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Abdul Alhazred
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How many polar bears did YOU kill so far today?

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I am eating breakfast right now, and I am a climate criminal destroying The Planet TM.

Oatmeal cooked in my coal burning oven. Well really it's a microwave but where does the electricity come from?

I figure about two and a half polar bears. That includes one cute little baby bear.

Going shopping later -- in my car.

Any old time Eskimo would envy my prowess.

How about you? :)
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My girlfriend likes to leave the light on in the house when we leave.

To keep burglars away.

In Japan.

I don't fight her about this.

She also just bought a new car.

She thought we should buy it together.

I fought her about that.

Not because I care about the planet.

Because I'm cheap.

Or so she says.

But I didn't spend a single yen on that fucking car.

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Whenever I see a light on, I turn it out.

Whenever my wife sees a light off, she turns it on.

This dance is 30 years old.

I have not killed her over it.

I figure at least three polar bears have died because of the lights unnecessarily being left on.

I accept responsibility.

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I don't see any around me, so I must have killed them all.

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solely wrote:
Wed Nov 20, 2019 5:34 pm
I don't see any around me, so I must have killed them all.
Ding ding ding! :figamagee:
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It's always about the spectacular ones, bears, tigers, whales…

But in the background a lot of humble critters nobody knows about are biting the dust.

An example:
Wild bees and other insects are disappearing in the UK

Researchers have studied 700,000 records on insects from 1980 onwards and found that a third (or 33%) of 353 species, including wild bees and hoverflies, have declined across their ranges. Experts say that the levels of die-offs within several species of flying insects over the past decades raise the prospect that they may soon go extinct in England, Scotland and Wales.

Wild bees, which serve a vital role ecosystems as pollinators, have especially been hard-hit by the use of harmful insecticides known as neonicotinoids, which have recently been banned by the European Union. However, more than a tenth (11%) of species studied have seen their numbers increase since 1980, which means that certain insect pollinators are still abundant enough in the UK.

A third of insects surveyed are in decline, including upland bees, which inhabit alpine environments and moorlands, and solitary bees, which live in burrows in the ground. But not all insects are on their way out: populations of 22 species of Britain’s most important crop pollinators are in good health.

“The widespread common species, in very broad terms, are doing okay. The rarer species are doing less well,” says Nick Isaac, of the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) in Wallingford, Oxfordshire. “If you only care about wildlife and biodiversity, it’s bad news. If you only care about whether your crops are being pollinated, it’s okay.”
https://www.tiredearth.com/news/wild-be ... pearing-uk

So Abdul will still have his oatmeal. For now…

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As long as the mosquitoes of New Jersey are safe (for now).

Wouldn't want to lose those. It's their state bird. :)
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It happens to be the Eastern Goldfinch which I've never seen, therefore...

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Witness wrote:
Thu Nov 21, 2019 12:01 am
Wild bees and other insects are disappearing in the UK
https://www.tiredearth.com/news/wild-be ... pearing-uk
Car ‘splatometer’ tests reveal huge decline in number of insects

Research shows abundance at sites in Europe has plunged by up to 80% in two decades

Two scientific studies of the number of insects splattered by cars have revealed a huge decline in abundance at European sites in two decades.

The research adds to growing evidence of what some scientists have called an “insect apocalypse”, which is threatening a collapse in the natural world that sustains humans and all life on Earth. A third study shows plummeting numbers of aquatic insects in streams.

The survey of insects hitting car windscreens in rural Denmark used data collected every summer from 1997 to 2017 and found an 80% decline in abundance. It also found a parallel decline in the number of swallows and martins, birds that live on insects.

The second survey, in the UK county of Kent in 2019, examined splats in a grid placed over car registration plates, known as a “splatometer”. This revealed 50% fewer impacts than in 2004. The research included vintage cars up to 70 years old to see if their less aerodynamic shape meant they killed more bugs, but it found that modern cars actually hit slightly more insects.

“This difference we found is critically important, because it mirrors the patterns of decline which are being reported widely elsewhere, and insects are absolutely fundamental to food webs and the existence of life on Earth,” said Paul Tinsley-Marshall from Kent Wildlife Trust. “It’s pretty horrendous.”

...

Insect population collapses have been reported in Germany and Puerto Rico, and the first global scientific review, published in February 2019, said widespread declines threatened to cause a “catastrophic collapse of nature’s ecosystems”. Insects pollinate three-quarters of crops and another recent study showed widespread losses of such insects across Britain.

The causes of decline are the destruction of natural habitat, pesticides and the impacts of the climate crisis. Light pollution has also been cited as a key “bringer of insect apocalypse”.
https://www.theguardian.com/environment ... er-insects