Norman Myers: Political Agenda

"British biologist/mad scientist Norman Myers, a perennial favorite for media cranks who need a source for some impressively dramatic number to toss around, claimed in 1979 that the planet was losing 40,000 species every year thanks to man's evil ways. Myers later admitted that he'd made a guess just 'to get the issue of extinction onto scientific and political agendas.'"

[According to a report published in 1992 by an international consortium of environmental and conservational organizations including the USDA, the Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Park Service and the Environmental Defense Fund, Earth is losing not 40,000 species per year, but about 2,300 species per decade.]

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