Science: Massive Animal Deaths Happen All The Time, You Just Never Noticed Before


Sun, Jan 9th, 2011 15:06 by capnasty NEWS

According to Biologists, massive animal die-offs happen all the time. And they're almost always unrelated to each other. Most amusingly, nobody usually pays attention.

Federal records show [mass die-offs] happen on average every other day somewhere in North America. Usually, we don't notice them and don't try to link them to each other.

"They generally fly under the radar," said ornithologist John Wiens, chief scientist at the California research institution PRBO Conservation Science.

So what's different this time? The Internet, says Harvard biologist E.O. Wilson. With the Internet, smartphones and worldwide communications, people are noticing things and posting them online, which in turn only helps in giving a skewed view of what is happening in the environment. And no, the world isn't ending. Not yet, at least.



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