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322 chemical disasters in 2023 in the United States alone, of which only 8 were weather-related:

Quite the "hidden" cost of the petrochemical industry.

#EcosystemCollapse #BigOil

"Undiscovered bird extinctions obscure the true magnitude of human-driven extinction waves"
Cooke et al. 2023

Meanwhile my neighbor, a cat owner, tells me that domestic cats "only" kill birds that are ill or weak in some way, therefore helping out wild populations stay healthy. The stench of wishful thinking can be felt from across town, cf.:

"The impact of free-ranging domestic cats on wildlife of the United States", Loss et al. 2013

Don't be mislead by the statement: "Un-owned cats, as opposed to owned pets, cause the majority of this mortality", because "we define un-owned cats to include farm/barn cats, strays that are fed by humans but not granted access to habitations, cats in subsidized colonies and cats that are completely feral".


What needs to be done, clearly I am not biased, is to fund more studies in entomology, and to open and expand entire new undergraduate and graduate schools dedicated to invertebrates, with emphasis on insects.

Sadly, "Soon, we may not be estimating how many species there are on Earth. We will be estimating how many there were."

#EcosystemCollapse #biodiversity

After using software to simulate over 70,000 #ecosystem scenarios, the two professors and a postdoctoral researcher issued this warning in The Conversation:
#Ecological doom-loops: why #ecosystemcollapse may occur much sooner than expected – new research

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