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Earth is Nearing 6th Great Extinction New Study Says

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posted on May, 31 2014 @ 08:04 AM
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originally posted by: roadgravel
a reply to: charles1952

From a the link in the first article is was referring to

"It calculated a "death rate" of how many species become extinct each year out of 1 million species."


Thanks, I found the original article now. My apologies for besmirching the actual researchers.

Staggering numbers.

The "before man" rate of extinction, (0.01% per 1m species per year) they base their comparison on is difficult to comprehend.




posted on May, 31 2014 @ 08:07 AM
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originally posted by: roadgravel
a reply to: charles1952

Hard to believe a difference of 1 versus 1000. Almost sounds like nature in general plays a big part in it.



I got the impression the "1000 times greater rate" was in relation to the 0.01 % per Million per year, not 1 versus 1000.



posted on May, 31 2014 @ 08:09 AM
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I would think determining the actual numbers over such a long time is difficult. Wonder how much error is in it.



posted on May, 31 2014 @ 08:12 AM
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What they are not saying is that a thousand new species is also discovered each years, some being species THOUGHT to be extinct.

Our blue ball is a big one, despite it being "tiny" compared tour "tiny" sun.

You can find lots of links about new species in a search engine, and even threads about it on ATS.



posted on May, 31 2014 @ 09:33 AM
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We are causing way more damage to our environment than we should. This will lead to the death of most of us in the next hundred years, the rest will be forced to work hard just to survive, way harder than we would have back two hundred years ago. We could slow this down, but most people would have to change their lifestyle and all chemical companies would have to be banned. We need to be part of nature, not destroy nature.



posted on May, 31 2014 @ 10:06 AM
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the Holocene_extinction is well under way. Not new, about 10 000 years in the making.



posted on May, 31 2014 @ 02:54 PM
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All of the sudden, this study doesn't matter.

www.nationalgeographic.com...

Sooner or later, we will fix these problems. Stop being so cynical. We are humanity, don't bring yourselves down with this doom-porn. We have limitless potential to make this world, and beyond.



posted on May, 31 2014 @ 06:47 PM
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a reply to: cocointelpro

Ah, well it might now be fitting time to suggest that there may in fact be a conspiracy to keep humanity from that potential? Because in thousands of years we seem to be repeating destructive patterns.



posted on May, 31 2014 @ 07:33 PM
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6th mass extinction has already begun duh...i've already come to terms with near term extinction, we're probably not going to make it past this century. there are many different ways to get there - global warming (underestimated and denied by too many), fallout (fukushima is grossly underestimated), superbugs, methane bomb, capitalism, AI and many many more.

it's too easy to say stuff like "well technology will save us" and whatnot...the problems are just too many and too big. time is running out
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posted on Jun, 1 2014 @ 08:05 AM
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the earth will be just fine, when we are no more.
It will cook up something other.



posted on Jun, 1 2014 @ 08:14 AM
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I think mankind is a rather unintelligent animal, in a practical sense. I think Whites have the most common sense, but still not quite enough, for example, you can pretty much fix almost any problem, by having a world news channel, but most won't even think of that. Technology can either be used for good, or evil. And then you have a certain Asian country still having WWII mentality, so senseless.

What I propose is that only a few people use the Internet each day, learn only the most practical knowledge, and share them. We also need more non-electronic diversions such as Monopoly(with a slight modification to it, it is a very interesting game that could take a whole day to play), and more interesting books to read, more parks to go to, more kids playing sports, etc. I think what happens is that we are entering the Industrial/Electronic Age, way too fast(remember that the Agriculture Age lasted about 5000 years or so). We are not learning the consequences enough, and not allowing new technology such as Solar Power to catch up quickly enough.



posted on Jun, 1 2014 @ 08:25 AM
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a reply to: MeteoraXV



That's proof that humans have probably been revived by a higher species in the past. However, you have to try to avoid things like global warming, WWIII(the game's difficulty level has just increased, so to speak), lest you start out at the last save point.


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posted on Jun, 2 2014 @ 01:02 AM
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If I understand, the major concern in this thread is the loss of species. Maybe I can help.


A 5-million-year-old saber-toothed cat, the world’s oldest grape and a bizarre hermit crab were among more than 100 new species discovered by a team of scientists last year. Driven in part by the urgency to document new species as natural habitats and fossil sites decline due to human influences, researchers described 16 new genera and 103 new species of plants and animals in 2013, with some research divisions anticipating higher numbers for 2014.


www.sciencedaily.com...


A brand new cell part that flavors wine, a flower that depends on "footlong" moth tongues and a list of about 1,000 new species are the stories that topped my list of the most impressive things we learned about plants last year.


www.huffingtonpost.com...

My immediate response? We're fine, thank you very much.




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