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Saving Borneo’s Rainforests

Science, August 34, 2007 page10328: A letter titled –Another threat to Borneo’s Rainforests? – This letter like the article in referred too are shamefully missing the point. The author states, “This is timely and hopefully will lead toward improved conservation efforts and more sustainable land use in this beleaguered biodiversity hotspot.” What is truly amazing about this approach is the complete inability to face reality. Biodiversity is a myth and Conservation was a policy developed over 100 years ago to deal with a planet containing 2 billion people. Wake up, today we have over three times that many people on the planet.

Biodiversity is a corner stone of the environmental movement, however, there is no proof that biodiversity is important to the environment. Something without basis in scientific fact is called a Myth. The 4.5 billion years of Geologic history proves that biodiversity is unimportant. Life developed about 3.5 a billion years ago. For the next 3 billion years, the only life on the planet was microbial. Multiple celled life, did not develop until about 500 million years later. Thus for the first 3.5 billion years bio diversity was zero. The planet somehow survived 87.5% of its existence, without biodiversity.

Somewhere around 500 million years ago life began to diversify and multiple celled species appeared. Because these species were partially composed of sold material they left better geologic records, and the number of species and genera could be cataloged and counted. By any definition, the number of genera on the planet is an indication of the biodiversity of the planet. A plot of the number of genera on the planet over the last 550 million years is given on page 376 of the “Earth through Time.” a text written by Harold L Levin.

This plot shows presently that biodiversity on this planet is ten times greater than it was 500 million years ago. It also shows that at least ten times during the earths history biodiversity fell rapidly; none of these extreme reductions in biodiversity were caused by humans. Around 250 million years ago the number of genera was reduce 85 percent from about 1200 to around 200, by any definition a significant reduction in biodiversity. The plot also shows that after every extinction, a steep and rapid increase of biodiversity. Why is that? Do you suppose it had anything to do with the number of environmental niches available for exploitation? If you do, you are right. Extinctions are necessary for creation.

Presently biodiversity is at an all time high and has far exceeded even the 2500 genera level. If 4 billion years of history tells us anything, it is that biodiversity is not that important to life on the planet and we are over due for another major extinction. Conservation cannot help solve this problem. In fact the conservation policies of this country in the last 50 years has forced the exploitation of natural resources out of our country and into the third world countries because 6.6 billion humans required those resources to exist. If human life is to remain on this planet, we must face facts and control our population, other wise we will join the dinosaurs.


A Bialystock

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