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Is It Time We Start Saying the E Word? By Pakalolo

Science & Tech  (tags: extinction, the 6th mass extinction, earth, sea life, dinasaurs, co2, methane, ecosystems, environment )

- 1876 days ago -
There has been five mass extinctions in our planets history due to either asteroid impacts, climate change caused by volcanism and the shifting of tectonic plates. The sixth mass extinction is being fueled by you and me.


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Jordan G (37)
Monday June 2, 2014, 2:31 am
Sadly this level of severity may be our punishment ... for we have certainly committed the crime.

Gloria p (304)
Monday June 2, 2014, 4:13 am
We made our own bed so...

Ben O (129)
Monday June 2, 2014, 7:30 am
Extinction is forever - DAMMIT!

Ben O (129)
Monday June 2, 2014, 7:32 am
And, we can't say the "F-word"...: ~ [

Gene J (289)
Monday June 2, 2014, 10:36 am
"Our planet is a complex, dynamic system that we probably will never fully comprehend. The Earth system, like the human body, comprises diverse components that interact in complex ways. The Earth's atmosphere, lithosphere, hydrosphere, cryosphere, and biosphere is a single connected system."

Towards the end of all that, the end of all us, the real issue came bubbling up along with the methane that will end life on earth for us and virtually all of our co-inhabitants on this planet. It is not that we don't know what is coming. It is that the ONLY people who can effect the changes needed are in one of two categories. They are the wealthy who are growing wealthier by continuing business as usual and the larger problem group is the complete lack of world leadership on this issue, on reversing the effects we are already seeing. The people, such as whom pay attention to such matters know, but our world leadership is still dithering because the money men are still funding junk science and buying the influence they need to continue their wicked ways. We have no great statespeople trumpeting the coming end. Those who pretend the earth is but 6000 years old, scoff at science, those who know better but whose livelihood depends on business as usual, don't care what happens in a few generations, they won't be here to experience the death throes of life as we know it. If ever there were a thing that should unite the people of earth, it is this issue. Because if it doesn't, if we pass a couple more tipping points, it won't matter what we do, life as we know it will end. The earth will cleanse itself of our presence and eventually life will begin again, as I've said before, I hope the next sentient species to arise can read the fossil record and not repeat our mistakes. Because this is a special haven in the universe, it is a crying shame to see it die along with all the beauty and greatness that have made it so very special.

Sheryl G (359)
Monday June 2, 2014, 12:20 pm
“Extinction is the rule. Survival is the exception.” Carl Sagan

The other species didn't have any say or control over what happened. We did. How foolish of us.

Past Member (0)
Saturday June 7, 2014, 2:32 pm
Despite the article, this is as close to hopeful as I've been in years. Our chances of survival are slim, but I think we might have a glimmer of possibility that we just plain didn't have five years ago. Advancements in solar and next gen nuclear, such as Small Modular Reactors and Thorium based Molten Salt Reactors might provide our civilization with enough power to find solutions to our most pressing issues.

Past Member (0)
Saturday June 7, 2014, 2:33 pm
By the way, the nom de plume, "Pakalolo," doesn't that mean "crazy weed" in Hawaiian? ;-)
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