Send a Tweet
Most Popular Choices
Share on Facebook 1 Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share on Reddit Tell A Friend Printer Friendly Page Save As Favorite View Favorites
Sci Tech

Base of Our Food Chain Largely Gone

By       Message Daniel Geery       (Page 1 of 1 pages)     Permalink    (# of views)   15 comments

Related Topic(s): , Add Tags
Add to My Group(s)

Must Read 6   Supported 2   Valuable 2  
View Ratings | Rate It

opednews.com Headlined to H4 10/30/18

Author 1198
Become a Fan
  (72 fans)
- Advertisement -

I have long been reading and learning about extinctions, "little ones" such as the Furbish lousewort, to the grander extinctions that have punctuated evolution on Earth--such as the one that led to the demise of the dinosaur and the rise of mammals and Homo sapiens (five or more of which the genus Homo kicked off some time ago, many of them being here far longer than our self-named "wise selves" so far).

The wipeouts of large animals around the planet by humans, including by Native Americans, are beautiful examples, and for a truly grand display, the wipeouts of Australian plants and animals, with the introduction of species from England, that the British couldn't live without. Need I even mention passenger pigeons and the dodo, or the birds used for women's hats in Grand Paris? The rats in Hawaii?

It is often and typically the little characters that matter most. As the counselor for my Wildlife Merit Badge inscribed on my brain, over half a century ago, "Even that little fly that's bothering you has a purpose here on earth."

Or consider the microscopic plankton that are 40% gone since 1950, thanks to us, even it is they who provide 40% of the oxygen we breathe.

- Advertisement -

Anyone who thinks about it and has been paying two bits of attention over the years has noticed the diminishing of insects around their environment. This video looks to me like a small yet literal sampling of the crumbling foundation beneath us.

 

- Advertisement -

Must Read 6   Supported 2   Valuable 2  
View Ratings | Rate It

opednews.com

In my run for U.S. Senate against Utah's Orrin Hatch, I posted many progressive ideas and principles that I internalized over the years. I'm leaving that site up indefinitely, since it describes what I believe most members of our species truly (more...)
 

Daniel Geery Social Media Pages: Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in       Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in       Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in       Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in

Go To Commenting
The views expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.
Writers Guidelines
Related Topic(s): , Add Tags
Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles
Support OpEdNews

OpEdNews depends upon can't survive without your help.

If you value this article and the work of OpEdNews, please either Donate or Purchase a premium membership.

STAY IN THE KNOW
If you've enjoyed this, sign up for our daily or weekly newsletter to get lots of great progressive content.
Daily Weekly     OpEdNews Newsletter
Name
Email
   (Opens new browser window)
 

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

CIA Agent Confesses On Deathbed: 'We Blew Up WTC7 On 9/11'...YourNewsWire.com

Why have kids?

The Foundation of Religion Fractured, shaky, and exposed

Military Coup Has Taken Over the U.S. A., Without a Single Shot Fired