Monday, April 16, 2012

New Working Description (in process) for the Current State of Native Habitat Destruction.

Responding to a article and myself on a post on climate progress I kinda framed a idea thats been in the back of my mind on the current widespread ecological situation:

 "Global Human Induced Ecological Collapse" – seems to describe the beginnings of the state we are seeing in some areas that includes: 

1. Unusually variable and intense climate stress (climate change, atmospheric alteration, acidification, unusual buildups/distributions of nutrients and toxins).

2. Rapid and unprecedented spread of invasive species.

3. Introduction of pathogens, enhanced genetic mixing/recombination of invasive and pathogenic species into a new area.

All this combining into a kind of worldwide destructive tidal wave, more sever in some places than others, describable as a event in itself and not previously elaborated by widely known narratives or events.

So in a sense, Ecological Collapse extended to native and "traditional" species of a region, concurrently occurring across the globe:

Ecological collapserefers to a situation where an ecosystem suffers a drastic, if not permanent, reduction in carrying capacity for all organisms, often resulting in mass extinction.” – wiki

Obviously in contemporary horticulture and agricultural production, but not in native habitats, we are also creating a artificial support scaffolding of pesticides, fertilizers, herbicides, genetic manipulation, and irrigation that is masking these effects.

So moving forward,

I like the way that works and will test/correct it truthfulness and accuracy. Interestingly it also in a sense describes the ecological collapses  of the various human populations we have seen (the middle ages) before the masking effects of modern medicine.

It also makes what I feel is a more cogent argument for a our responsibilities and posturing with respect interference and mitigating current threats to  regional natural habitats.

Whatever the terminology, I think the organisms that would fare the worst in such a situation would have the following attributes:

1. The largest/most complex
2. The most immobile/isolated occurring
3. The most specialized/lest versatile.

If so, I wonder if the opposite would be true for the organisms in this situation, that the situation would seem to then favor:

1. The smallest/simplest.
2. The most mobile/distributed.
3. The most versatile.

Which interestingly is also the opposite of what is thought of when considering evolution, in a way.

Some definitions and links using the terminology in more limited context:

ecosystem - : the complex of a community of organisms and its environment functioning as an ecological unit.

ecology -

1: a branch of science concerned with the interrelationship of organisms and their environments
2: the totality or pattern of relations between organisms and their environment

Trophic Downgrading of Planet Earth


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