Tuesday, August 23, 2011

SCIENTISTS ESTIMATE THERE ARE AS MANY AS 9.7 MILLION SPECIES ON EARTH RIGHT NOW

BBC:

The natural world contains about 8.7 million species [+/- ONE MILLION], according to a new estimate described by scientists as the most accurate ever.

But the vast majority have not been identified - and cataloguing them all could take more than 1,000 years.

... If this is correct, then only 14% of the world's species have yet been identified - and only 9% of those in the oceans.



... About 1.2 million species have been formally described, the vast majority from the land rather than the oceans.



... At current rates of discovery, completing the catalogue would take over 1,000 years - but new techniques such as DNA bar-coding could speed things up.
WE ARE DISCOVERING NEW SPECIES AND IDENTIFYING THEM FASTER THAN THEY GO EXTINCT.



( WE DISCOVER ABOUT 7500 EVERY YEAR, AND THAT MANY DO NOT GO EXTINCT!)



SO WHEN AN ECO-NUTSIE TELLS YOU THAT HUMANS ARE KILLING THE PLANET - AND BRINGS UP THE HUBRISTIC "ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT", YOU TELL THEM TO FLICK OFF.



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