The headline says,
“One million New Plankton Species Found.”
Leader Dr Bowler said,
“It’s the first time that anyone’s done this expedition looking specifically for plankton life, and that’s why we found so many,”
How can this be? Don’t we know the number of species on the planet? We must know because alarmists claim they’re in dramatic decline. E.O.Wilson says species are going extinct at 3 per hour. He, nor anyone else can name one of these species. If you don’t know the total you only make inaccurate alarmists claims.
“Rapid environmental changes typically cause extinctions.”
“it is estimated that 99.9 percent of species that have existed on Earth are now extinct.”
Extinctions are normal? Is the current rate of extinction higher than normal? How did so many extinctions occur without the interlinked ecosystem collapsing? The truth is you can’t tell from the fossil record. It’s estimated you need 15 million in a species for it to show in the fossil record. Soft bodied species rarely survive, which is why the Burgess Shale discovery was important.
Extinction amplifies the fear factor through the argument that all animals and plants are interdependent. If one species disappears then the entire chain is in jeopardy. It’s an extension of the Great Chain of Being view first proposed by Aristotle and adopted by environmentalists. It underpinned the Western view that ordered everything from inanimate rocks through animate plants, animals, humans, to Angels, then God.
Wikipedia reflects alarmist thinking and explains why biodiversity is a suitable vehicle as an environmental scare when it says,
But then they say,
“Biodiversity is one measure of the health of ecosystems.”
Bowler says about the plankton,
“These planktonic organisms are the life support system of the planet. ”They are the base of the food chain … if there’s no plankton, there’s no fish in the oceans.”
The plankton discovery confirms this 2010 comment that ocean numbers are a bigger problem.
“Biologists worldwide may have to start re-evaluating their estimates of the number of species on Earth, since expeditions documenting the oceans’ tiniest species have revealed shocking diversity: in the tens of millions of species, at least, and according to one researcher “closer to a billion”.
It supports the recent discovery of 200 species in Papua, New Guinea. The lead scientist said, there are,
“large areas of New Guinea that are pretty much unexplored biologically.”
Biodiversity is a continuation of the religion and science battle that became focussed when Darwin published The Origin of the Species in 1859. It is not coincidence that Richard Dawkins’, The Selfish Gene or The God Delusion are on bestseller lists. Stephen Hawking’s latest book The Grand Design” claims,
“God was not needed to create the universe.”
It’s illogical for logical people to claim you can create something out of nothing. They ignore the problem of who produced the matter for the big bang? If you have no God there’s no material and no bang.
In Dawkin’s view Darwin virtually replaces God, but that creates a dilemma. Fundamental to Darwin’s views are the idea of survival of a species. As Herbert Spencer said,
“This survival of the fittest… is that which Mr. Darwin has called ‘natural selection, or the preservation of favoured races in the struggle for life’.”
It’s a paradox. Humans exist and are the most successful, but their success is not Darwinian, therefore unnatural. But we can’t have a God either.
An underlying theme of environmentalism is anti-humanity and anti-evolution. Accordingly, human progress is an unnatural aberration. Humans are exploiting and ravaging nature, essentially as a parasite that must be eliminated. Ron Arnold, Executive Vice-President of the Center for the Defense of Free Enterprise, said,
“Environmentalism intends to transform government, economy, and society in order to liberate nature from human exploitation.”
David Graber, a research biologist said,
“Human happiness, and certainly human fecundity, are not as important as a wild and healthy planet. I know social scientists who remind me that people are part of nature, but it isn’t true. Somewhere along the line – at about a billion years ago – we quit the contract and became a cancer. We have become a plague upon ourselves and upon the Earth.”
Is this were Prince Philip got his idea?
“In 1988, Britain’s Prince Philip expressed the wish that, should he be reincarnated, he would want to be a deadly virus that would reduce world population.”
So, as Prince Virus he would decide who lives and dies.
Many issues emerge from the anti-humanity view, all showing how humans are destroying, nature, the planet, and all its components. The ideas were combined with sustainable development at the 1994 world conference on population in Cairo. Here it is in ‘bureaucratese’ from Section 3.1,
“The Rio Declaration on Environment and Development and Agenda 21, adopted by the international community at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, call for patterns of development that reflect the new understanding of these and other intersectoral linkages.”
There is also general agreement that unsustainable consumption and production patterns are contributing to the unsustainable use of natural resources and environmental degradation as well as to the reinforcement of social inequities and of poverty with the above- mentioned consequences for demographic parameters.”
It’s a bizarre mix linking overpopulation with greedy behavior and resource exploitation to the solutions of reducing population, weakening economies and redistributing the wealth.
Biodiversity gained traction when the United Nations declared 2010 the International Year of Biodiversity. It is an ide al replacement for climate change; an emotional issue few people know much about and easily exploited for political gain.