Earth on verge of mass extinction, humans the cause

Posted on Jul 26 2014 - 10:57am by Mark Labbe

Researchers have found that Earth is on the verge of a sixth mass extinction, and humans are most likely to blame.

Although the mass extinction is still in its early stages, there are many species that have already gone extinct, and it is predicted that many more will. About one third of all vertebrates are either threatened or endangered, a team of researchers consisting of  biologists and ecologists have said.

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“Human impacts on animal biodiversity are an under-recognized form of global environmental change,” said the team of researchers in their study, which was published in Science. “Among terrestrial vertebrates, 322 species have become extinct since 1500, and populations of the remaining species show 25% average decline in abundance.”

Over the last 35 years human population has doubled, scientists have said. And during that time, the number of invertebrate animals, such as butterflies, spiders and worms, has decreased by a whopping 45 percent.

The researchers have noted that “overexploitation, habitat destruction, and impacts from invasive species” are most likely the causes of this impending mass extinction. However, climate change will ultimately be the top driver of defaunation, say the scientists.

“To avoid the sixth mass extinction we will probably have to employ more aggressive conservation, such as moving species to help them cope with a changing climate,” explained David Biello in Scientific America. “Think re-wilding: reintroducing species like wolves or beavers that were once present in a given ecosystem but have since disappeared. Aggressive conservation might also mean killing off newcomer species to preserve or make room for local flora and fauna.”

Although people have been making some progress in trying to save a number of species, more work can be done. Getting a better hold on climate change, for example, could be vital in protecting the Earth’s many animals.

For a list of endangered and threatened animals, go to the World Wildlife Fund for Nature’s website.

The findings were published in Science.

  • Terrence Healy

    If we took the Money we spent on Weapons World Wide over the last 50 years and devoted it to Space Travel and Science, we would already have colonized hundreds of planets and forgotten what we were squabbling about here in the first place. We would have supplied power and Medical and Housing to all countries and Eliminated Poverty. Man has been killing for ten thousand years over borders and Religion,Money, Power and the control of other People. Trillions of humans have been killed in the name of someones god. Isn’t it a shame we are so stupid!

  • treetop64

    Everything about humanity is counter-intuitive to the well-being of this world. Any conscious good we attempt is purely remedial; corrective action for something that we previously damaged or destroyed before. Trees would indulge on the human contribution to the atmosphere since the industrial revolution – if we hadn’t already cut down 3/4 of the world’s trees by now.

    The earth is robust. Over eons it has withstood far more severe calamities than we could ever inflict upon it. Whatever happens, the earth will recover, at least until the sun uses up it’s fuel and begins to swell… but humanity would have eliminated itself long, long before then.

  • ATrober

    We already know this

    ““If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened.” Matt 24:22

    • donaldinks .

      “And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and MULTIPLY,
      and replenish the earth, and SUBDUE it: and have DOMINION over the fish
      of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, AND OVER EVERY LIVING THING
      that moveth upon the earth.”
      Genesis 1:28

      It IS BECAUSE a CURRENT MAJORITY of “modern” SUPERSTITIOUS humans that read and BELIEVE LITERALLY in the writings of a tribal people, who lived in the BRONZE age (which were about 3 hairs away from being BABOONS) is PRECISELY why we NOW find ourselves in our current predicament.

      Those words in Genesis 1:28 “supposedly” given by a tribal “god” (Yahweh) do not strike a sentient thinking being as something that an “intelligent creator” would give as an order…
      knowing FULL WELL the inevitable dire outcome in which we now find ourselves approaching.

      • ATrober

        Gen 1:28 is why believers don’t worry about Matt 24:22.

        As for “FULL WELL” God knew the outcome, indeed He did know we would be self-destructive, aka sinners. Therefore, BEFORE the world began He had a redemption plan:

        “He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake.” 1 Pt 1:21

        We do not find ourselves in this predicament because the world has believed, and obeyed, rather quite the opposite. It has not believed, nor obeyed.

        “Wisdom is proved right by all her children” Lk 7:35

        • donaldinks .

          OK…I understand your “logic” now:

          this SUPPOSED “PERFECT intelligent creator of the entire universe” (Yahweh) :

          “knew the outcome, indeed He did know we would be self-destructive, aka sinners. Therefore, BEFORE the world began He had a redemption plan:” (YOUR WORDS)

          SO: BEFORE this “God” even CREATED “man” AND the “World”…
          “he” had a plan to fix his “future” created MISTAKES.

          That makes PERFECT INFALLIBLE and OMNIPOTENT sense.
          —————————————————————————————-
          It sounds MORE LIKELY to me:
          that the bronzed aged AUTHORS had to RE-WRIGHT their personal “books”, because this tribal “God” Yahweh was an IMPERFECT “intelligent creator” who had to go back and fix “His” OWN MISTAKES that “He” PERSONALLY created…

          RATHER than “PRE-plan” “His” almighty mistakes.

          That is:
          if you TRULY believe these bronze age tribal myths and legends are FACTS or worse yet, TRUTHS.
          NEVER mix “beliefs” with TRUTHS.
          SMH…

          • James Lisek

            A pen that made itself is no more believable than a humanity that made itself (by whatever mechanisms anyone can imagine).

          • ATrober

            if you strike a pool of plastic and ink with lightening enough, won’t a pen come out of it? ;-p

          • ATrober

            Have you even *studied* the Bible?

            Mankind is endowed with ***free moral agency****. They CHOOSE to be what they are. Logic 101 can’t even conclude that makes the Creator’s work imperfect.

            God NEVER chooses to lie, steal, etc. etc. Furthermore, He has the competence, not just character, to prevent or reverse the effects of sin.

            That’s Bible 101 for you. Wherever you’re getting your ideas are second-hand news or just skimping thru the pages, perhaps with your mind already made up.

          • donaldinks .

            “Have you even *studied* the Bible?”…

            Yes.
            30+ years of Church “indoctrination”,
            2+ years in college in social sciences, world-wide comparative religion courses (Christian and otherwise…)
            and another 30 years of research on my own.

            In other words: I PROBABLY started “studying” the “Bible”
            when you were but a mere glimmer of future hope in your Daddy’s head.

            Your “earthly” Daddy, that is.

            ;-)

          • ATrober

            Lying is a sin, you know that.

            You hardly have 30+ years of Biblical training given your prior posts.

            What you MAY have is SECOND-HAND NEWS from someone telling you what the Bible says. That’d be ***your responsibility*** to get the facts, not the church. Fwiw, the Bible tells you that, too.

            Lastly, if you knew anything about the Bible you’d know Bible 102: you ***must*** LIVE it to understand it. Reading it alone is worthless.

          • donaldinks .

            “Lying is a sin, you know that.”

            So is bearing false witness.

            “…you ***must*** LIVE it to understand it. Reading it alone is worthless.”

            True, as I can discern from YOUR “prior posts.”

            Peace…
            I am on my way.
            Time has come for me to shake the dust from my sandals
            at your proverbial verbal doorstep of self-righteousness.

  • Wsrman

    “Small minds talk about people, average minds discuss current events, great minds talk about ideas”. What type of minds are being encouraged and nurtured in all the mass communication throughout the world.
    I know many people will not understand this simple definition of evil. If a person, action or activity limits or removes “free agency” it is influenced by evil (satan), if a person, action or activity gives or promotes “free agency” then it is influenced by good (Christ).
    You have the right to choose …. But what people fail to understand or accept is with this freedom you do not have the ability to choose the consequence. If everyone understood and looked at the consequence first, their action would be different.

  • Jack Hill

    I think they meant to say “vertebrate” instead of “invertebrate” animals have declined. Vertebrates are in much more danger than extinction than invertebrates.

    • JudgeDredd

      Butterflies, spiders nor worms have spines.

  • Mike

    It’s simple human overpopulation. Nature will take care of it, but by then it will be too late. Bye, Bye the planet won’t miss us.

    • JudgeDredd

      I woldnt be so certain that humanity will be wiped off the face of the earth but likely dwindle to below carrying levels…much like we see when resources become too few to effectively sustain any given species within an area they are unable to migrate from.

      • Mike

        Nothing lasts forever. And yes humans have almost been wiped out before. But then there weren’t nuclear bombs and reactors all over the world. Once they decay the world will be unlivable.

        • JudgeDredd

          Eventually sure.

  • Wsrman

    There are many rules of life. Rules as simply consistent as “action-reaction”. One of those rules is the “power corrupts, absolute power correct absolutely”. As we humans are not perfect, this rule will always apply. Look at Obama. What do you think he would do with absolute power?

  • Nathaniel Hamrick

    And it breaks my heart as well.
    I know so many good people, good-hearted people, animal-loving people who can’t help but take another poor helpless animal in because they fear it’s too young and unable to live out in the wild.
    They see a puppy and want to feed it. They see a kitten and want to care for it. They see another small creature and want to photograph it because they love the animal.

    and yet so, so many of these caring, loving humans are very poor.
    They can’t afford a college education.
    They can’t grasp the full story surrounding climate change, heck, scientists barely can.

    We as a nation can’t managed to provide free public education about it, proving our society is incapable — a sad state for the supposedly greatest and single richest nation on the planet. Think for a moment: what does that tell us about the poorer nations? They must be even less capable.

    We can’t manage to elect politicians to tackle the issue (green parties) because of partisanship nationwide.

    Our election system has many people arguing and won’t allow us to vote for the candidate we favor, only the candidate that we hate the least.

    And in the midst of all of this, so many people dislike mathematics and/or science.

    We are simply too unequal as a species to handle the technology we have created. We have great minds making technology for scientific use and unenlightened minds who are unable to handle the technology in a scientific manner. Inconsonant.

    • CactusPatch

      The current so-called public education system is simply scandalous. They aren’t schools; they’re government indoctrination centers. Critical thinking isn’t taught. Students are indoctrinated with, among other things, politically correct thinking regarding multi-culturalism, global governance, homosexual rights and man-made global warming. Climate change has been around as long as the earth has existed. Cycles in the global climate are natural and occurred long before the industrial revolution. Within recorded history, mini ice-ages and drought cycles have been recorded. Simply put, the sky is not falling. It’s just a ploy being used by Al Gore and Company to alarm the general public so they will surrender more of their freedom to the ruling elite, who because of their great learning have all the solutions.

  • Wsrman

    Live, laugh and most of all love. And no, I am not a airhead liberal, I am a hardcore conservative. The tea party has to move a little further to the right to get in my circle.

  • Derek Cope

    There is sentient life, and all that is considered alive and not sentient, is food for sentient life. Period. If Ants took over the world, you think fire ants would get along nicely with the leaf cutters? Would some council of ants offer protection and assistance to the now oppressed termite population? It seems that once a species achieves dominance, the members who “feel bad” about said dominance is the only dangers to that species.

    • JudgeDredd

      Ant’s are an amazingly prolific life form. They HAVE taken over the world. They do protect lifeforms they use as homes and food sources. What are you talking about?

    • Nathaniel Hamrick

      “If Ants took over the world, you think fire ants would get along nicely with the leaf cutters?”

      — no but ants most certainly wouldn’t whip out a telescope any time soon and stop a comet from hitting their colony(s).

      Should we embrace our collective death just because most of us are too stupid to understand what’s happening around us?
      Smart people say no, you on the other hand… beg to differ.

  • flyfaster

    I still say that we are a food farm for aliens. In my opinion, the earth has been around for longer than the scientists have stated and has probably seen more extinctions than you can imagine. Maybe we are here to procreate as much as we can and later be harvested for food somewhere else in the universe. Then it starts all over again. Just saying.

  • Wsrman

    Not even the 322’s are exempt from judgement.

  • 322deathwishforhumanity

    322 322 322 322 322 322 322

    What do Skull and Bones, ancient German secret societies,
    the Georgia Guidestones and the Health Care bill have in common?

    The answer is March 22nd.

    That’s right.

    The Georgia Guidestones were christened on March 22 1980.
    The first commandment on the stones was a pledge to keep the world’s population
    under 500,000 people.

    March 22nd 2010 (Universal Time) is also the day that
    Health Care finally passed in the United States. (Universal Time is Greenwich
    Mean Time. This is the ‘time’ that the Illuminati use.)

    3-22, or March 22nd, is also the sacred number to Skull
    and Bones, the secret society from Yale that produces the leaders of the
    United States and the world. When Tim Russert asked President George W.
    Bush what the Skull and Bones special number – 322 ­ signified Bush
    replied that this was a secret. Senator John Kerry, who ran against Bush
    in 2004, is also a member of this ultra-secret society. He also refused
    to tell us what the number 322 meant to Skull and Bones.

    Skull and Bones is a German secret organization that successfully
    transferred itself across the Atlantic Ocean in the early 1800’s. When
    you back-engineer the secret societies from which the German version of
    Skull and Bones emerged one finds a strange fascination with Mars.

    March is the only month of the year that is named after
    a specific planet in the solar system. It is also the first day of spring
    as well as the first day in the zodiacal sign of Aries, which is the Greek
    word for Mars, and it is where ‘March’ gets its name.

    The number 322 is vitally important to these secret societies
    especially Skull and Bones, which has the number, enshrined in their tomb
    at Yale.

    The number 322 is actually the number for March 22nd.
    The first day of Aries, also called Mars.

    322 the authors a lieing scumbag

    • JudgeDredd

      “The first commandment on the stones was a pledge to keep the world’s population
      under 500,000 people.”

      Oh yeah? How’s that working out for them?

  • masonscum

    What do Skull and Bones, ancient German secret societies,
    the Georgia Guidestones and the Health Care bill have in common?

    The answer is March 22nd.

    That’s right.

    The Georgia Guidestones were christened on March 22 1980.
    The first commandment on the stones was a pledge to keep the world’s population
    under 500,000 people.

    March 22nd 2010 (Universal Time) is also the day that
    Health Care finally passed in the United States. (Universal Time is Greenwich
    Mean Time. This is the ‘time’ that the Illuminati use.)

    3-22, or March 22nd, is also the sacred number to Skull
    and Bones, the secret society from Yale that produces the leaders of the
    United States and the world. When Tim Russert asked President George W.
    Bush what the Skull and Bones special number – 322 ­ signified Bush
    replied that this was a secret. Senator John Kerry, who ran against Bush
    in 2004, is also a member of this ultra-secret society. He also refused
    to tell us what the number 322 meant to Skull and Bones.

    Skull and Bones is a German secret organization that successfully
    transferred itself across the Atlantic Ocean in the early 1800’s. When
    you back-engineer the secret societies from which the German version of
    Skull and Bones emerged one finds a strange fascination with Mars.

    March is the only month of the year that is named after
    a specific planet in the solar system. It is also the first day of spring
    as well as the first day in the zodiacal sign of Aries, which is the Greek
    word for Mars, and it is where ‘March’ gets its name.

    The number 322 is vitally important to these secret societies
    especially Skull and Bones, which has the number, enshrined in their tomb
    at Yale.

    The number 322 is actually the number for March 22nd.
    The first day of Aries, also called Mars.

    • JudgeDredd

      …and you’ve wasted your life.

  • Issy Wise

    Not to be complacent, but when I was young, it was predicted by scientists that Lake Erie would take 10,000 years to recover from what humankind had done to it. It seemed like a credible prediction, the lake caught fire off Cleveland and burned for three days.

    Appropriate law and attention did the job in about ten years.

    How come we can’t pass appropriate laws anymore? How come congress has 10% approval and 90 plus % retention in elections? How come we allow a river of money to flow between us and our government and a Supreme Court that gives political rights to business associations and more recently even religious right.

    Congressional democracy has failed in America and in the manner predicted by its founders, by partisanship.

    • CactusPatch

      You have some good points, but fall short in a couple of areas. First, we aren’t a democracy; we never were. Democracies are inherently unstable because they represent the rule of 50% +1. In a pure democracy, the 50% +1 can vote to take the property of the 50% -1. We are a constitutional republic, governed by the rule of law. We elect individuals to represent us in Congress. Originally, we the people agreed government would have certain defined and very limited powers. We protected ourselves against innovation by requiring that it take 75% vote of our elected representatives to change the constitution. Unfortunately, the Supreme Court decided it could change the Constitution simply by a vote of 5 Supreme Court Justices. The system has been perverted by all the money and power assigned it by innovations of the Supreme Court. Certainly, partisanship has contributed to the problem, but the primary scoundrel has been the Supreme Court.

      • Issy Wise

        I agree with almost everything you say, except that you say we weren’t intended to be a democracy. Representative democracies are still democracies. Republic means government based on consent of the governed. It need not be a democracy, but a democracy–if actual, would be a republic. They are not mutually exclusive.

        However, as founded the US had 2 1/2 of it branches that were not intended to democratic–that is accountable directly to the people. The president was and is chosen the the Electoral College and a vote by the public on whom should fill the office is not even necessary. The courts, of course, are appointive, leaving only the legislature (now both houses, since the Senate’s selection method was amended) representatively democratic. The founders vested the lower house with control of purse strings–the one power that ensured Parliamentary preeminence in England and made the upper house the equivalent of a governor’s counsel–participating in treaty making and selection of high official. The intent was to insure that we were democratic. The confusion between what is meant by republic (based on consent of the governed) and democratic (that consent measured in regular polling of the public) is endemic in our poorly educated and might well be careful distinguished by those whom actually understand it.

        We, of course, are not democratic. 90 plus percent retention rates in office and 10 percent popular approval ratings for the Congress demonstrate that the electoral system is broke–the means of registering public consent and resolving national problems by concensus. Partisans riding the gravy train need only solve no problems that might offend some discrete minority (or rarely a majority) and tend to money-gathering to perpetuate their power.

        That’s the first and foremost problem. I say disentangle the parties from the political process. The right to association is not the right to hold closed primaries or even primaries designated by parties, not the right to have your party affiliation listed on ballots, not the right to schedule elections, not the right to regulation election result in violation of one person one vote. Letting partisan run or even be directly involved in the electoral process is plain old stupid. They’ve been abusing our votes and the voting system for 21 decades now. How fucking stupid can we be.

        • CactusPatch

          Very well said. We do have democratic processes. I believe the 17th Amendment did considerable damage to what had been a well-balanced federal system of power sharing between the States and the government in Washington. When senators were appointed by the State Legislatures, it gave the States a voice in policy making. Perhaps more importantly, it gave the States input into the selection of Supreme Court Justices.
          As far as our current political debacle, somehow the military-industrial-financial complex has to be neutered. It doesn’t matter who is in office, they support the interests of the above mentioned power structure. There’s a revolving door between the Department of Justice and lawyers representing the above interests; between the U. S. Treasury and bankers representing the above interests; and between the regulatory agencies charged with oversight of the banking sector and employees of the above interests. I contend the Bush-Clinton-Bush-Obama administration is the longest running administration in American history. The parties play to a different base, but they advance the same agenda.

          • Issy Wise

            I don’t know about anything significant happening with the 17th Amendment. Once in the senators stayed six years no matter who put them in. The history at the time shows the change effected nobody. What’s remarkable is the apportionment of the Senate: a Montana citizen has 52 times the representation as a Californian. Senators represent dirt, not people.

            I agree with all the problems you’ve listed. I’d add the effect of marketing science and mass media to the problems to overcome, but I am not hopeful they will be. The only thing I can imagine is making the elected leaders responsive to voters and focused on governing; therefore, I look to fix the political process: parties and money. Other countries have overcome them, by limiting election season and money invested for a return in politics. We can too, if about 535 of them all had strokes and died.

          • close call

            Type in the words, “The foulest of them all” in your search engine.
            The paper is by Jay Hanson. Happy trails to you.

  • Wsrman

    There are no facts in this story. How many species came and left this planet before man got here? Research and find out. How long has life been on this planet before man got here? For you to believe that man is a significant part of this planet is blinding arrogance. For this brief moment in time our presence is noticed, but, all of mankind and anything we could possibly do is insignificant to this planet. How we relate to God, our family, our neighbors (the ones across the street, across town, across the country and across the ocean) has an eternal effect. Simple to understand, your eternal judgement will be your perfect knowledge of everything you ever said and did and the effect it had on others. Do good and smile! …….. Do bad and …….Oh well!
    Step back and look at the BIG picture. In reality, no matter what your age, you will not be on this planet much longer.

  • theauthors a mason

    hello there u masonic scum bag. Im absolutely shocked that you would publish this tripe with your little mason codewords..322

    322
    322
    322…sad funt

    • JudgeDredd

      You realize that number is part of a quote grabbed from someone else right?

  • Jack Bass

    Just another rant in the long line of rants claiming the we shouldn’t be here. These people want us on the extinction list, they want the human race gone from earth. They truly amaze me. There is only one solution to the problem as far as they’re concerned, get rid of humans.

    • JudgeDredd

      What the hell are you even talking about?

      • Jack Bass

        Apparently nothing Judge. I guess I just woke up this morning and wanted to do something that would cause you to curse at me. Or perhaps I just said this simply to upset you. But I know clearly that you don’t understand and this offends you. But I think that’s easy to do.

        • JudgeDredd

          So rather than clarifying your position you decided to speculate about my emotional state. It’s not too late though, you could still yet enlighten me. ‘course I suppose there is a very real possibility that you yourself have no idea what you’re talking about, which of course would clear this whole thing up.

  • masons are scum

    322..skull and crossed bones..one of these days your mason fantasy world rpg is going to disappear…but well done there author for playing your sock puppet role spreading mason propaganda with your little code words..well if 322 species died…how humans died at the hands of masonic scum in both the concocted world wars..read inter mason conflicts..

    322 lol at u pathetic man..piss poor magician u are mr mason author..

  • masons are scum

    mason scum 322.lol

  • mason scum must be eliminated

    322..lols at the mason author passing his mason codes..cite me proof that 322 specieas have died there mr mason..how is life worshipping your saturnalien god..

    322, 322/ 322—322////322====322….322

    where have i seen that number b4.. the author of this piece is mason scum with his mason agenda..ps top the commentor who say muslims want all christian dead..newsflash for y..masons worship the planet saturn jews worship the planet saturn and guess what muslims also worship the planet saturn..

    not all of us are cattle mason man…322 lol 322 lol 322 lol 322 lol sad funt

  • TimothyLoftin

    I suspect that human nature, instinctive behavior developed over millennia of evolution, will not be changed by decades of educational campaigns – we are fast learners, but not that fast. Whatever destructive habits humans have will continue into the foreseeable future and we will continue modifying our surroundings until the resulting climate and ecological system will no longer support our population. We will die off.
    The end of us, but not the end of the world.

    • cdw

      You sound like a rich American. Most of the humans in the world have an income level less than half of that of the average Mexican citizen. Many humans are just trying to survive, let alone worry about the flora and fauna surrounding them.

      • TimothyLoftin

        There is nothing unique in the Americanism; Americans share the same instinctive patterns as everyone else, rich or otherwise. The drive to survive, expressed in the expansion of subsistence farming into the surround habitat, reforms the ecological system as effectively as the introduction of genetically modified organisms into industrial scale agriculture.
        I don’t know which group, urbanites or subsistence farmers, would have the better chance of surviving a catastrophic disruption, but I’m pretty sure the culture and society the survivors live in will be closer to the subsistence community than the urban conglomerate.

    • franklingray

      What are you smoking?

      • Terrence Healy

        We have good smoke in america too!

  • superdubb

    barely any citations. just mentions “scientists”. i am a believer in climate change and taking action but this article was very irresponsibly written. without sources, this just sounds like hocus pocus. one mention of “scientific america” is not enough to justify such a sensationalistic headline.

    • cdw

      Sensationalism sells Google advertising. Apocalypses are more interesting, anyway.

    • donaldinks .

      “The findings were published in Science.”
      ~ Mark Labbe

      “superdubb::
      Put your money where your mouth is…and subscribe to “Science”
      from which this writer obtained his FACTS
      (and where you may ALSO find the SCIENTISTS that wrote the original study).

  • fk the mason scum

    see the mason scum below…they wish all christians death…fk the mason scum..they worship a planet…dumbest bastards ever..322..lol 322 lol322..u fking dumb bastard u think everyone is cattle dont u.

    • cdw

      It is more accurately that the orthodox Muslims wish all infidels death. Or, pay a tax.

  • JW

    Humans are on the verge of wiping themselves out too. Then the next candidate on the evolutionary ladder can see if they have what it takes to coexist with other species. Personally, I am hoping that the fantasy christian rapture actually happens, so that these idiots intent on destroying the planet will get sucked off to somewhere other than the earth. Then humanity might have a chance.

    • cdw

      Unless the so-called Christian “fantasy” includes a destruction and a replacement.

      • JW

        Hey, everybody is going to die sometime. Humanity has shown an unwillingness to be a team player in the overall family of life, so maybe it is time to end the game and let the next player see what they can do.

        • cdw

          Yes, human life is short. However, a majority of the 7 billion world human population is dirt poor. They aren’t worried about much of anything besides the next two weeks.

          • JW

            Are you saying we are overpopulated? So many people we can’t provide them with adequate means of support? No way to control population because too many religions/fear won’t allow it? Goes back to my point that “humanity” doesn’t have the ability to survive for long.

          • franklingray

            Typical liberal: we, provide, support, control all words liberals love to use.

          • JW

            Typical liberal? How about realist?? If you want to see one of the prime reasons humanity doesn’t stand a chance, go look in the mirror.

  • blowingoffgodot

    The thing is that human life very much depends on the Earth’s biodiversity for its continued existence. I am absolutely shocked at the arrogance of the nihilists who think that the biodiversity crisis won’t impact us.

    • cdw

      Life finds a way. When the human age passes, they will be replaced with others until the sun evolves into a red-giant star.

  • cdw

    So, how many species will become extinct when the current Holocene interglacial period ends?

  • Roscoe Bonsweenie

    Mark, if this is all you have to write about, get a job

    • blowingoffgodot

      What’s the matter, don’t like facts?

  • fk the mason scum

    322 species yeah..u sure about that yeah.322..masons like that number dont they..saturn worshiping scum

    • Free Mason Guy

      Joe? Is that you?

    • Guest

      322 species of vertebrate that we know about. That number does not include invertebrates we’ve driven extinct or undescribed species (of which there are a lot) which we have driven extinct.

    • Cupertino Jay

      can’t understand how this mason troll passes moderation?? at least, seems like there’s moderation active: immediately after submitting a first post/reply i got this back..
      > Hold on, this is waiting to be approved by The Westside Story.

      what gives?