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86% Of the Natural World is Uncharted

English nature broadcaster Sir David Attenborough was given a new dragonfly species from Madagascar for his 90th birthday. I guess one of many unique benefits of having such an amazing career and life.  And one of the things Sir Attenborough does is bring to the world’s attention the plight of the planet and how humans have done massive damage to habitats that creatures big and small call home.

Of the 8.7 million species of animals, plants and fungi thought to live on Earth; we have only named 1.2 million: 86% of the natural world is uncharted. The habits and status of only 80,000 species are known well enough to assess human’s impact on them. Of those, 29% risk extinction.  This article by the World Economic Forum is thought provoking regarding what we know and what we don’t know about the creatures that inhabit our shared planet.

Comments by Mary Sue Rogers

Posted On : 16-07-16

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