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Thursday, May 22, 2008
Bird Populations Declining Worldwide
Bird Populations Declining Worldwide

Biodiversity Collapse - 75% Decline In Some Bird Populations

When the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), a body of the United Nations, reported this month that the worldwide bird populations were in a severe decline based upon scientific data taken over the last 25 years, it brought the message home to many that we are in the midst of a freefall in the survivability of the Planet and the world agenda must play a different tune than is currently at the top of the charts. In one instance, a study that was performed in Australia reported that for 36 migratory species of birds travelling along the East Asian - Australasian Flyway, the overall population decline had been a staggering 75%.

The decline in the biodiversity of birds is being used as clear indicator of the decline in biodiversity in general, and it is believed the situation is much worse in the world's oceans and seas. Raw pollution emitted by humanity is being linked to as the cause for the majority of the decline, because a poisonous environment is severely affecting the bird species' ability to breed and create healthy eggs.

Biodiversity is the original natural arrangement and quantity of plants, animals and microorganisms living together in an environmental region and ensuring each others survival. The key message that appears to be coming from the United Nation's data is that humanity is in a battle against time to start the restoration of the planet's habitats to support our very existence. Given the rapid decline, many are urging that humanity adopts a more rapid response to the protection and restoration of biodiversity than is currently the case, and that this has become a real emergency for all of us.

Achim Steiner, UN Under Secretary General and Executive Director UNEP, said this month that the bird's "dependence on healthy habitats and ecosystems makes them among the key indicators as to whether the international community is truly addressing the decline and erosion of the planet's nature based assets".

Scientists believe that conservation is the first step which means significant reductions in global pollution and an attitude towards the conservation of resources by all. The United Nations Environment Programme identifies global restoration of micro and macro biodiversity as being absolutely essential for our survival; and it must become a foundation for the world's economy. New technology and new ways of working are very important, but the key to our existence is restoring and supporting nature to its original condition.

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