Print

Print


Thanks, Kamran.  The study of mammal roaming areas sounds important, all 
right, but I hope they took into account the fact that 
low-human-footprint areas and high-human-footprint areas are very unlike 
in other respect beside human footprint, so that their 2/3 reduction 
conclusion is not experimentally established in any simple way.

I am at least as concerned about human impact on insects, earthworms, 
and fungi as I am about mammals.  Our fellow feeling for our fellow 
mammals should not be allowed to give them an unrealistically large part 
of our view of the ecosystem.

Chandler



On 2018-01-28 6:04 PM, Kamran Nayeri wrote:
> Dear SftP folks:
>
> As I have written before, the world faces three anthropogenic 
> existential threats that in my humble opinion must be placed center 
> and forward in the SftP to educated, organize, and mobilize around not 
> only because they are the right issues to focus on in terms of saving 
> the world, but also because that is probably how the best new 
> generation of science and technology workers and students may 
> radicalize around.  These are climate change, the Sixth Extinction, 
> and the very real threat of nuclear war.  Among these, the Sixth 
> Extinction gets far less attention as it is largely seen as unknown 
> species dying off and never getting a front page article devoted to 
> them even though estimates of daily extinctions are quite alarming.
>
> The following article is from Science online about how human activity 
> has reduced the habitat for mammals by up-to two-thirds. Conservation 
> biologists place habitat destruction as the leading cause of the 
> ongoing species extinction.
>
>
>       Human Activity Slashes Mammal Stomping Grounds by Up to
>       Two-Third
>       <https://forhumanliberation.blogspot.com/2018/01/2810-human-activity-slashes-mammal.html>
>
>
> Warm regards,
>
> Kamran