Date: 9/25/19 5:21 pm From: Fred Kaluza <fkaluza...> Subject: Re: [birders] Decline of the North American avifauna - "3 billion birds" paper
“What can be done? I leave this to others.”? Humans are the number one threat to everything...even other humans. The only thing that will work is a total collapse of industrial and technological civilization combined with the removal of 99% of humanity. Perhaps that will get us back to a world in balance. It may even already be too late to repair things with those fixes. The only “Green Jobs” that make sense to me are walking around with a stick herding livestock or poking holes in the ground.
On Wed, Sep 25, 2019 at 1:05 PM -0400, "Larry Nooden" <ldnum...> wrote:
I would like to shift this discussion to underlying causes starting with the idea that once again birds serving as sensitive environmental indicators of problems that impact us directly and indirectly, for example the canaries that warned of toxic gases in coal mine tunnels and Bald Eagles showed the effects of bioaccumulation of endocrine-hormone mimics polluting our environment.
Yes, human populations may be the most important driver of bird decline through primary and secondary effects which are very diverse including habitat loss,
and yesterday's (Tues.) New York Times has a followup article:
Birds’ Top Danger? Humanshttps://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/17/science/hurricanes-birds-threat.html
The Crisis for Birds Is a Crisis for Us All
The mass disappearance of North American birds is a dire warning about the planet’s well-being. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/19/opinion/crisis-birds-north-america.html Solutions?
Unless solutions are addressed, this discussion is little more than rearranging the deck chairs on the sinking Titanic rather than trying to plug/contain the leak.
This brings us to root causes/solutions where I would emphasize the failures of our policy makers (politicians) to act in the interest of the Public (the 99% of us). To illustrate this, I will cite 2 examples of environmental policy that effect birds but impact us directly.
1. We have a political party that denies the extensive, long known science* on the impacts of fossil fuel consumption (CO2 release) on our world.
2. We have a president who not only does not care but makes up his own science, and then tries to punish scientists who correct him. The recent Hurricane Dorian forecast incident illustrates this all too clearly:https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/15/us/birmingham-national-weather-service-dorian.htmlhttps://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/09/climate/hurricane-dorian-trump-tweet.htmlIf uncorrected, this would have created a public safety hazard, but he still spent the next 2 days criticizing the hurricane forecasters rather than minding the weather crisis. To use another Titanic metaphor, this incident is only the "tip of an iceberg" of his leadership actions.
What can be done? I leave this to others
On Tue, Sep 24, 2019 at 12:52 AM Roger Kuhlman <rkuhlman...> wrote:
I am very sorry to point out the basic ecological truth concerning the present loss of biodiversity and climate change that it ecologically impossible to have 7.7 billion people in the World all consuming at average American consumption
levels let alone 10 to 11 billion in 2100. Expect much more species extinctions, biodiversity and natural habitat loss in the future.
I would also point out that I did not say that rich American White Men and Evil Greedy American corporations have no responsibility for North American bird loss only that they are not responsible for a majority or even most of it. Some
powerful political interests including many corporations in America want to spin it this way to advance their own political control and economic self-interests of building Big Federal Government-Corporation alliances. These are the people that are happy to
see fast population growth continue in America and the American population grow to 500 to 600 million by 2100 through Mass Immigration. I ask you if America is a mess environmentally today, how will having 500 to 600 million people in 2100 make it richer in
biodiversity and natural habitats. Clearly It Will Not.
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Subject: Re: [birders] Decline of the North American avifauna - "3 billion birds" paper
I don’t think you wonder about that at all. In fact, I don’t recall a single instance where you’ve even tangentially implicated corporate greed, illegal activity, or environmental attacks for a single bird death.
As for me, I blame these losses on any and all human enterprises. I’m not excusing Rich American White Men nor am I excusing Evil Greedy American Corporations, any more than I’m ignoring the attacks on female reproductive choices by the modern
neo-conservative movement, or prior generations’ slaughter of pigeons, auks, dodos, or moas. I blame these losses on large families and small families. I blame these extinctions on human endeavor both careless and thoughtless, as well as purposeful. We should
know better now, and yet there is a major American political party dedicated, almost single-mindedly at this point, to removing obstacles for corporations to plunder natural resources and accelerate extinctions. This party is largely serving at the behest
of Rich American White Men and Evil Greedy American Corporations.
Rich people have more power than poor people. Corporations have more power than individuals. If we are to slow this current decline of biodiversity it’s going to take major efforts to get rich people and corporations to be better environmental
leaders. If they won’t do it of their own accord, then they must be legislated into a corner that prevents them from acting against biodiversity.
On Sep 23, 2019, at 7:53 PM, Roger Kuhlman <rkuhlman...> wrote:
I wonder if the ecological problem of Human Overpopulation through its intrinsic mechanisms of Human Overconsumption of natural resources and severe developmental impacts on the biosphere has caused this rather drastic decline of North American
birds over the last 50 years? I rather doubt we can blame these losses on birdlife on a few very powerful Rich American White Men or Evil Greedy American Corporations.
Ann Arbor, Michigan
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Subject: [birders] Decline of the North American avifauna - "3 billion birds" paper
This summary of reports about bird loss shows a very wide distribution. It includes some analysis of the original paper. Checkout the list of sources included and the analysis of the work. Hopefully, a few "civilians" will pay attention.
> Original paper:
> Decline of the North American avifauna
> Science 20 September 2019 Vol 365, Issue 6459
> Kenneth V. Rosenberg, Adriaan M. Dokter, Peter J. Blancher, John R.
> Sauer, Adam C. Smith, Paul A. Smith, Jessica C. Stanton, Arvind Panjabi,