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Apes 'extinct in a generation'
    #4606615 - 09/01/05 01:23 AM (11 years, 3 months ago)

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/4202734.stm

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Apes 'extinct in a generation'
By Richard Black
BBC News website environment correspondent


Gorilla in Kahuzi-Biega National Park in DR Congo. Born Free Foundation
The great apes are our kin... but we have not treated them with the respect they deserve
Kofi Annan
Some of the great apes - chimps, gorillas, and orangutans - could be extinct within a human generation, an authoritative new assessment concludes.

Human settlement, logging, mining and disease mean that orangutans in parts of Indonesia may lose half of their habitat within five years.

There are now more than 20,000 humans on the planet for every chimpanzee.

The World Atlas of Great Apes and their Conservation is published by the UN's environment and biodiversity agencies.

It brings together data from many sources in an attempt to assess comprehensively the prospects for the remaining great apes; the gorillas, chimpanzees and bonobos of Africa, and the orangutans of south-east Asia.

Gloomy outlook


The great apes; status check

At-a-glance
The general conclusion is that the outlook is poor.

"All of the great apes are listed as either endangered or critically endangered," co-author Lera Miles from the World Conservation Monitoring Centre near Cambridge told the BBC News website.

"Critically endangered means that their numbers have decreased, or will decrease, by 80% within three generations."

One critically endangered species is the Sumatran orangutan, of which around 7,300 remain in the wild.

Most live in Aceh province at the northern tip of Sumatra, which saw armed conflict for decades between the Indonesian government and separatist rebels, and which suffered heavily during December's tsunami.

The ranges of the Sumatran and Bornean orangutan. Unep-WCMC

In mid-August, a peace deal was signed which may end the 29-year conflict.

"The irony is that just as things are getting better for the people of Aceh, they're getting worse for wildlife, with people collecting timber, dormant logging concessions being activated, and illegal logging as well," said Dr Miles.

"Projections show that in 50 years time, there could be as few as 250 left in the wild; but that's not a viable size for a population."

The other species of orangutan, in Borneo, is much better off, with around 45,000 animals remaining; though data gathered for this report by the United Nations Environment Programme (Unep) and its biodiversity agency the World Conservation Monitoring Centre (WCMC) suggests that numbers have declined 10-fold since the middle of the last century.

African falls

The mountain gorilla of the Democratic Republic of Congo, and the Cross River gorilla, found on the border between Nigeria and Cameroon, are also listed as critically endangered, with numbers estimated at 700 and 250 respectively.

The ranges of the African great apes. Unep-WCMC

For gorillas and chimpanzees, ebola fever is emerging as a significant threat.

Why ebola is now taking its toll of apes is not clear, but may be connected with forest clearance. One theory is that the as yet unidentified animal which harbours the virus lives on the edges of forests; logging creates more edges, and so enhances the transmission of ebola.

An expert group of researchers which convened in May has just released an action plan for conserving apes in western equatorial Africa.

"If we find ways to protect apes from the ebola virus, we also will protect humans," it concludes.

Market stall selling bushmeat. AFP/Getty
Bushmeat can be a significant source of protein in rural west Africa
But disease is not the only threat to the well-being of chimpanzees, their close relatives bonobos, and gorillas.

Bushmeat hunting and habitat removal by logging are also major issues.

The 1990s saw forest cover declining in all African countries where gorillas, chimpanzees and bonobos live.

Close to human

The World Atlas comes with a foreword by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, in which he argues forcibly for the preservation of apes.

"The great apes are our kin," he writes. "Like us, they are self-aware and have cultures, tools, politics, and medicines; they can learn to use sign language, and have conversations with people and with each other.

"Sadly, however, we have not treated them with the respect they deserve."


Clint the chimp. Yerkes National Primate Research Center

Clint proves a close cousin
His thesis on the close kinship of ape and man has been reinforced by the publication this week of the chimpanzee genome, demonstrating that humans and chimps share 99% of their active genetic material.

But stopping the decline of ape populations may not be easy, with human encroachment continuing, often under the pressure of poverty.

A key player is the Great Ape Survival Project (Grasp), launched under UN auspices in 2001, which aims to establish strategies for all regions of Africa and Asia which still have ape populations.

It holds its first council meeting next week in the Democratic Republic of Congo.




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Re: Apes 'extinct in a generation' [Re: Vvellum]
    #4606619 - 09/01/05 01:24 AM (11 years, 3 months ago)

too long... too drunk....


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Re: Apes 'extinct in a generation' [Re: AliceDee]
    #4606624 - 09/01/05 01:25 AM (11 years, 3 months ago)

:rolleyes:


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Re: Apes 'extinct in a generation' [Re: Vvellum]
    #4606646 - 09/01/05 01:29 AM (11 years, 3 months ago)

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bi0 said:
The great apes are our kin... but we have not treated them with the respect they deserve
Kofi Annan






Is that some subliminal racist message?


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Re: Apes 'extinct in a generation' [Re: MagicalMystery]
    #4606712 - 09/01/05 01:39 AM (11 years, 3 months ago)

your sig should never be longer than any more than 50% of
your posts.

not only is your sig longer than ALL your posts, it is about
5x as long.

how about a rotating list of quotes instead of forcing us
to deal with the 6 foot tall version?


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Re: Apes 'extinct in a generation' [Re: afoaf]
    #4606716 - 09/01/05 01:40 AM (11 years, 3 months ago)

Uh-oh...

I hear the waaaaaaaaambulance coming! :wink:


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Re: Apes 'extinct in a generation' [Re: MagicalMystery]
    #4606811 - 09/01/05 02:10 AM (11 years, 3 months ago)

I really like your signature. Do not listen to that man.

Back on the subject of the thread, apes will never completely go extinct. We'll keep some of them around.






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Re: Apes 'extinct in a generation' [Re: Vvellum]
    #4606815 - 09/01/05 02:12 AM (11 years, 3 months ago)

Its so sad to have watched this happen all these years, all the documentaries, articles, efforts, movies etc. that depict what is causing these things. We know why this is happening, and is there anything being done to stop this? or is it okay? and if this is okay, if its just a side effect of progress, when does it stop? how many more species will die, how much biodiversity will be lost? how much more of the world will be industrialized? Will we even be able to survive as a species if we keep altering our habitat this dramatically? Will we know, or will it just be too late? Or will we just down play it to ourselves until its too late?

This is seriously disturbing to me. Still, I kind of have this feeling like what can I really do to stop this, even though I would do anything I could, as I'm sure anyone would. I feel paralyzed in the worst way.


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Re: Apes 'extinct in a generation' [Re: mycogirl]
    #4606836 - 09/01/05 02:23 AM (11 years, 3 months ago)

it's so ironic that the smartest of the ape species is the cause of all of this


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Re: Apes 'extinct in a generation' [Re: danlennon3]
    #4606862 - 09/01/05 02:41 AM (11 years, 3 months ago)

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it's so ironic that the smartest of the ape species is the cause of all of this




Heh, yeah that about says it all. That's irony.







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Re: Apes 'extinct in a generation' [Re: Vvellum]
    #4607273 - 09/01/05 09:40 AM (11 years, 3 months ago)

This isn't just a problem with apes. The worst-case estimates are that we will lose 90% of all species on the Earth within the next 100 years. Even the best-case scenarios put this at around 50-60%. They've already named this extinction event (it started about 30,000 years ago...coincidentally right at the time Humans were beginning to exert themselves as a species) - it's called the "Holocene Extinction Event".


There was only one good part to the movie "The Day After Tomorrow". When one of the main characters was making his speech to the government, about how the entire northern hemisphere was going to be covered with ice in 6 days. When he's done the speech, one of the govt officials asks him:

Govt: "What do you suggest we do?"
Scientist: "Evacuate the entire northern half of the USA."
Govt: (laughs) "Ok, buddy...we'll leave the science to you...you leave the policy to us."
Scientist: "Um...yeah, we already did that. Look where it got us."

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Re: Apes 'extinct in a generation' [Re: trendal]
    #4607441 - 09/01/05 11:19 AM (11 years, 3 months ago)

90% of all species within 100 Years? I can believe that.

Look where we are going right now, way too many people on this planet to support all of us.

I just hope that in the future, We move to another planet or kill off a hell of a lot of people so we can all live.


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Re: Apes 'extinct in a generation' [Re: Vvellum]
    #4607450 - 09/01/05 11:23 AM (11 years, 3 months ago)

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I feel sick.


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Re: Apes 'extinct in a generation' [Re: Learyfan]
    #4607620 - 09/01/05 12:24 PM (11 years, 3 months ago)

there's a million poignant quotes in this world...

why not put them ALL in your sig?


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