Tuesday, April 24, 2012

More than our Share

This morning I read a review of what sounds like a great book about animals that have survived ancient mass extinctions, like horse shoe crabs.

The author, Richard Fortey, a paleontologist but not necessarily an environmentalist, easily comes to the same conclusions, according to the New York Times Book Review of Horseshoe Crabs and Velvet Worms.

He laments the way humans continue to take more than our share on our way to destroying life-giving biodiversity in the oceans and on the land. 

“The extinction event that is happening right now is the first one in history that is the responsibility of a single species.  There’s no meteorite this time, no exceptional volcanic eruptions, no ‘Snowball Earth,’ just us, prospering at the expense of other species."

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