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Old 03-20-2006, 12:56 PM   #1
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UN: Humans Bad For Evolution

Humans spur worst extinction since dinosaurs

OSLO (Reuters) - Humans are responsible for the worst spate of extinctions since the dinosaurs and must make unprecedented extra efforts to reach a goal of slowing losses by 2010, a U.N. report said on Monday.
Must we guarantee the survival of the less-than-fittest?

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Re: UN: Humans Bad For Evolution

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Must we guarantee the survival of the less-than-fittest? [/B]

is the human footprint on the earth as disasterous as the asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs? as self-aware beings, is it not our responsibility to reduce our impact on the environment? does paving over vast swaths of wilderness, plummeting resources, heating up the globe, digging for oil, spilling oil, hunting species to the point of extinction, driving cars that get 6 miles to the gallon, all crucial elements of human "survival"?

or are we really just wanton and wasteful?

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We need to reduce our impact on the planet and the universe. It's clear to me that we're having one.
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This statement is wrong, there is always a background extinction and after mass extinctions the rate of speciation increases to fill the vacant ecological niches - if anything humans are good for evolution. Most of the species that get wiped out are insects with very specific ranges and niches, their biological significance may not be very much in the scheme of things.

The universe, getting a bit ahead of ourselves aren't we.
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