6th mass extinction

Humans Have Destroyed 50% Of Earth’s Wildlife In The Past 40 Years

Humans Have Destroyed 50% Of Earth’s Wildlife In The Past 40 Years

Wild animal populations on land, sea, river and air have been decimated over the past 40 years. According to a new report, 50% of all wildlife on Earth disappeared between 1970 and 2010.

This rapid, catastrophic species loss is due to human overconsumption and the destruction of habitat necessary for species survival.

According to The Guardian, researchers at the WWF and the Zoological Society…

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A stark depiction of the threat hanging over the world’s mammals, reptiles, amphibians and other life forms has been published by the prestigious scientific journal, Nature. A special analysis carried out by the journal indicates that a staggering 41% of all amphibians on the planet now face extinction while 26% of mammal species and 13% of birds are similarly threatened.

Many species are already critically endangered and close to extinction, including the Sumatran elephant, Amur leopard and mountain gorilla. But also in danger of vanishing from the wild, it now appears, are animals that are currently rated as merely being endangered: bonobos, bluefin tuna and loggerhead turtles, for example.

Firmly Locked Within the Complexity Trap

Firmly Locked Within the Complexity Trap

From the acidified and plasticized oceans to the greenhouse gas-polluted atmosphere to the radioactive and heavy metal-contaminated soils, the Anthropocene Epoch will leave behind a planet radically altered in its atmospheric and biospheric chemistry. This disruption, unprecedented in geologic time for its rapidity and wide-scale destruction, is already too severe for the complex web of life…

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If all ‘threatened’ species became extinct within a century, and that rate then continued unabated, terrestrial amphibian, bird and mammal extinction would reach Big Five magnitudes in ~240 to 540 years
—  Anthony D. Barnosky et al (2011), Has the Earth’s sixth mass extinction already arrived?

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A random fact about anything: the world is currently going through the 6th mass extinction bye humans and only dogs and jimmy urine will survive

Death by Dollar$ and Suicide by CO2

Death by Dollar$ and Suicide by CO2

Unresponsive and Corrupt Government

Another election cycle passes with the American people responding with the lowest voter turnout since WWII. The staged events of today’s political rallies will soon be composed solely of people paid off with corporate bribes to wave flags and chant slogans. As ever more corporate money floods into the faux democratic process, participation by the average…

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Blog #21: Biodiversity Loss & The 6th Mass Species Extinction Event

              Science plays a very important role in sustainability and is a whole different discipline within environmental studies, called environmental science. Its biggest contribution comes in the form of data collected through experiments. The reason for these experiments goes beyond data collecting and is meant to serve as an educating experience, so that we can better understand the matter and energy that make up the physical world. Although scientific data is very useful, it does have its limitations. First, people rely a lot on the statistics provided by scientific research, but there is no way for them to be completely absolute about their results. Second, all scientists are human, which means that they will all have their own biases about their research. Third, the natural systems of the world are extremely complex and involve many different variables, which can make it very difficult to accurately experiment on them. Lastly, the amount of degradation is so great that it would be impossible to measure how much has occurred annually worldwide. These limitations require scientists to utilize their imagination and develop creative ways to support sustainability and educate the public.

               Because of the complexity of the world’s natural systems, it is important to understand at least how they work. So what exactly keeps us and other organisms alive? Three factors sustain life on earth, flow of energy, cycling of nutrients, and gravity. Without these three factors we would not be able to survive, let alone keep two feet on the ground.  As humans we are only a small factor in the ecosystem. We may be high on the food chain, but there is this constant cycle of energy that connects us to the small plankton living in the deep oceans. What many people refuse to believe is that every time we build a new high-rise or drive a car, there will be some kind of pollution that will occur. Every action has a consequence and it is difficult for people to realize that although their intentions may be good, in the end it is more damaging than they believe. But, people also have to remember that these consequences can have a good result as well. Our actions can change the way humans act on this earth and hopefully one day, people will treat their environment as a partner in life, rather than simply a resource.

             The amount of beauty on this earth is so incredible and as human beings we realize that and are compelled toward nature. What makes our ecosystem so amazing is the amount of biodiversity that exists. It is estimated that there is 8 million to 100 million species on earth, but to be honest no one really knows the exact number because we have not discovered them all and probably never will. Biodiversity is not only interesting, but also vital to sustaining earth. We are currently losing our biodiversity day by day because of the rate of extinction, which is now exceeding the rate of species evolution.

               The film “Call of Life: Facing the Mass Extinction” is a wake up call to everyone who believes that we are not in fact going through a global crisis. In the next 24 hours an animal will go extinct. The natural extinction rate used to be about one in a million. Today, the extinction rate is about 10,000 times that and in no way shape or form is it completely natural. Humans play a big part in the threat of extinction of many species around the world. It is important that we protect these species not only for their right of existence, but for the very fact that they contribute to our environment. No one can separate himself or herself from the circle that connects us all. We rely on each other, which means every organism on earth deserves an equal amount of respect.

               We can continue to discover all of these statistics about the current rate of extinction, but they are of no use unless the public is educated about it. The United States is currently #2 on International Index of Ignorance. There is a serious disconnect between science and the American public. It is impossible to support a movement you cannot understand. Research is useless unless it is put into practice. Ignorance stems from lack of education and therefore, it is in the hands of the scientists to allow the public to join in their movement.

Question: What can we do to eradicate environmental ignorance within the United States? Can it be solved simply through an increase of environmental education?

6th Mass Extinction

The sad truth. We are facing a possible loss of over 75% of life on this planet in the next 100 years. 41% of amphibians, 26% of mammals & 13% of birds are currently listed as threatened. The figures in front of me worry me greatly.

To top it all off, 1 of the 6 remaining northern white rhinos left on earth died yesterday. Another species practically declared extinct as there are now no viable breeding animals in the population.

A Brief Thanksgiving Message

A Brief Thanksgiving Message

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, a holiday created from romanticized myths about grand and cordial feasts between pilgrims and the indigenous people whose lives, land, and culture would soon be exterminated from coast to coast. Truth be told, Thanksgiving sprang from the imaginative mind of Sarah Josepha Hale, an author and editor who campaigned for nearly two decades before winning over President…

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Paradise Lost and Future Pending

Paradise Lost and Future Pending

The following video message is from Dr. Erik Pianka, an esteemed American biologist, one of the world’s most accomplished field ecologists, and author of the classic 1983 book Evolutionary Ecology. This video was made roughly 4 years ago. Not much has changed in the interim other than everything getting progressively worse —more people, more cars, more garbage landfills, more greenhouse gas…

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Weekend Funnies for the Depressed Collapsitarian #10

Weekend Funnies for the Depressed Collapsitarian #10

No matter if the weekend has arrived or not, when I feel like life has become a grotesque parody of itself then it’s time for another installment of ‘Weekend Funnies for the Depressed Collapsitarian’…

Too close to the truth…

An animated GIF from graphic wizard ABVH (via Featured E-Magazine):

Years after they have destroyed main street, central banks have recently admitted that their policies…

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Still on Track for the Collapse of Modern Civilization

Still on Track for the Collapse of Modern Civilization

Two recent pieces of scientific evidence really hammer home the predicament of modern industrial civilization, and they have to do with the fact that our globalized, just-in-time economic model is hopelessly wed to carbon-based energy. Once one understands this, then there can be no delusions about why we are on such a catastrophic trajectory of greenhouse gas emissions. As was explained in a…

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The Slow Motion Train Wreck of Industrial Civilization

The Slow Motion Train Wreck of Industrial Civilization

The linear thinking that has dominated Western civilization since the Enlightenment has become a death trap for mankind in the 21st century. The dynamic system of the Earth’s biosphere with its many interconnected parts interacting in complex and unpredictable ways is clashing with modern man’s linear, sequential, and reductionist frame of thought for solving problems. Technical fixes only act…

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