Is the discovery of new species actually bad for the environment since many global warming opponents will say “who cares about extinction if we are always discovering new species”?



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    This is an interesting thought, but overall it’s probably better that we describe and learn about as many species as possible.  For one thing, newly discovered species of course exist long before we discover them – so the number of species awaiting discovery doesn’t diminish the fact that, once extinct, a species cannot be replaced.  Also, uncovering new species just sheds more and more light on what a biologically rich planet we live on, and the importance of preserving that biodiversity intact for future generations.  Finally, it’s important that we learn as much as possible about the other species that share this planet with us, because understanding them better will help us conserve them more effectively.  We can’t implement a conservation plan for species that we don’t even know about. 

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