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Scientists say planet in midst of sixth mass extinction, Earth’s wildlife running out of places to live – 60 Minutes – CBS News

By Scott Pelley, January 1, 2023 / 7:29 PM / CBS News

See video at source… 60 Minutes – Newsmakers

In what year will the human population grow too large for the Earth to sustain?

Dana Wilson

The answer is about 1970, according to research by the World Wildlife Fund. In 1970, the planet’s 3 and a half billion people were sustainable. But on this New Year’s Day, the population is 8 billion.

Today, wild plants and animals are running out of places to live. The scientists you’re about to meet say the Earth is suffering a crisis of mass extinction on a scale unseen since the dinosaurs.

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We’re going to show you a possible solution, but first, have a look at how humanity is already suffering from the vanishing wild.
In Washington state, the Salish Sea helped feed the world.

Dana Wilson: With this weather and the way things feel once I get out here, it’s time to be fishing, that’s what it feels like.

Commercial fisherman Dana Wilson supported a family on the Salish Sea’s legendary wealth of salmon. He remembers propellers churning the water off blaine, washington and cranes straining for the state’s 200 million dollar annual catch.

Dana Wilson: That used to be a buying station, they’re gone now, they don’t buy anymore. So, that building over there used to buy salmon, they don’t buy salmon anymore, it’s just not here.

Source: Scientists say planet in midst of sixth mass extinction, Earth’s wildlife running out of places to live – 60 Minutes – CBS News

After 35 Years of Recovery Efforts, Bald Eagles Are No Longer Considered Endangered in Vermont | Smart News | Smithsonian Magazine

The state first listed the raptors as endangered in 1987

By Margaret Osborne, Contributor. February 16, 2022

Threats like hunting, habitat loss and the pesticide DDT contributed to the bald eagle’s decline. Todd Ryburn Photography via Getty Images

Bald eagles have been removed from Vermont’s list of threatened and endangered species after years of restoration work in the state, per the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department.

“The bald eagle’s de-listing is a milestone for Vermont,” says Wildlife Division Director Mark Scott in a statement. “This reflects more than a decade of dedicated work by Vermont Fish & Wildlife and partners.

It shows that Vermonters have the capacity to restore and protect the species and habitats that we cherish.”

Source: After 35 Years of Recovery Efforts, Bald Eagles Are No Longer Considered Endangered in Vermont | Smart News | Smithsonian Magazine

Best Places to Spot Wildlife in South Carolina | Travel + Leisure

Credit: SCPRT/Photo by Lee Wilson
Credit: SCPRT/Photo by Lee Wilson

By Sucheta Rawa, February 26, 2021

The state of South Carolina is home to a variety of landscapes, from steep mountains and salty marshes to cypress forests and sandy beaches. It has many species of birds, nocturnal mammals, and marine life.

Source: Best Places to Spot Wildlife in South Carolina | Travel + Leisure

For Gray Wolves, a Success Story Not Without Detractors – NYTimes.com

“Few mammals are as unloved as the wolf. Not that the feeling is universal. Some North American Indian tribes traditionally honored the predator as a worthy fellow hunter. Other societies have shown comparable reverence. How can anyone bear a grudge against the she-wolf that suckled Romulus and Remus, mythological founders of Rome? Without her, would we have had all that glorious architecture, those inspiring Michelangelo frescoes, Sophia Loren? Still, in popular culture and many a metaphor this animal is far from adored. There it is at the door in hard times, disguising itself in sheep’s clothing, tormenting the likes of Little Red Riding Hood and the Three Little Pigs.”

 

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