Florida's Disappearing Plants, Animals in Man-made 'Anthropocene'
By MATTHEW F SMITH & JULIE GLENN
Scientists say the earth has entered a new geological
epoch, one defined by humanity's growing impact on the planet, climate, and
ecosystems. The proposed name for the
possible new epoch is the Anthropocene, and scientists say they're
concerned about what this "era of man" means for the plants and
or facing extinction during
these rapid changes in the natural world.
concern that's bringing scientists in Southwest Florida together for a
biodiversity conference at FGCU next week.
at 1 p.m., Dr. Edwin
Everham, FGCU professor and program leader of Environmental Studies,
explains concerns about biodiversity loss in Southwest Florida, various
restoration efforts in the region, and the economic and social impact of losing
joining the program will be Kara Lefevre, an assistant
professor of Environmental Sciences at FGCU, bringing her expertise
on biodiversity concerns about Florida's birds.
Cassani with the Calusa
Waterkeeper, who helped spearhead the biodiversity conference, joins
the show to discuss concerns about species and habitat loss along the
Caloosahatchee River up to Lake Okeechobee.