Comments on: Call Hercules! Species under threat Global environmental challenges Wed, 16 Nov 2016 08:14:55 +0000 hourly 1 By: Alister Doyle Fri, 23 May 2008 07:19:43 +0000 i like the scepticism (journalists are paid to be sceptical too)…here is a link to the U.N.’s “Global Biodiversity Outlook 2″ published in March 2006 by the U.N. Convention on Biological Diversity. You can download the whole report for free. pdf

Page 10 says:
“The Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, completed in
2005 by more than 1360 scientists working in 95 countries, found that changes in biodiversity due to human activities were occurring more rapidly in the past 50 years than at any time in human history, and that the
direct causes (or drivers) of this loss are either remaining steady, showing no evidence of decline over time, or are increasing in intensity over time. In effect, we are currently responsible for the sixth major extinction event in the history of the Earth, and the greatest since the dinosaurs disappeared, 65 million years ago.”

You could also try the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment itself: ndex.aspx

By: AEGeneral Tue, 20 May 2008 14:56:39 +0000 “UN studies claiming that climate change, rising human populations and loss of habitats are causing the worst spate of extinctions since the dinosaurs were wiped out 65 million years ago.”

Pardon my skepticism, but this sounds a little far-fetched. I’d like to see a direct link to these claims and their methods for comparison.

By: J. Michael Morris Mon, 19 May 2008 19:11:23 +0000 Why is anyone assuming that these actions would help if implemented?