It looks like you're using an Ad Blocker.
Please white-list or disable AboveTopSecret.com in your ad-blocking tool.
Some features of ATS will be disabled while you continue to use an ad-blocker.
originally posted by: LDragonFire
From link in the op
So humans are causing the sixth great extinction event, yet how many will deny this?
Drill baby drill!!!!
originally posted by: galadofwarthethird
a reply to: loam
Its always the case when you introduce a superior species in an unconditioned and unprepared environment, but to say thats its all due to human changes is a lie. Planet earth has changed a lot since even the species we have today were walking around even a few hundred years ago, much less thousands and thousands of years or hundreds of thousands. But yes many animal die offs have been due to human expansion, and not only species of bugs or elephants or tigers, but other types of humans as well.
For instance how many Homo habilis do you see walking around today? Or how about how many neanderthals do you see around today? Those that have not integrated into the home sapiens gene pool have either been killed off or died off. There are many types of humans which are not around today.
Since 1500, more than 320 terrestrial vertebrates have become extinct. Populations of the remaining species show a 25 percent average decline in abundance. The situation is similarly dire for invertebrate animal life.
Fungal Lung Infections
Fungi may cause lung disease through direct infection of pulmonary tissue, through infection of pulmonary air spaces/lung cavities, or through their ability to trigger an immunological reaction when fungal material is inhaled. The latter mechanism is involved in cases of allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis, aspergillus-induced asthma and extrinsic allergic alveolitis due to fungi (eg, maltworker's lung, farmer's lung). This article will concentrate on those diseases caused by direct fungal infection of the lung (fungal pneumonias).
Dissemination of fungal infection to other sites such as the brain, meninges, skin, liver, kidneys, adrenal glands, heart, eyes, spleen.
Progressive respiratory failure.
Systemic fungaemia and septic shock.
Blood vessel invasion causing massive haemoptysis, pulmonary infarction, myocardial infarction, cerebral infarction/embolism.
Associated rheumatological complex/pericarditis with endemic fungal pneumonias.
Development of mycetoma in a lung cavity.
Local pulmonary damage causing bronchopleural or tracheo-oesophageal fistulas, mediastinal fibrosis, calcification in pulmonary tree, chronic pulmonary symptoms.
Immunological reaction to fungal antigens.
a reply to: loam
And while previous extinctions have been driven by natural planetary transformations or catastrophic asteroid strikes, the current die-off can be associated to human activity, a situation that the lead author Rodolfo Dirzo, a professor of biology at Stanford, designates an era of "Anthropocene defaunation."
originally posted by: LDragonFire
So humans are causing the sixth great extinction event...?
Or how about how many neanderthals do you see around today?
Hopefully, we can get our heads out of our collective backsides and begin meaningful changes to ensure our survival.
originally posted by: bbracken677
a reply to: soficrow
I would rather (than live with bedbugs, mosquitoes and flies) bring back DDT for limited applications. The only real insecticide that can kill bedbugs effectively is DDT. Which is why we are having such problems with bedbugs in major metro areas.
Endocrine (Hormone) Disruptors
There is mounting concern in the scientific, environmental, private, and governmental sectors on a wide range of substances, known as endocrine disruptors, that may interfere with the normal functioning of a living organism's hormone system. Endocrine disruption has the potential to cause:
immune system, and
neurological problems, and
...DDT (Dichloro-Diphenyl-Trichloroethane) is probably the most notorious pesticide ever. DDT and its breakdown product DDE, like other organochlorines, have been shown to have xenoestrogenic activity; meaning they are chemically similar enough to estrogens to trigger hormonal responses in animals.
DDT Exposure Linked to Obesity Across Generations
...Previous research has linked DDT to increased rates of diabetes, developmental problems, reproductive harm, miscarriages, and certain cancers. In the 1970s, it was also shown to have impacted bald eagle and peregrine falcon populations.
...During the 1950s, the U.S. obesity rate was below three percent. Now, more than one third of Americans are considered obese, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
...Because DDT was such a prominent insecticide in the 1950s and 60s, it is still present in lakes and rivers in the U.S., and continues to affect the ecosystem.
“Literally, DDT is around for hundreds of years,” Skinner said. “This is something that just doesn’t go away.”
Skinner hopes that his research will spur policy makers to reconsider the use of DDT in Africa and other developing countries because other pesticides with a shorter half-life are available.
“Now we need to concern ourselves and reevaluate using DDT,” he said.