Welcome to TheLostPaws
In this age of technology and globalization, it is easy to think about the progress and advancement of one particular
species: humans. In our modern society, what can sometimes be forgotten is that the human race is part of an even bigger
global community than our world’s 196 nations. Humans are just one of the millions of living species on Earth. Each has
its unique purpose and behavior that helps maintain the equilibrium of our planet’s multitude of ecosystems.
It is important to acknowledge the interconnectedness of other species as the extinction of organisms have implications
for those that remain. Perhaps one of the well-known examples of this is the consequences of the fast-declining population
of the honeybee population. The presence of harmful chemicals in the environment, destruction of habitat, and parasitic
invasion are some of the main causes cited for this alarming phenomena. Even though we may see bees as pests at times,
there are devastating consequences for humans if the honeybee population continues to plummet.
It is the honeybee that is responsible for the pollination of many of the world’s fruits and vegetables. Their important
role in our agriculture makes their survival a concern for humans, for if honeybees were to go extinct human survival will
more than likely also hang in the balance. This connection between our species is what prompted the United States
Department of Agriculture and the Farm Service Agency to develop the Conservation Reserve Program to put honeybee habitat
conservation and honey bee health at the forefront of beekeepers and crop growers minds.
What Does Extinction Look Like?
It is clear that species are interdependent when it comes to survival. We are responsible for protecting species that are
in danger of becoming extinct in the same way that it is important for us to use and conserve the natural resources of
this planet in an appropriate manner.
So what causes species to go extinct? In general, an organism’s inability to adapt to changing conditions will limit its
ability to reproduce. As a consequence, each generation will be smaller and smaller and eventually lead to extinction. A
simple enough answer. However, climate change, changing sea levels, asteroids, acid rain, disease, invasive species, human
overpopulation, habitat fragmentation, pollution, global warming, and hunting and poaching lead to the same result.
While there are a handful of natural causes for species extinction, it is important to note how human behavior can
exacerbate the process, whether we are hunting for sport or emitting excessive greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere.
People expansion has contributed significantly to the increasing rates of species extinction. A report shows that current
extinction rates are close to 100 times more rapid than they were in the distant past, and predicts that at this rate, in
the future, extinction rates will be ten times greater than they are right now.