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Mass Extinction Threat: Earth on Verge of Huge Reset Button? (and it's all man's fault doncha know)
Yahoo News ^ | Thu Sep 2, 2:30 pm ET | Jeremy Hsu

Posted on 09/03/2010 6:01:21 AM PDT by downtownconservative

Mass extinctions have served as huge reset buttons that dramatically changed the diversity of species found in oceans all over the world, according to a comprehensive study of fossil records. The findings suggest humans will live in a very different future if they drive animals to extinction, because the loss of each species can alter entire ecosystems.

Some scientists have speculated that effects of humans - from hunting to climate change - are fueling another great mass extinction. A few go so far as to say we are entering a new geologic epoch, leaving the 10,000-year-old Holocene Epoch behind and entering the Anthropocene Epoch, marked by major changes to global temperatures and ocean chemistry, increased sediment erosion, and changes in biology that range from altered flowering times to shifts in migration patterns of birds and mammals and potential die-offs of tiny organisms that support the entire marine food chain

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: extinction; fossilrecord; globalwarming; species
When science becomes emotional, it's time to hit the skepticism button. The article suggests that this has been an ongoing feature of life on Earth, but now it's all mankind's fault and/or we could stop all extinction if we put our minds to it.

Scientists today must take a megalomania course just prior to hooding.

1 posted on 09/03/2010 6:01:26 AM PDT by downtownconservative
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To: downtownconservative
Some scientists have speculated...

True scientists don't speculate.

2 posted on 09/03/2010 6:03:19 AM PDT by facedown (Armed in the Heartland)
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To: downtownconservative

The left has gotta provide some cover for James Lee.


3 posted on 09/03/2010 6:04:03 AM PDT by The_Victor (If all I want is a warm feeling, I should just wet my pants.)
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To: downtownconservative

By god let’s get it over with already....


4 posted on 09/03/2010 6:04:18 AM PDT by The Magical Mischief Tour
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To: downtownconservative
Mass Extinction Threat: Earth on Verge of Huge Reset Button?

I always thought that the story of Chicken Little was a children's story . . . . . . . NOT something concocted by Yahoo News.

5 posted on 09/03/2010 6:05:30 AM PDT by DustyMoment
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To: downtownconservative

6 posted on 09/03/2010 6:06:05 AM PDT by John 3_19-21 (A lie told over and over again is still a lie.)
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To: downtownconservative

I see Grant money flowing to study this new crisis.


7 posted on 09/03/2010 6:06:19 AM PDT by Vinnie (You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Jihads You)
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To: Vinnie

I thought the Dodo was extinct. Guess I was wrong.


8 posted on 09/03/2010 6:09:46 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: downtownconservative

These leftists are like little girls who run around screaming on the playground. First it this icky thing then it’s that gross thing. Really, I laugh at how utterly foolish these people are.


9 posted on 09/03/2010 6:10:34 AM PDT by Obadiah (I can see November from my house!)
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To: downtownconservative
I call on all enviro-nutbags to do the right thing - “OFF” yourselves for the sake of the planet!
10 posted on 09/03/2010 6:10:52 AM PDT by ryan71 (Let's Roll!)
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To: downtownconservative

It seems to me the earth had had ‘reset’ buttons punched before before man walked the earth. Man didn’t contribute to the extinction of dinosaurs....man didn’t cause the mammoths to become extinct, man didn’t cause a strip of land from Texas all the way to Canada to be under water. Britain was a tropical jungle at one time, Britain was connected to Europe, I forget how many years ago.

A lot of this planet’s behaviors simply cannot be influenced by mankind. Why do so called ‘scientists’ ignore that?


11 posted on 09/03/2010 6:10:54 AM PDT by Dudoight
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To: The Magical Mischief Tour

Eventually, We are all going to die but the some,namely lefties, seem more terrified of it then others.

If it is my die to go, so be it. Enjoy life, prepare for the next and rid yourself of the fear of death.


12 posted on 09/03/2010 6:11:41 AM PDT by Le Chien Rouge
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To: downtownconservative

When these people go off to set up their own little survival community that is self sustaining, no electricity, no carbon based fuels, then I might take them seriously.


13 posted on 09/03/2010 6:13:47 AM PDT by ryan71 (Let's Roll!)
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To: downtownconservative
I'm gonna hit this button.


14 posted on 09/03/2010 6:14:27 AM PDT by McGruff (How's that Hopey Changey thingy workin for ya?)
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To: downtownconservative

Uhhhh, hasn’t it been shown that environmental changes CAUSE mass extinctions? Earth turning into an ice planet caused some distress to life at the time. The earth covered in material from outer space 65 million years ago from an impact also had some effects on life I hear.


15 posted on 09/03/2010 6:14:27 AM PDT by SengirV
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To: downtownconservative

Is earth going to reset or will it turn the page.


16 posted on 09/03/2010 6:15:30 AM PDT by frposty (I'm a simpleton)
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To: ryan71

When these people start putting their money where their mouths are, and off themselves, then I might take them more seriously.


17 posted on 09/03/2010 6:17:25 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: facedown

Its the carrots I tell you. Everyone . . . EVERYONE who ate carrots 300 years ago is DEAD!


18 posted on 09/03/2010 6:18:30 AM PDT by 70th Division (I love my country but fear my government!)
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To: downtownconservative

I believe they call it evolution. If they had their way, we would be running from dinosaurs today. There is a reason that some species thrive while others die out. It is called survival of the fittest. I agree we do not need to hurry things along, but as some of these species die out, others begin to thrive.


19 posted on 09/03/2010 6:18:39 AM PDT by marstegreg
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To: Vinnie
Grant money?
I think you're right. The author used the D-word in his first sentence. That ought to stir up the wackos.
20 posted on 09/03/2010 6:20:56 AM PDT by ComputerGuy (HM2/USN M/3/3 Marines RVN '66-'67)
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To: downtownconservative
Yep. There is a ocming extinction level event regarding the destruction of habitat for the Egregious grantsucker, a species known to feed at the public trough while managing to mimic the actions of the useful scientist.

Egregious grantsuckers can usually be identified by their distinctive socialist coloration and agenda-driven idealogical migration routes.

21 posted on 09/03/2010 6:22:11 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: downtownconservative

2012...


22 posted on 09/03/2010 6:23:13 AM PDT by stuartcr (Nancy Pelosi-Super MILF.................................Moron I'd Like to Forget)
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To: downtownconservative
Scientists (at least some) seem to be quite double-minded. On the one hand, they talk about extinctions being a part of the evolutionary process. Then they carry on and moan about extinctions.

Which is it guys? Are extinctions a normal part of evolution or aren't they?

23 posted on 09/03/2010 6:23:19 AM PDT by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: downtownconservative
Scientists (at least some) seem to be quite double-minded. On the one hand, they talk about extinctions being a part of the evolutionary process. Then they carry on and moan about extinctions.

Which is it guys? Are extinctions a normal part of evolution or aren't they?

24 posted on 09/03/2010 6:23:27 AM PDT by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: downtownconservative
Scientists (at least some) seem to be quite double-minded. On the one hand, they talk about extinctions being a part of the evolutionary process. Then they carry on and moan about extinctions.

Which is it guys? Are extinctions a normal part of evolution or aren't they?

25 posted on 09/03/2010 6:23:32 AM PDT by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: Smokin' Joe
"ocming"="coming"...

Sheesh! More coffee!

26 posted on 09/03/2010 6:24:16 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: 70th Division
Everyone . . . EVERYONE who ate carrots 300 years ago is DEAD!

You know, that's right.....even all the rabbits.

27 posted on 09/03/2010 6:28:03 AM PDT by facedown (Armed in the Heartland)
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To: MEGoody

The plain and simple fact is that 99% of all species have gone extinct over the history of earth.

Everybody panic NOW!


28 posted on 09/03/2010 6:31:06 AM PDT by PilotDave (No, really, you just can't make this stuff up!!!)
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To: downtownconservative
Bye Bye now!

Not worried about any disasters that “scientists” warn us about since they've been lying about global warming for the past two decades.

It will take years to build up trust in any scientist after the crazy speculations they have been paid to tell us.

It's got to be frustrating to real scientists.

29 posted on 09/03/2010 6:31:40 AM PDT by PATRIOT1876 (Language, Borders, Culture, Full employment for those here legally)
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To: dfwgator
When these people start putting their money where their mouths are, and off themselves, then I might take them more seriously.

We agree on that. It's a real conversation stopper when you tell it to their faces. When they come up with a lame excuse for why they don't want to sacrifice themselves on the green altar, I usually add something along the lines of "you're a typical liberal, wanting to benefit from the sacrifice of others, but unwilling to sacrifice yourself."

30 posted on 09/03/2010 6:32:55 AM PDT by IYAS9YAS (Liberalism can be summed up thusly: someone craps their pants and we all have to wear diapers)
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To: ryan71

*I call on all enviro-nutbags to do the right thing - “OFF” yourselves for the sake of the planet!*

They take VHMET way too seriously.


31 posted on 09/03/2010 6:32:57 AM PDT by PATRIOT1876 (Language, Borders, Culture, Full employment for those here legally)
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To: 70th Division
*Its the carrots I tell you. Everyone . . . EVERYONE who ate carrots 300 years ago is DEAD!*

It’s also the dihydrogen monoxide.
Every one of the Founding Fathers ingested some of this stuff and there is not a single one left alive!

32 posted on 09/03/2010 6:40:43 AM PDT by PATRIOT1876 (Language, Borders, Culture, Full employment for those here legally)
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To: 70th Division

*Its the carrots I tell you. Everyone . . . EVERYONE who ate carrots 300 years ago is DEAD!*

It’s also the dihydrogen monoxide.
Every one of the Founding Fathers ingested some of this stuff and there is not a single one left alive!


33 posted on 09/03/2010 6:42:29 AM PDT by PATRIOT1876 (Language, Borders, Culture, Full employment for those here legally)
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To: downtownconservative
"Some scientists . . ." Blah, blah, blah, and that means it's fact. We're all doomed. I guess these are the same lame intellects who have put forward the AGW scam then suppressed any dissenting opinions.

These Chicken Little scientists make their living off of the gloom and doom industry. Some clown comes up with a new "more accurate" way of counting animal life and suddenly we're all doomed. Yeah, well what if you ESTIMATES and you technique are flawed? Oh, that never occurred to you, eh?

The arrogance of these ivory towered elites is pathetic. The "Scientific Method" that drove all science for the past couple of centuries is dead. Now it's come up with a theory and carefully cull the data to prove your wonderfulness. Isaac Newton and most of the scientist of the past must be rolling in their graves at this modern pseudo-science.

These guys have made their careers cherry-picking data and conspiring to keep themselves on the gravy train at the expense of the tax-payer and truth.

Really pathetic. The sad thing is that the education system has so dumbed down the people that they are incapable of discerning fact from mere conjecture and snake oil advertising from serious science.
34 posted on 09/03/2010 6:46:54 AM PDT by Sudetenland (Slow to anger but terrible in vengence...such is the character of the American people.)
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To: downtownconservative; markomalley; Dr. Bogus Pachysandra; Nipfan; rdl6989; Tunehead54; Clive; ...
 


Beam me to Planet Gore !

35 posted on 09/03/2010 6:48:46 AM PDT by steelyourfaith ("Release the Second Chakra !!!!!!!" ... Al Gore, 10/24/06)
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To: Le Chien Rouge
Enjoy life, prepare for the next and rid yourself of the fear of death.

If only everyone could apply that how much happier they would be. Liberals do just the opposite which explains their unhappiness.

36 posted on 09/03/2010 7:19:35 AM PDT by BipolarBob (Even the earth is bipolar.)
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To: Le Chien Rouge
Enjoy life, prepare for the next and rid yourself of the fear of death.

If only everyone could apply that how much happier they would be. Liberals do just the opposite which explains their unhappiness.

37 posted on 09/03/2010 7:21:50 AM PDT by BipolarBob (Even the earth is bipolar.)
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To: downtownconservative

Just because all the leftists are going extinct, I don’t see any cause for alarm.

There can be only one!


38 posted on 09/03/2010 9:36:50 AM PDT by SouthTexas
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