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On the brink: sixth mass extinction

Posted on Sunday, 6 March, 2011 | Comment icon 68 comments | News tip by: Still Waters

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A new study has revealed that we may be on the verge of an apocalyptic mass extinction event.

The research suggests that should we fail to reverse the damaging effects of human activity on the world's eco-systems then we may be heading towards an extinction event that could wipe out 75% of all life on the planet.

"Earth may be on the brink of a sixth mass extinction on the scale of the apocalyptic event that wiped out the dinosaurs, a study claims."

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Comment icon #59 Posted by Br Cornelius on 10 March, 2011, 12:19
Charts are only as good as the understanding you have of what created the trends. Br Cornelius
Comment icon #60 Posted by Doug1o29 on 10 March, 2011, 14:06
There have been about 30 natural climate shifts since the end of the Younger Dryas (about 10,660 BP). This one is different. Why do I think humans are involved? CO2 levels are climbing exponentially. We're the only known source of extra CO2. The climate is measurably warmer. Coincidence? The clincher is WHERE climate is warming. If atmospheric carbon is the cause, then temperature rise should be greatest in places where CO2 absorbs the most solar energy, reradiating it as heat. Moisture interferes with the absorption process, so if carbon is involved, heating should be greatest in the dr... [More]
Comment icon #61 Posted by Doug1o29 on 10 March, 2011, 14:12
Nit picking. If because of human-caused activities, the temperature is 2 degrees warmer than it would otherwise have been, that's still man-caused warming. BTW: those climate models predict that without human involvement, we would now be in a cooling period, the mean global temperature having peaked about 2006. Doug
Comment icon #62 Posted by Eldorado on 10 March, 2011, 14:25
Can't you all just agree that climate changes happen naturally but man has made these changes more drastic with his continued pollution of his environment?
Comment icon #63 Posted by ripperking on 10 March, 2011, 15:10
100 cement eldorado!
Comment icon #64 Posted by stevewinn on 10 March, 2011, 20:11
No... i refuse to agree man has made things worse. i blame women.
Comment icon #65 Posted by Doug1o29 on 10 March, 2011, 21:10
You have probably hit the nail on the head. That is exactly what I think. Now lets see if we can prove it. Doug
Comment icon #66 Posted by Br Cornelius on 10 March, 2011, 21:48
Nothing to disagree with there, and I don't think many climate scientists would either. Br Cornelius
Comment icon #67 Posted by nelvrina on 10 March, 2011, 22:58
Humans are already down that road and sadly taking the animals with us. I wonder what will come first, Aliens or an unexplained asteroid? From afar, I'm watching the human race demolish itself. Not very interesting to watch but it suits me. I think we deserve it a little. Humans caused it.

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