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Old 09-02-2010, 12:20 AM   #1
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Default How Many Species of Life Become Extinct Every Day?

I stumbled upon the website Worldometers.com and it showed that 14736 species went extinct this year.

I've often heard facts and numbers being thrown around declaring that X number of species become extinct each year/day. I tried to come up with the reasoning behind the numbers being thrown around and I can't come up with how they determine this.

Here is the a quote that shows how confusing this is:

"According to various estimates by scientists, every day 35- 150
species of life become extinct. Most of these vanishing species are
(or were) inhabitants of tropical rain forests. A majority of them
are insects or plants, and most remain undiscovered by humans at the
time of their extinction
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The bold statement? If they are undiscovered than how can you know they are extinct???

I know endangered species is an important subject but throwing around statements declaring that so many undiscovered species have gone extinct seems to belittle the issue

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Old 09-02-2010, 12:29 AM   #2
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I stumbled upon the website Worldometers.com and it showed that 14736 species went extinct this year.

I've often heard facts and numbers being thrown around declaring that X number of species become extinct each year/day. I tried to come up with the reasoning behind the numbers being thrown around and I can't come up with how they determine this.

Here is the a quote that shows how confusing this is:

"According to various estimates by scientists, every day 35- 150
species of life become extinct. Most of these vanishing species are
(or were) inhabitants of tropical rain forests. A majority of them
are insects or plants, and most remain undiscovered by humans at the
time of their extinction
."

The bold statement? If they are undiscovered than how can you know they are extinct???

I know endangered species is an important subject but throwing around statements declaring that so many undiscovered species have gone extinct seems to belittle the issue
Some mathematical bollox, like "we find 30 species a year, 5% go extinct, there is x number of miles of rain forest so bla blah amount die every day."

Actually I think that was on my sats
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Old 09-02-2010, 02:02 AM   #3
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99.999% of every species that has ever walked this planet or swam in its oceans has become extinct, we will probably be the ones who spend the least amount of time here, get over it and make and do the very best with what we have because not many are going to do it for you, the sooner we start looking after our whole instead of the great expectations from our illusionary world at the touch of button the sooner we might get somewhere.
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Old 09-02-2010, 03:37 AM   #4
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the world may never know..haha!

joke aside. i think many of the insects/bees that
are dying are a direct result of GM (geneticaly modified)
plants & insecticides being used non of which is good for
human consumption nor the environment...but,..i am
no scientist.
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Old 09-02-2010, 11:12 AM   #5
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LZ0epRjfGLw

the world may never know..haha!

joke aside. i think many of the insects/bees that
are dying are a direct result of GM (geneticaly modified)
plants & insecticides being used non of which is good for
human consumption nor the environment...but,..i am
no scientist.
Mother nature speeks to us and works for us for nothing every day, if we do not listen to her in time, our world will not survive.


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Old 09-02-2010, 12:39 PM   #6
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Mother nature speeks to us and works for us for nothing every day, if we do not listen to her in time, our world will not survive.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mFXTEy13gIs
loving nature wont stop a death star.

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[QUOTE=farros;1058621918]loving nature wont stop a death star.[QUOTE]

Nope, but I reconn we will will be long gone before that happens, but there is still a glimmer of hope if we simply stop wasting all our energy that we might need to escape such an event.
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The bold statement? If they are undiscovered than how can you know they are extinct???
Extrapolation.

You take the rate you discover new species to estimate the total number of species. Subtract the number of currently known species from that number to get the number of unknown species. Divide the number of known species by the number of known extinct species, and then multiply that by the number of unknown species, and you have the number of unknown species that are extinct.
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