Green-agenda campaigners were alarmed over the past week by a report that extinction is “looming,” as the Associated Press described, for 1 million species, reports Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.
AP said the United Nations’ first comprehensive report on biodiversity concluded the species on land alone, half a million, “have insufficient habitat for long-term survival.”
They’ve only got “many decades” of time left.
However, the U.N. said, it’s not too late.
“We have reconfigured dramatically life on the planet,” warned report co-chairman Eduardo Brondizio of Indiana University.
“Humanity unwittingly is attempting to throttle the living planet and humanity’s own future,” said George Mason University biologist Thomas Lovejoy.
The figure for the species threatened, however, seemed high to Tony Young, associate editor of Britain’s The Spectator.
He argued that “the number of mammals to have become extinct in the past 500 years or so is around 1.4 percent and only one bird has met the same fate in Europe since 1852.”
“Not bad when you consider how much economic growth there’s been in the past 167 years.”
Young said such claims of imminent doom have become common.
“We’re used to hearing this from climate change campaigners, but I’ve always taken such claims with a pinch of salt, suspecting that the anti-capitalist left is distorting the evidence,” he said.
Do they really “face extinction in the next few decades?” he asked.