Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Study Finds Mediterranean Sea Life is Disappearing

Fish such as the shark and bluefin tuna are disappearing from the Mediterranean, according to a study published by the International Union of Conservation of Nature.

This study gathered data on 519 species of Mediterranean fish and found that roughly ten percent of these species are under serious, immediate threat. Specifically endangered are sharks and batoids (rays and skates).

Over forty percent of the 76 species of sharks and batoids are endangered, according to the study.  These species are in immediate danger of extinction, which will seriously affect the marine food chain.

For more information on this new study, visit New Study Finds Mediterranean Sea Life Dwindling .

Friday, April 8, 2011

Environment 360 Blog Post on Extinction within the Ecosystem Recommendation

Sharon Levy wrote a very enlightened article called "As Larger Animals Decline, Forests Feel their Absence", explaining the link between each and every animal and plant within ecosystems and how when the biodiversity is affected by the extinction of one member, it affects every single plant and animal within the ecosystem.

Easily understood by the layperson and still referable by the environmental professional, this is an epistle well worth reading for all those concerned by the rapid extinction rate and the world's seeming lack of concern.

Within the negative explanations, however, there is a positive note; ecologists and scientists the world over are studying ways to reverse extinction in certain species, and results to date are promising, some of which are detailed in this blog article.

To read the full article, click on as_larger_animals_decline_forests_feel_their_absence

Please feel free to pass this link around .. it's well worth the sharing.