Animal extinctions due to global warming

When ignorance gets started it knows no bounds.
Will Rogers

After reading that there are thousands of species going extinct every year due to global warming, I thought that I would do a little research and find out exactly which species these were. Googled “Extinction & global warming”; got over 3,000,000 hits. That is where the problem began.

I always though that Google posted their results by either importance or number of recent hits, but I could not find a list of these now-extinct species in forty minutes of reading the most promising titles. There were some postings on amphibians in South America(1), but it included this sentence: “Disease is the bullet killing frogs, but climate change is pulling the trigger.”

The sole posting under the Google heading of “What animals are now extinct from Global Warming”(2) was a white opossum in Australia. That’s it; only one animal.

For “Animals extinct this century” there was a list of ten animals: 2 frogs and a toad that lived in a tiny habitats in South America. They were wiped out by a fungus called chytridiomycosis. A lame attempt tried to blame it on global warming, but the definitive article (4) says, “The pathogen infects over 350 species of amphibians and is found on all continents except Antarctica. However, the processes that have led to the global distribution of Bd and the occurrence of remain unclear.” Obviously a global temperature increase of .762 C within a century was the tipping point. I know it causes me to go wild.

Hunting, habitat change, disease from mosquitoes and invasion by other species (like feral hogs and rats) were the cause of extinction of four species of birds (three from Hawaii and one from Brazil).

Hunting, disease and habitat change did in the Pyrenean Ibex, a wild goat. Poaching killed off all the Black Rhinos. Fishing and pollution ended it for the Yangtze River Dolphin.

That is all the extinctions I could find covering the last twenty years. Did you notice the terrible toll caused by global warming?

So just where are the thousands of species that are dying off each year? These are assumed species that have never been found or cataloged (mostly in the rain forests which are being cut down by man – not global warming). Apparently an undiscovered species or two live(s) on every tree that man cuts down. What is worse, they speculated that one of those species that we never found, never cataloged and never studied probably is a cure for cancer. We know this because . . . well, we know this.

Of course, there can’t be any information on these undiscovered, endangered species; however, authorities state with certainly that thousands of species are being pushed toward extinction each year. Wow! Really? Assuming that eventually every species will die out when the sun goes supernova in a few billion years, that is a true statement; and by golly, it will be from global warming.

(1) http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/01/11/AR2006011102121.html
(2) http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_animals_are_now_extinct_from_Global_Warming
(3) http://dodosgone.blogspot.com/
(4) http://arjournals.annualreviews.org/doi/abs/10.1146/annurev.micro.091208.073435

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