In the journal Science biologists predict that in seventy years, in 2080, some forty percent of lizard populations will have died and twenty percent of lizard species will have gone extinct.
In Mexico, some ten percent of places where lizards flourished in 1975 no longer have any lizards.
Global warming, the scientists say, interferes with the lizards’ ability to breed, thus killing them off. Now. Today. Not in seventy years.
Oh, well. Hardly a concern of us dominant humans. After all, we run the planet. We’re the boss, the top dog, the alpha male, the king of the mountain. What’s a few lizards matter, eh?
Fewer lizards, more bugs.
More bugs, fewer crops.
More bugs, more disease.
More bugs, fewer humans.
Fewer lizards, fewer humans.
But really, it won’t matter much. After all, we’re in the process of killing everything else that makes life possible on the planet, including human life.
So screw the lizards. They’re only good for making handbags and shoes anyway.
Just for the record, The Lion notes that the new platform document of the Maine Republican Party, a document created by Tea Partiers, contains the following policy statement:
Defeat Cap and Trade, investigate collusion between government and industry in the global warming myth, and prosecute any illegal collusion.
Apparently there are no lizards in Maine, other than the reptiles in charge of the Republican Party.