Most of us do not spend our waking hours reading the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States. Certainly no one in the #FakeTrump administration does, as they are too busy lining their own pockets at public expense and practicing the art of self aggrandizement. But if we did, we might […]
Browsing the "mass extinction" Tag
The number of individual animals in the world — amongst birds, amphibians, mammals, and reptiles, etc. — has been reduced by as much as 50% over the last few decades, a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has found. To put that another way, the last few decades, since […]
Declaring that the sixth mass extinction has arrived, Stanford biologist Paul Ehrlich confirms that species are disappearing off the face of Earth faster now than at any time since the mass extinction of dinosaurs. Calling for “fast action to conserve threatened species, populations and habitat before the window of opportunity closes,” Ehrlich and his team […]
Mammal And Bird Extinctions Will Greatly Increase In Frequency During The Next 40 Years, Research Finds
Human population growth over the next 40 or so years will cause the extinction of a great number of mammal and bird species, according to new research from Ohio State University. The new research states that a typical growing nation should expect at least 3.3% more threatened species in the next decade and an increase […]
by Jared Conner People, As humans, we have long considered the Earth as invincible, unchangeable, and unable to be exploited. The thing is, we are wrong. Because of our flawed beliefs over the last two centuries, we have begun to wound, change, and exploit the Earth. And if we do not unite, forget our differences, and work together to stop and […]
New research has revealed that it took the Earth over 10 million years to recover from its greatest mass extinction. All life on the planet was nearly wiped out 250 million years ago, only 10 percent of plants and animals survived. It’s currently a matter of debate how quickly life recovered from this massive loss […]
New evidence points to rapid collapse of Earth’s species 252 million years ago. Since the first organisms appeared on Earth approximately 3.8 billion years ago, life on the planet has had some close calls. In the last 500 million years, Earth has undergone five mass extinctions, including the event 66 million years ago that wiped […]
Science Round-up: Underground River Found, Ancient Microbes, Early Mammals & A Mass-Killing Methane 'Burp'
My August 2011 Science news roundup: An underground river flowing two miles beneath the Amazon River has been detected; ancient microbes may have been found in 3.46 billion year old Australian sandstone bed (also: a fossil of the earliest mammalian ancestor has been found in China) ; a dinosaur era mass extinction of marine life has been attributed to a massive methane gas release.