Friday, September 25, 2009

Forest Area Has 350 "New" Species

Only 25% of a forest remains, however, they found about 350 previously unknown species of life:
A flying frog, the world's smallest deer and the first new monkey to be found in over a century are among 350 new species discovered in the eastern Himalayas in the past decade, the WWF said Monday.

But the environmental group said the vital habitats of the mountain range were facing growing pressures from unsustainable development in the region, which spans Nepal, China, India, Bhutan and Myanmar.

In a report released here Monday, it said climate change, deforestation, overgrazing by domestic livestock and illegal poaching and wildlife trading threatened one of the biologically richest areas of the planet.

(Live Science). The other 75% of that forest was destroyed by human civilization in that region, so we may never know how many species became extinct there.

This violates Tenet Four and could endanger the long term prospects for survival of the human species.

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