The sixth mass extinction event

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MegB
The sixth mass extinction event

Science tells us the planet has experienced at least five mass extinction events. Will climate change herald the sixth?

Slumberjack

Apparently our region of space is on it's second Sun, with the first one having exploded to create the current solar system.  Our bodily atoms are part of that explosion.  Whatever the future holds for mass extinction events, I pity whatever has to walk or crawl around after we're gone, with all of the unmitigated nuclear radiation that will have been released.  Even so, there is a certain amount of comfort in the fact that ultimately, what humans have wrought in our time is not destined to last forever.  Even the worst of our poisons will deteriorate over time.

NDPP

Slumberjack wrote:

  Even so, there is a certain amount of comfort in the fact that ultimately, what humans have wrought in our time is not destined to last forever.  Even the worst of our poisons will deteriorate over time.

some humans have wrought...others not. But does look like Mother N has finally had enough.

Temperature Rise

http://arctic-news.blogspot.ca/2015/01/temperature-rise.html

"The year 2014 was the warmest year across global land and ocean surfaces since records began in 1880, writes NOAA, adding the graph below..."

MegB

Ten years, at best, before climate change is irreversible. A matter of decades before the change becomes catastrophic. Go tar sands!

Doug Woodard

Decline of the world's rarest ape:

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-33776466

 

NDPP

Vandana Shiva: 'We Must Fight Back Against the One Percent To Stop the Sixth Mass Extinction

https://youtu.be/GwxOxQ1AOEg

Better wake up...

NDPP

Hedges: Extinction Rebellion

https://www.truthdig.com/articles/extinction-rebellion/

"There is one desperate chance left to thwart the impending ecocide and extinction of the human species. We must, in wave after wave, carry out nonviolent acts of civil disobedience to shut down the capabilities of the major industrial countries.

The British-based group Extinction Rebellion has called for non-violent acts of civil disobedience on  April 15 in capitals around the world to reverse our 'one-way track to extinction.' I do not know if this effort will succeed. But I do know it is the only mechanism left to force action  by the ruling elites.

If we do not shake off our lethargy, our anomie and resist our misery, despondency and feelings of helplessness will mount. We will become paralyzed. Resistance, especially given the bleakness before us, is about more than living. It is about a life of meaning. It is about empowerment. It is a public declaration that we will no longer live according to the dominant lie. It is a message to the elites:  YOU DO NOT OWN US..."

NDPP

Bolsonaro, Trudeau et al: Exterminators in Chief

https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/02/28/bolsonaro-trudeau-et-al-extermin...

"I read the Canadian news today. 'Pipeline expansion should be approved: regulator.' Today the regulators ignorantly, negligently, criminally and in contempt of life, yet again gave the go-ahead to money over incontestable science.

Liberal democratic Canada is in league with Brazil's military dictatorship and the Lima Group in overthrowing the Maduro government and in deforesting the 'lungs of the Earth'. Theirs is a triple crime, of thrice proliferating greenhouse gas emissions at this time of the Earth's sixth great extinction event.

Are these arbiters of life on Earth, Trudeau and Bolsonaro et al, subject to the Nuremberg laws on individual responsiblity, with the implication that decision makers need to be fully informed and not just claim to follow orders?

The 'ostrich defense', burying one's head in the sand, and evasion through plausible deniability, are fundamentally dishonest. The decisions about pipelines, the tar-sands, deforestation of the boreal and tropical forests, reflect extreme disregard of facts about the state of the climate.

Alarmingly, not knowing, for multiple reasons, characterizes all levels of governmental and non-governmental bodies..."

And most of the other bodies that should be pitting themselves against this corporate capitalist ecocide as well.