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If Half of All Species Go Extinct, Will One of Them Be Us?


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Carrie
- 109 days ago - nautil.us
How many animal species do you think go extinct every year? Last week I conducted a highly unscientific polling of around 20 of my Facebook and Google Chat contacts, asking that same question.



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Natasha Salgado (576)
Saturday August 30, 2014, 4:19 pm
God i hope so. Humans are a cancer--the worst mistake to inhabit earth to date. We destroy-pollute+kill everything just cos we feel like it+can...and the worst thing introduced by man without a doubt is religion-just look where religion has done to us.
 

Richard S. (204)
Saturday August 30, 2014, 4:35 pm
Frankly, the planet would be better off if it were left to the animals. Humans are about as unevolved as a species could be. Let's hear it for non-human primates, wolves, prairie dogs and the like.
 

Kamia T. (82)
Saturday August 30, 2014, 4:48 pm
A certain large segment of human society is inevitably going to disappear, simply because a tipping point is coming where there won't be enough food; enough medications to treat disease outbreaks; enough water, etc. Whether it will result in the entire species being wiped out is yet to be seen.
 

el L. (14)
Saturday August 30, 2014, 5:13 pm
> If Half of All Species Go Extinct, Will One of Them Be Us?
1) the sooner homo neuroticus omniparricidalis goes extinct, the better for the rest of Eaaaarth('s living communities)
2) chances that a few individuals of homo 'sapiens' insolens may survive are way higher than that this (machine-)cult(ure) "civilization" could last. I'd estimate the former at 50 (+/-40) %, the latter below 1 %.

 

Jim Phillips (3201)
Saturday August 30, 2014, 5:44 pm
Humans are causing the sixth mass extinction event right now. "That means we are living in the midst of the planet’s 6th mass extinction event."

“Of a conservatively estimated 5 million to 9 million animal species on the planet, we are likely losing ~11,000 to 58,000 species annually.” In response to the removal of a single class of animal, an entire ecosystem will shift dramatically.

IMO, yes, Humans should become extinct in order that nature, Earth may enable itself to return to a natural balance.

Humans are not part of any natural balance on Earth.

ty, Carrie.
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Dave C. (227)
Saturday August 30, 2014, 6:30 pm
we could certainly face extinction.....absolutely.
 

Betsy Bee (1042)
Saturday August 30, 2014, 8:50 pm
If homo sapiens sapiens goes extinct, multitudes of other species may be saved. Bring it on.
 

Laurie H. (729)
Saturday August 30, 2014, 9:28 pm
Humanity truly has so much yet to learn!!!!! We could take many lessons from our precious animals, this I know to be true!!!~ Thank you so much Carrie!!!~
 

Farah Hage Ali (161)
Sunday August 31, 2014, 3:26 am
noted, Thank you for sharing
 

Arild Warud (169)
Sunday August 31, 2014, 3:28 am
I'm afraid we will,we messed with nature and we will not survive that.
 

Bob P. (424)
Sunday August 31, 2014, 5:05 am
Thank you Carrie
 

Gene Jacobson (255)
Sunday August 31, 2014, 9:50 am
Absolutely we will be. Climate change at its apex will usher in a new ice age, with the concentrations of co2 we have now in the atmosphere, it will be one like "snowball earth" of 640,000 years ago, ice a mile thick at the equator. No oxygen breathing species survives including homo sapiens. And why should we? We did the crime, we'll do the time.
 

Edwin M. (356)
Sunday August 31, 2014, 10:48 am
If we were one of the first the planet and the surviving species would benefit immensely.
 

Janet R. (34)
Sunday August 31, 2014, 1:00 pm
I love reading the comments here. We know we're bad even if individually, we are not, we know collectively that the human race is nasty and we can't or won't limit our reproduction. We rape the earth of its treasures and come up with any rational or irrational reason to kill other species. That wolf ate my marshmallow. I personally believe that humans have been delaying doing anything about global warming and I think it is too late. Not, that it's going to happen tomorrow but I think it will happen and we will be having more bad weather because we are weak and refuse to do what is right.
 

Roger Garin-michaud (113)
Sunday August 31, 2014, 1:21 pm
noted, thanks
 

Carrie B. (315)
Sunday August 31, 2014, 2:43 pm
Thank you all for some great and honest comments.
 

Judy C. (100)
Sunday August 31, 2014, 11:47 pm
At first, I was thinking that we should be extinguished for the sake of the rest of the biosphere. Perhaps as things become worse though, we may be able to change our ways enough to prevent a man-made self-extinction within the next century or two. On my more optimistic days, that's how I think.

The author sees a pretty good probability that we will be just one of the species that are headed for extinction. Here's another idea I have had. We humans act like an invasive, nonnative species here on this planet. We overrun everything, and wipe out native organisms. I don't know if we will be wiped out any time soon, because such species are amazingly persistent.

Looking at a bigger time scale, though, nothing at all is permanent! I just wish that for the sake of the near future and for our grandchildren, we would respect and care for the earth now. Thanks for posting this thought-provoking article, Carrie.
 

Gloria picchetti (300)
Tuesday September 2, 2014, 10:08 am
It's fine with me.
 

Phil P. (93)
Tuesday September 2, 2014, 6:13 pm
It's inevitable but it will happen gradually. However, there's a segment of human sapiens that I'd sincerely like to see go immediately, no waiting needed. With their departure it might give the remainder a little more time to fix a few things and who knows, it just might forestall the inevitable.
 

Henriette Matthijssen (148)
Friday September 5, 2014, 10:15 am
With all what is happening in the world, humans killing others & we cannot take care of each other we surely will be extinct! Unless humanity starts living life accordingly with nature & respect/protect all living beings! Thanks Carrie!
 

Darren Woolsey (108)
Saturday October 4, 2014, 12:24 am
We're our own virus, contagion and disease. Because the majority don't live symbiotically with planet earth, the earth and its other creatures suffer.
 
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