Tag Archives: extinction

Fishery destruction

From increased carbon dioxide By the end of this century, carbon dioxide levels in the ocean are likely reach levels that will interfere with fishes’ ability to escape from predators, hear, and smell.  Carbon dioxide is already affecting fish brains … Continue reading

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Michael J. Benton, paleontologist: Runaway Greenhouse

Benton, M.J. Presidential Address 2007: The end-Permian mass extinction events on land in Russia. Proceedings of the Geologists’ Association Volume 119, Issue 2, 2008, Pages 119-136 Conclusion: If the runaway greenhouse model is correct and explains perhaps the biggest crisis … Continue reading

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Martin Rees, cosmologist: Will the Human Race Survive the 21st Century?

In his book “Our final century: Will the Human Race Survive the Twenty-first Century?: Martin Rees gives us at 50/50 chance of making it to 2100.  He thinks we’ve been lucky to survive even the past 50 years.  Some of … Continue reading

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Prince Charles warns of ‘sixth extinction event’

Louise Gray. 8 Sep 2011. Prince Charles warns of ‘sixth extinction event’.  Mankind faces extinction, the Prince of Wales has warned, unless humans transform our lifestyles to stop mass consumption, run away climate change and destruction of wildlife.  The Telegraph. … Continue reading

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John Gribbin, Astrophysicist. If we destroy ourselves, a grave injustice to the universe

Below are a few paragraphs from Hirshfeld’s excellent book review of:    John Gribbin. 2011. Alone in the Universe: Why Our Planet Is Unique. Humans are a miracle of blood, bone, and brain, a volatile mixture of compassion and brutality … Continue reading

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Huge releases of arctic methane

Methane is a greenhouse gas 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide. At the American Geophysical Union Meeting in San Francisco, Dr Semiletov announced he’d found an unprecedented amount of methane bubbling up from the East Siberian Arctic Shelf (which … Continue reading

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Ocean BioInvasion

 January 2016. Potential invasive species identified in S. Gulf of Mexico. November 2015. Marine invasive species benefiting from rising carbon dioxide levels Territories changing due to ocean acidification. March 2013. Invasive species: Understanding the threat before it’s too late. 7 … Continue reading

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How and Why Corporate Interests Attack Science. A Detailed Account of the Attack on the Hockey Stick graph

A Book review of: Bradley, Raymond. S.  2011.  Global Warming and Political Intimidation.  How Politicians Cracked Down on Scientists as the Earth Heated up.  University of Massachusetts Press. I would read Oreskes’ “Merchants of Doubt. How a Handful of Scientists … Continue reading

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The nine boundaries we must not cross — or we may go extinct

[ Although everyone focuses on climate change there are 8 other destructive boundaries to be avoided as well. We’ve crossed three already: climate change, biodiversity loss, and the global nitrogen cycle.  The other six are ocean acidification, chemical pollution, atmospheric … Continue reading

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When Life Nearly Died. The greatest mass extinction of all time

[ Benton shows why it was probably lava flows, not impact from meteors that caused the Permian extinction. I don’t know why everyone isn’t reading whatever they can find on the greatest mass murder of all time — the Permian … Continue reading

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