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  • New UN Report on Looming Mass Extinctions Exposed in US House Testimony

    05/23/2019 11:45:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Townhall ^ | 05/23/2019 | Gregory Wrightstone
    A new UN report warns that “around 1 million species already face extinction, many within decades.” That allegation was contained within the 1,800-page Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) “Summary for Policy Makers,” released on May 6. If “decades” means 30 to 40 years, then the IPBES estimates an extinction rate of about 25,000 to 30,000 species annually. Not only are there a lot of species in peril, they asserted that “the threat of extinction is also accelerating” and “most of the total extinction risk to species is estimated to have arisen in the past 40 years.” The US...
  • Nature declining at unprecedented rate, UN study warns

    05/06/2019 9:51:31 AM PDT · by rktman · 76 replies
    irishexaminer.com ^ | 5/6/2019 | unknown
    Wildlife and habitats are declining at an unprecedented rate worldwide which directly threatens human beings, a major new study has warned. Up to a million species of plants and animals are at risk of extinction, a greater number than ever before in human history. Many could vanish within decades, the UN-backed global assessment reveals. Scientists warn that the natural world is deteriorating faster than ever as a direct result of human activity, eroding the very foundations of economies, livelihoods, food, health and quality of life worldwide. A huge transformation is needed across the economy and society to protect and restore...
  • Dinosaur fossils kept secret for years show the day of killer asteroid

    04/01/2019 7:03:20 AM PDT · by ETL · 65 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | April 1, 2019 | Chris Ciaccia | Fox News
    The researchers say they found evidence in North Dakota of the asteroid hit in Mexico, including fish with hot glass in their gills from flaming debris that showered back down on Earth. They also reported the discovery of charred trees, evidence of an inland tsunami and melted amber. Additionally, University of Amsterdam professor Jan Smit said he and his colleagues found footsteps from dinosaurs moments before they met their untimely death. Smit said the footprints one from a plant-eating hadrosaur and the other of a meat eater, maybe a small Tyrannosaurus Rex is "definite proof that the dinosaurs...
  • 66 million-year-old deathbed linked to dinosaur-killing meteor

    03/29/2019 10:25:37 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 64 replies
    UC Berkeley News ^ | 3/29/19 | Robert Sanders
    66 million-year-old deathbed linked to dinosaur-killing meteor By Robert Sanders, Media relations| March 29, 2019March 29, 2019 Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) A meteor impact 66 million years ago generated a tsunami-like wave in an inland sea that killed and buried fish, mammals, insects and a dinosaur, the first victims of Earths last mass extinction event. The death scene from within an hour of...
  • Great white sharks likely pushed the massive megalodon to extinction

    02/14/2019 4:31:58 PM PST · by jonascord · 27 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | February 13, 2019 | [BGR News] Mike Wehner
    Taking a dip in the ocean and coming face to face with a predator of the deep would be enough to scare anyone. Modern day great white sharks are intimidating creatures, but they wouldnt have held a candle to the ancient super-sized beast known as megalodon. The long-extinct shark has been the subject of many research efforts in the past, with scientists attempting to determine when and where it lived, and perhaps even figure out why its no longer around. Now, new fossil evidence suggests that the colossal creature actually died off quite a bit earlier than was originally thought,...
  • Great white sharks likely pushed the massive megalodon to extinction

    02/14/2019 1:04:05 PM PST · by EveningStar · 36 replies
    BGR ^ | February 13, 2019 | Mike Wehner
    Taking a dip in the ocean and coming face to face with a predator of the deep would be enough to scare anyone. Modern day great white sharks are intimidating creatures, but they wouldnt have held a candle to the ancient super-sized beast known as megalodon. The long-extinct shark has been the subject of many research efforts in the past, with scientists attempting to determine when and where it lived, and perhaps even figure out why its no longer around. Now, new fossil evidence suggests that the colossal creature actually died off quite a bit earlier than was originally thought,...
  • Plummeting insect numbers 'threaten collapse of nature'

    02/11/2019 1:52:51 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 90 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 2/10/19 | Damian Carrington
    The worlds insects are hurtling down the path to extinction, threatening a catastrophic collapse of natures ecosystems, according to the first global scientific review. More than 40% of insect species are declining and a third are endangered, the analysis found. The rate of extinction is eight times faster than that of mammals, birds and reptiles. The total mass of insects is falling by a precipitous 2.5% a year, according to the best data available, suggesting they could vanish within a century. The planet is at the start of a sixth mass extinction in its history, with huge losses already reported...
  • Clemson Professor Calls For Human Extinction To Protect Environment

    01/28/2019 6:41:09 AM PST · by blam · 101 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1-28-2019 | Tom Ciccotta
    A Clemson philosophy argued recently that he wants all humans to die off as a punishment for their treatment of animals and the environment. Since his article was published in the New York Times, he has refused to defend his opinion. According to a report from The College Fix, Clemson University Professor Todd May recently called for the end of human existence and has refused to defend his argument. May argued that humans do far more bad than good. What are humanitys worst crimes according to the professor? These include oppression of animals and destruction of the environment. The New...
  • Scientists Predict Mass Extinction Could Be Triggered By 2100

    08/04/2018 7:57:53 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 89 replies
    July 28, 2018Earth, Environment Scientists Predict Mass Extinction Could Be Triggered By 2100 by Ben Renner BOSTON Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) predict that by 2100, the earths oceans will contain so much carbon that a sixth mass extinction will begin. This is not saying that disaster occurs the next day, explains Daniel Rothman, a professor of geophysics in the MIT Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, about his recent study in a media release. Its saying that, if left unchecked, the carbon cycle would move into a realm which would be no longer stable,...
  • Empty half the Earth of its humans. It's the only way to save the planet

    03/21/2018 3:16:49 AM PDT · by C19fan · 107 replies
    UK Guardian ^ | March 20, 2018 | Kim Stanley Robinson
    Discussing cities is like talking about the knots in a net: theyre crucial, but theyre only one part of the larger story of the net and what its supposed to do. It makes little sense to talk about knots in isolation when its the net that matters. The 100 million city: is 21st century urbanisation out of control? Cities are part of the system weve invented to keep people alive on Earth. People tend to like cities, and have been congregating in them ever since the invention of agriculture, 10,000 or so years ago. Thats why we call it civilisation....
  • Macron Warns and Woos Faith Leaders On Bioethics Reforms

    01/20/2018 9:38:56 AM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 4 replies
    The Tablet ^ | Jan 9, 2018 | Tom Heneghan
    This French secularism, which sometimes surprises our neighbours, is a powerful cement in a country torn by so many wars of religion." - Emmanuel Macron President Emmanuel Macron has hinted at controversial changes in Frances bioethics law this year at the same time as he invited the countrys religious leaders to participate fully in the public debate about reforms the Catholic Church opposes. Addressing senior clergy at a New Years reception, the president said his role was to ensure both that France debated the bioethics reforms seriously and that it adapted its laws responsibly to changes in technology and society....
  • Spotlight on procreation rights as France begins sweeping bioethics debate

    01/20/2018 9:30:05 AM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 2 replies
    France 24 ^ | Jan 18, 2018 | Solange Mougin
    France on Wednesday kicked off a marathon round of talks designed to inform the countrys legislation on bioethics, with the government hoping to avoid a repeat of the poisonous debate that hijacked the legalisation of same-sex marriage. The six-month consultation, involving scientists, medical practitioners and legal experts from across France, will lead to a revised bioethics law, slated for later this year. It will touch on a broad range of subjects, from legalizing euthanasia to the development of artificial intelligence. Some of the topics up for discussion represent a political minefield in France, and President Emmanuel Macron will be keen...
  • Six Species Face Extinction in 2018

    12/29/2017 12:56:07 PM PST · by packrat35 · 31 replies
    The Weather Channel ^ | 12/28/2017 | The Weather Channel
    Time is running out for these animals at risk of disappearing forever.
  • Massive anomaly lurks beneath ice in Antarctica

    12/29/2016 2:12:09 PM PST · by heterosupremacist · 64 replies
    http://nypost.com ^ | 12/29/2016 | Jasper hamill
    Scientists believe a massive object that could change our understanding of history is hidden beneath the Antarctic ice. The huge and mysterious anomaly is thought to be lurking beneath the frozen wastes of an area called Wilkes Land. The area is 151 miles across and has a minimum depth of about 2,700 feet. Some researchers believe it is the remains of a truly massive asteroid more than twice the size of the Chicxulub space rock that wiped out the dinosaurs. If this explanation is true, it could mean this killer asteroid caused the Permian-Triassic extinction event, which killed 96 percent...
  • Yazidis in Turkey on the verge of extinction

    04/30/2017 7:29:42 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 7 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 04/27/17 | Uzay Bulut
    A Yazidi cemetery has been vandalized in the southeastern city of Şanlıurfa in Turkey, the Turkish news site Gazete Karınca reported. The graves in the Yazidi cemetery of Zewra village were damaged by “unknown individuals” on the night of the referendum on the Turkish constitution, April 16. The Yazidi Cultural Foundation condemned the attacks in a written statement, saying in part: “Just as ISIS [Islamic State] attacks graves and shrines and exhibits its inhumane character, those who attacked our dead also revealed their own mentality.”Yazidis, or Yezidis, are a Kurdish-speaking ethno-religious community indigenous to northern Mesopotamia. Their ancient faith, Yazidism, has a...
  • Michael Moore Loses It (Again): Warns Of "Extinction Of Human Life Due To Donald Trump"

    03/29/2017 5:44:32 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 26 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 03/29/17 | Tyler Durden
    In reaction to President Trump's roll-back of a number of President Obama's environmental protection and climate change regulations, Leftist documentary-maker Michael Moore lost it... "Trump has signed orders killing all of Obama's climate change regulations. The EPA is prohibited henceforth from focusing on climate change." But he was not done... as he sees the most dire outcome from this terrifying regulatory roll-back... "Historians in the near future will mark today, March 28, 2017, as the day the extinction of human life on earth began, thanks 2 Donald Trump" So to be clear, global humanity is destined for extinction because America...
  • Population Controllers to Vatican: Responsible Parenthood Has Failed. Use Taxes and Regulations'

    03/02/2017 7:38:22 PM PST · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 3/2/17 | Jeanne Smits
    March 2, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) -- Population controllers told the Vatican at a conference this week that the Catholic teaching of responsible parenthood in determining family size has result[ed] in collective failure in reducing the worlds population. They suggested that the only way to stop the exhaustion of humanitys natural capital is by imposing a system of taxes and regulations that would help modify social norms of behaviour. This weeks Vatican symposium on Biological Extinction, sponsored by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences was a closed-door event. Speaking at the event were two controversial figures,...
  • Artificial human life could soon be grown in lab after embryo breakthrough

    03/02/2017 1:59:22 PM PST · by HLPhat · 92 replies
    The Telegraph UK ^ | 2 MARCH 2017 7:00PM | Sarah Knapton
    Artificial human life could soon be grown from scratch in the lab, after scientists successfully created a mammal embryo using only stem cells. Cambridge University mixed two kinds of mouse stem cells and placed them on a 3D scaffold. After four days of growth in a tank of chemicals designed to mimic conditions inside the womb, the cells formed the structure of a living mouse embryo. The breakthrough has been described as a masterpiece in bioengineering, which could eventually allow scientists to grow artificial human embryos in the lab without the need for a sperm or an egg.
  • Biologists say half of all species could be extinct by end of century

    02/26/2017 7:23:16 AM PST · by brucedickinson · 73 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | 2-25-2017 | Robin McKie
    Rich western countries are now siphoning up the planets resources and destroying its ecosystems at an unprecedented rate, said biologist Paul Ehrlich, of Stanford University in California. We want to build highways across the Serengeti to get more rare earth minerals for our cellphones. We grab all the fish from the sea, wreck the coral reefs and put carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. We have triggered a major extinction event. The question is: how do we stop it?
  • Greeks in Turkey on the Verge of Extinction

    02/15/2017 7:02:26 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 22 replies
    Clarion Project ^ | February 15, 2017 | Uzay Bulut
    This population decline of Greeks in Turkey has not been due to natural causes but rather the result of state-sponsored attacks and pressure. The current Greek population in Turkey is estimated at fewer than 2,000.  But this population decline was not due to natural causes; the Greek community has become nearly extinct due to many state-sponsored attacks and pressure.The largest attacks took place during the last years of the Ottoman Empire with pogroms and discrimination continuing until the present day.In 2007, the International Association of Genocide Scholars (IAGS) announced that “the Ottoman campaign against Christian minorities of the Empire between...