls, hedgehogs, even the odd nightingale. All have gone. Have there been gains? Maybe more badgers and deer? Is the same your experience?

     

    As to the wider world. I don't doubt agricultural changes have had effect - drainage, intensive use of herbicides, pesticides and monoculture.. I also don't doubt over fishing is, well, over fishing. I don't see how such changes can be disputed. And in the future it's a pound to a penny that krill will be over fished, the very deep seas likewise - and with human population likely to stay high and get wealthier demand for food (and animal parts for quack medicines)  is unlikely to reduce.

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  • Location: Leeds/Bradford border, 185 metres above sea level, around 600 feet
  • Location: Leeds/Bradford border, 185 metres above sea level, around 600 feet

    Humans are the destroyers of worlds, just wait until we get into space.

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  • Location: Powys Mid Wales borders.
  • Location: Powys Mid Wales borders.

    Gadhimai Hindu festival: Over 5,000 buffaloes slaughtered in Nepal.

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/gadhimai-hindu-festival-over-5000-buffaloes-slaughtered-in-nepal-9891849.html

    Man has evil genes.

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