Tomato harvest with a hitch

Tomato harvest with a hitch

Harvesting from the garden is always fun but I can’t figure out what this tomato is because it doesn’t look like the type I planted. My indoor gardening channel:[…]

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The global extinction crisis is as bad – or worse – than previously believed, according to the World Conservation Union’s Red List of Threatened Species.
The report released on Thursday is the most comprehensive analysis of global conservation ever undertaken, auditing species around the globe.
Its findings are more alarming than expected – some 11-thousand plants and animals could be disappearing forever.
Since the last such assessment in 1996, the number of mammals identified as critically endangered increased from 169 to 180.
The number of critically endangered birds rose from 168 to 182.
According to the 2000 Red List, one in every four mammals and one in every eight birds is at risk of disappearing from our planet forever.
SOUNDBITE: (English)
“Critically endangered species are ones that are hanging on by the skin of their teeth. There are very, very few individuals left of a lot of these animals, and in some cases you’re looking at just dozens of individuals, in other cases, maybe hundreds, and at best, low thousands, so we’re talking about these creatures being in very, very critical situations, and really could go over the edge at any time.”
SUPER CAPTION: Russel Mittermeier, President, Conservation International
And scientists acknowledge that even a study of this magnitude only scratches the surface.
Earth is home to an estimated 14 million species, yet only one-point-seven five million have been documented.
Many may become extinct before they are even identified, much less assessed by scientists.
Primates appear to be at particularly high risk.
The number of critically endangered primates has increased by nearly 50 percent over the last four years.
SOUNDBITE: (English)
“Combining endangered and critically endangered primates, you’re looking at about one in every four species of primates being in some danger of extinction, either in the next few years or over the next couple of decades. And that’s really quite frightening, especially when you consider the importance of these animals and that they are our closest living relatives.”
SUPER CAPTION: Russel Mittermeier, President, Conservation International
Conservationists estimate that the current extinction rate is one thousand to ten thousand times higher than it should be under natural conditions.
The primary reason – humans.
Everything from expanding cities to deforestation, agriculture and fishing pose a significant threat to the planet’s biodiversity.
And scientists say, if we don’t change our ways, many of our most loved creatures will go the way of the flightless Dodo bird.
SOUNDBITE: (English)
“If somebody went and torched the Smithsonian or set fire to the Metropolitan in New York, or took the Mona Lisa and ran it through the office shredding machine, everybody would be horrified, and yet every day, every week, we’re losing ecosystems, we’re losing hundreds if not thousands of species around the world.”
SUPER CAPTION: Russel Mittermeier/President, Conservation International
The report finds the most pervasive threat to mammals, plants and birds is habitat loss and degradation.
Scientists believe the best way to protect some of these endangered creatures is to build new protected areas in regions facing grave danger, such as Indonesia, India, Brazil and China, where the largest number of species are at risk.
The report comes a week before the second World Conservation Congress in Amman, Jordan, where members of the World Conservation Union will meet to define global conservation policy for the next four years.

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