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Earth Facing Sixth Mass Extinction

    July 26, 2014
    Mike Fossum
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The Earth may be on the brink of a sixth mass extinction, due to human activity, according to the academic journal Science.

The Earth’s most recent mass extinction event occurred roughly 65 million years ago, when an asteroid wiped out 75% of all existing species, including the dinosaurs.

Commenting on the progression of Earth’s present defaunation, or loss of species, Science author Sacha Vignieri said, “human impacts on animal biodiversity are an under-recognized form of global environmental change. Among terrestrial vertebrates, 322 species have become extinct since 1500, and populations of the remaining species show 25% average decline in abundance.”

The team of biologists and ecologists who contributed to the study revealed that a third of all vertebrates on the planet are presently threatened or endangered. Vignieri cites “overexploitation, habitat destruction and impacts from invasive species” as ongoing threats, but warns that climate change due to human activity will emerge as the leading cause of defaunation. Likewise, diseases that come from pathogens introduced by humans have become a factor.

Paleoecologists estimate that modern man has driven approximately 1,000 species into extinction during our 200,000 years on the planet. Since the sixteenth century, man has killed off hundreds of animals, including the passenger pigeon and the Tasmanian tiger. According to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, there are another 20,000 species threatened today.

Though, research has suggested that the widening extinction trend can be reversed.

Humans presently use half of the planet’s unfrozen land for cities, logging or agriculture. Reforestation and restoration of lost habitats, coupled with relocation and recolonization efforts can assist in the “refaunation” of species driven from their native locales.

Based on data published in Nature in 2011, it will take a century or two to assure another mass extinction event at the present rate of global depredation.

Image via Wikimedia Commons


  • Josh Quinn

    How is the most recent exstinction event 65 million years ago? What about the mega mammals?

    • SabanNation

      MASS Extinction Event.

    • William Fuzi

      actually they have no clue when the last extinction was, because they can only use the layers of sediment to judge, because their other methods always come back with the same age, or younger fossils at deeper layers.

      • VRJensen1 .

        No Clue….as in it could have been Yesterday!!!….Oh No, Run!!! 😉

    • Gypsy Fox

      I was thinking the same thing Josh. Scientists are POSITIVE that somewhere along the line all of our DNA and proven similar shared ancestry was narrowed down (from what it had prior been before) to what THEY term as a “bottle neck effect” tens of thousands of years ago somewhere around the same time as the MASSIVE Mount Toba (super caldera) eruption in Indonesia. One of the most catastrophic ever effecting all of Earth’s climate with it’s ash clouds that blocked out the sun for months or even years. It was right up there with eruptions of similar enormous size from Yellowstone which also could have been the culprit. In any case you are RIGHT there have been mass extinction events that directly and dangerously effected the survival of mankind and much more recently than this video mentions.

  • Fred Flintstone

    What a surprise!! Now it’s mass extinction if we don’t cripple our energy companies like the Marxist, anarchists, and Democrats…. oops, same thing…. want. Sacha now gets her name in the news and no doubt will double down on grant money to study…. climate change!!! Most of us are hoping for a mass extinction of the loonies that practice the religion of global warming. Amazing how the level of catastrophe increases as the the data to support their religion decreases. BTW, just how did those mile thick glaciers that covered North America down to northern KS manage to melt back to present locations without coal and oil and SUV’s? Anybody….? Must have been those polluting cave dwellers lighting all those campfires…..

    • SabanNation

      If you’re too stupid to understand and trust science then you should probably just keep your pie hole shut on articles that relate to science. I’m sure there’s a Jesus Loves Everybody I Love article somewhere for you.

      • kb

        Based on his seeming lack of intelligence and excess of right-wingnuttery, I think it would be a fair assumption that he actually is Fred Flintstone, posting comments from the same backwards prehistory cesspool where he ‘learned’ the idiocy he spouts.

    • http://batman-news.com Mr. Elixir

      Wow… ignorance is… bitter… It’s ok Fred, you may have to learn how to use those flint stones again some day.

    • event horizon

      Fred: We are all in a wooden boat that needs repair because there is a hole in it. I see people that want to help then I look over at you and I see you have a chain saw with a insane gleam in your eyes.

    • Keith Oliver

      Why don’t you shut your Fracking mouth tea bag fascist!

      • $115123323

        Frack all of us, Lefty!

    • $115123323

      What did Eco-Socialists use before candles?

      Electricity!

      • RSerling

        What did goose-stepping right wing morons use before candles? They prayed.

    • ImpStout

      You sad people attacking Fred…. Get your hypocritical axes back into your fake lives and leave your self-righteous BS to the fake politicians.

    • VRJensen1 .

      Or we could Ignore the problem in the name of Preserving the wealth of the Elite Monopoly Barons in stead of giving our economy a boost and creating jobs by diversifying our energy portfolio….Sure what the Hell lets Destroy the Planet so the Rich can continue to Rob Us Blind. As Long as we don’t have to put up any Solar Panels…that would be Terrible!

  • Randy Lee

    One or two centuries? Please, as stupid as we are now mankind will have killed itself off long before that happens. Then the “refaunation” of the species can begin again. And when man arrives again, maybe we can figure out how to keep stupid agenda driven liberals out of our lives so we stand a better chance of surviving next time.

    • event horizon

      @ Randy Lee :no next time for you. You have sealed your fate. you will have to “stay back on earth waiting for rebirth” and the earth will get worse because of people like you. Do you not see the plan? The good spirits will advance to the next evolutionary level and the bad ones will get to stay on the dyeing planet your attitude created. too bad so sad.

      • kmitchem4

        im gonna hold u hear with us event dumbass…there is no spliting of a planet…u will die but thinking ur being split in two by the world falling apart from natural universe events…dumbass

        • RSerling

          ….he said hiding behind his computer

  • redwolf28

    Humans are the scourge of environmental and wildlife wellbeing.

    • event horizon

      @ redwolf28: exactly and you are seeing the destruction in place of H. sapian as we read. global warming petro slop in the food supply the elimination of important eco-systems and we can go on. h. sapian is being held accountable.

      • patmyass

        What always amazes me are those that decry the human race and how there are too many of us. How we are responsible for all the ills of the world. Why don’t you lead the way and inspire others and be the first to reduce the surplus population.

  • Ispeak4America

    If we could limit this to muslim terrorists (yes, I know that is redundant), the future would be rosy.

  • josh laughlin

    what we need is a mass extinction of illegals out of the united states and we need a serious mass extinction of the islam religion off the entire planet! those things need to be purged from existence!! that will be a well welcomed mass extinction as far as im concerned!!

    • RSerling

      Yes, and please let’s have a mass extinction of ALL religions, as we have outgrown fantasy and superstition (except for conservatives, of course; the haven’t outgrown much of anything)

      • NoBody

        I’ve always known you low-lives were evil.

  • event horizon

    The message was given in 1972: Moody Blues Every Good Boy Deserves Favor ” MY SONG Mike Pinder you tube music and video. while you listen to this think about your beautiful planet being destroyed by a greedy mutant genetic species H. sapian.

  • R Cunningham

    Godzilla will save us!!

    • event horizon

      @ Rich: something like that but with the magnetic fields. The angels have control of the magnetic fields and are going to reek havoc on H. sapian ( I think I do not know)

  • event horizon

    You Tube Music and Video : Moody Blues ” Every Good Boy Deserves Favor” ” MY SONG Mike Pinder hurry they delete this kind of stuff on this blog quit censoring this?

  • Kung Fu Panda

    “If your too stupid to trust science…” LOL! Has science ever led us astray… HMMMMM
    Well, except for their being no proof in most articals that come out these days (most are speculative and many are outrageous)… Lets take a look at past experience of how science has let us astray.
    1st) Remember when science taught that the earth was flat? Much like many articals that come out today, they “talk the talk” but when the truth is always the truth. If there is no proof than you risk standing behind men that simply dont know (even the smartest men around can think the earth is flat…)
    2nd) Remember “Piltdown Man” – It was made up by scientists and than it was discovered they misled people and it was a hoax.
    3rd) Remember “Nebraska Man” – See Number 2 above
    4th) Remember “Java Man”- See Number 2 above
    5th) Remember “Neanderthal Man”- See Number 2 above
    6th) Remember “Lucy”- See Number 2 above
    7th) Remember “Orce Man”- Hmmm, ummm…See number 2 above
    IN ALL THESE CASES AND THERE ARE MANY MORE, SCIENTISTS MISLED THE MASSES TO EARN THEIR CREDIBILITY AND THEY WERE ALL PUBLISHED AS FACT (SOME FOR MANY YEARS) AND PEOPLE SAID “YOUR A FOOL IF YOU DONT BELIEVE SCIENCE.”
    There have been many good things that have come from the all of the scientific community. There have however been many bad occurences as well. My suggestion to those who are “thinkers” is to question everything you read unless there is concrete evidence of the “theories” themselves. To those of you who believe science no matter what…well, I am warning my children about people like you.

    • RSerling

      What on earth are you talking about? Piltdown Man was a hoax , Java Man (homo erectus) Neanderthal Man ( h. sapiens neanderthalensis) and Lucy were certainly not. And surely you cannot expect anyone to take seriously an assertion that scientists told us the earth was flat.

    • disqus-ting

      its sad you have children in the 1st place.

  • Miguel L

    Changes like this is bound to happen. It has happened before and will happen again. Maybe this time Democrats will go exstinct

    • RSerling

      Maybe Republicans will learn to spell too – but I’m not holding my breath. (“exstinct” – lol typical RePube)

  • Laura Breidenbach

    Article suggests relocation. Where?

  • ThomasPainetheV

    While I agree that the Author is short on facts, he is essentially correct. for those who need all the depressing facts read on;

    All have heard the theory of evolution, that simply put states species evolve and adapt to their environment
    these changes allow them to compete and survive in the ever changing world. For
    others perhaps its more palatable to describe it as the “the law of the jungle”
    or “survival of the fittest” in any format the fact is that species adapt to
    their environment to improve its chance for survival. Even humans adapt when the plaque killed over
    a third of the world’s population those that survived were those who developed
    immunity to the bacteria that we now know cause the disease. In the Andes of South America and the Himalayas,
    the people who live in the high altitudes are born with enlarged hearts to
    better pump oxygen through their bodies.
    This change in a person living at lower altitudes would be seen as a
    birth defect , which would shorten one’s life. Instead it is an adaptation that
    allows one to process life giving oxygen more efficiently at high altitudes. Adaptation
    allows species to live in environmental extremes around the world , while the world
    goes through its normal cycle of environmental changes. Most of the time, a status of equilibrium allows for the survivability of a species
    which is dependent on changes in the
    environment occurring at a pace that the species can adapt and survive without
    concern of extinction. Even singular extinction events such as a
    pandemic disease, a substantial meteor
    impact of super volcanic eruption if they occur with no other extinction event during the same
    time period is usually survivable by the dominant species.

    An extinction event covers many
    categories some caused by nature, and some now may be caused by mankind . Approximately 750,000 years ago we know a
    super volcano erupted and wiped out 90
    percent of the human species, directly
    or indirectly. Fortunately no other
    extinction event occurred at or near the same time as the surviving population
    recovered from the event . Yes, they had flooding, crop failure, volcanic
    winter and the rest of nature’s pit
    falls to overcome, but no other true
    extinction event to contend with such as a pandemic plague or a loss of a major
    food supply occurred. So I am here
    today writing about what might have been in the past. Human caused extinction events are a unique
    phenomenon, only currently possible in the last century. I speak not only the advent of nuclear power,
    which first comes to mind but also the unintended consequences that humanities population
    expansion has placed on the Earth’s natural resources and environment. For the first time, a species on this planet
    has developed the capacity of causing its own extinction.

    Species extinction, to most people
    seems to occur randomly and through some catastrophic event that wipes out the
    species in one felled swoop. The science of paleontology recognizes five
    periods in which global extinction events occurred. The
    most famous known example of such an extinction event occurred 250 million
    years ago when a meteor the size of
    Mount Everest hit the earth in the region we know call the gulf of Mexico causing
    in theory the extinction of the dinosaurs throughout the world. The problem with this theory is that while
    the meteor was certainly an extinction event it alone was not enough to cause
    the demise of a species which had survived for hundreds of millions of years
    and had spread out and filled every environmental niche possible. Also similar extinction events like the
    eruption of super volcanoes before caused similar climate changes without
    wiping out the dinosaurs. The fossil
    records prior to the meteor event offer some clues , that refute the notion that a single event however
    monumental could wipe out a species so
    successful as the dinosaurs. First the
    number and variety of species were diminishing at an unusually high rate prior
    to the meteor event according to the fossil records . This coupled with the climate records of that
    era note the earth
    had been significantly cooling off prior the meteor impact.. This cooling period was either caused by
    increased volcanic activity or a decrease in solar output or a combination of
    the two. Because of this food sources
    likely were no longer available to support,
    the large size, many dinosaurs
    had adapted to when food was abundant and size was an advantage. Lack of food weakens immune systems and disease
    would have been more easily spread during at this time. Left to just facing these natural changes in
    the earth’s environment, chances are dinosaurs may have evolved and survived
    the meteor strike . Instead its occurrence at that specific time in conjunction
    with the other unrelated events occurring
    in such a short period of time caused the extinction of dinosaurs as a
    species. They simply did not have the
    time to adapt to the rapid sequential changes that brought about their demise.

    In today’s world, we see similar high
    extinction rates of other species occurring at an alarming rate. The most prevalent reason for the high rate
    of extinction is simply humanity. As
    humans have spread and multiplied, we have reduce other species by reducing their
    natural habitat or by over hunting, or fishing and by polluting their
    environment. These man made changes
    increase as our population increases.
    Graphs projecting human population to peak at around 10 billion in 2030
    also show the rate of other species extinction to beat its peak at the same
    time.

    The future of humanity that I have pieced together looks at seemingly unrelated occurrences with dramatic unintentional consequences that
    by casual fact checking takes into account, a number of events occurring as
    this is written that at face value have no connection to each other and each alone could be surmountable by humanity as a species, but taken in sequential rapid succession could likely lead to the
    extinction of humans as the dominate species of the planet. This bold outlandish statement is made
    looking at human history and present
    events then projecting what the most
    likely outcome could occur based on
    current data. The first and most
    crucial event is that of humanities population reaching 10 billion by the year
    2035. This peak of the world’s human population
    explosion, and its effects are conservative and based on assumption such as
    China not revoking its mandated one child family law, which it has recently
    done. The peak now may be much higher than previously assumed as nations such
    as France and China attempt to reverse the decline of their workforce which in
    turn drives their perspective economies. This increase of the world’s human
    population by as much as 40% has dire consequences as it coincides with the
    present estimate of when the ocean’s
    food chain will collapse based on the current rate of over fishing and
    pollution of the world’s oceans. The likelihood that we will curtail our
    overfishing of the oceans which presently supply 40% of humanities food supply,
    while the demand for more food increases
    suggests that the collapse of the ocean’s food chain is a matter of when not
    if. Even sooner to 2035 is when potable water already scarce due to
    drought conditions caused by global warming in many parts of the world will
    make large areas now habitable and fertile for farming barren by 2030. North
    western China is presently going through drought conditions not seen since
    America’s Dust bowl era. The Western United States is currently experiencing
    the longest and worst drought condition
    ever recorded. Our present reservoir,
    and waste water treatment systems are
    woefully inadequate for today’s population.
    One has only to look at the explosion
    in the bottled water market for a variety of safety reasons from chemical and pharmaceutical containments
    to heavy metal poisoning.

    This all occurs while the polar
    icecaps are melting faster than any time in recorded human history. Our sun has recently entered a period of
    lower than normal solar activity, i.e. sun spots, flares etc. The last known occurrence of such an event
    was around 1480 AD better known as the little ice age. At that time the world’s
    temperature decreased by around 5
    degrees F instead we have seen no change
    as one would assume. These solar cycles
    last at most a couple of decades and the most likely reason for the lack of
    change in the overall temperature is the offset caused by global warming. Assuming
    we continue with are present carbon emissions, the coastal regions of the world will see a
    significant sea level rise of about 40 feet in the next 80 years. This will cause mass migrations of hundreds
    of million’s to the interiors of
    countries as people seek to
    escape the rising sea water. This will
    cause extreme social and political pressures as
    nations scramble and fight over scarce resources. Famine and disease outbreaks will be pandemic as riots and wars break out over dwindling
    food and water supplies. The final blow
    comes around the end of the century ,
    when the full effects of global warming bring about either the shutting down of
    the major ocean currents which rely on the temperature differential between the
    poles and the equator to run or the acidification of our oceans and lakes as
    the co2 concentrations finish wiping out the last life in our oceans. The stoppage of the earth’s major currents
    such as the gulf stream will bring on
    the onset of a major ice age which could last up to 100,000 years worldwide.

    Farfetched scenario? Absolutely, One only has to look at the last major
    species that inhabited the earth to see that what caused their extinction was
    not one event, as once thought, but a series of events each alone not enough to
    cause the demise of the species but when they fell in rapid sequential
    succession wiped out the species known as the dinosaurs. A similar story has already played out on a
    much smaller scale that effected similar results on a population of
    humans. Approximately 800 years ago ,
    the island known as Easter Island was first inhabited by a small group of
    Polynesians. When they first arrived on
    the island it was covered with a lush
    forest with two now extinct large palm trees and had two rivers flowing on it.
    The population grew to a peak of 80,000 divided into 5 tribes who clear cut the
    forests to farm, build ocean going canoes as the local waters did not have
    enough fish to sustain the population and to move the giant sculptures that they carved in memory of their
    forefathers. Around 400 years ago they
    had accomplished the unimaginable by wiping out the forest they made themselves
    castaways with no way of getting enough food from the oceans or leaving the
    island as they had used up the resources for making canoes. Starvation and cannibalism reduced the
    population in the next 200 years to less than 10,000. The surviving tribes
    developed a system of government where by contest held once a year the winning
    tribe would have control of the island’s natural resources. This led to the end
    of their cannibalistic period.
    Unfortunately soon after European explorers came and with them came diseases such small
    pox, measles which wiped out the indigenous population of Easter Island.

    The difficulty in making accurate predictions is complicated
    by the law of unintended consequences, which many people don’t understand. A
    simple example like the fact that the increase in global temperatures has
    caused the permafrost layer in places like Alaska, Russia, Canada, Greenland to
    release billions of tons of trapped methane gas, (a big greenhouse effect
    contributor), into the atmosphere, which in turn raises the temperature causing
    faster ice melt and higher ocean levels as well as making all the planet’s more
    acidic, which in turn destroys the habitat for many species that can’t survive
    in the more acidic waters or in the case of the Maryland blue crab they become
    larger, more ravenous in destroying the local shellfish beds, while yielding
    less meat than previously. Unintended
    consequences cascading in a seemingly unrelated pattern, yet when looked upon
    as a whole yields a terrifying chain reaction on a global scale. In the early 1980’s the first antibiotic
    resistant bacteria came to the attention of
    world’s medical community, commonly referred to as superbugs or
    MERSA for their incredibly resistance to all but the most powerful last
    resort antibiotics such as ciprofloxacin
    and carbpenems . Common bacteria
    known as staphylococcus, e. coli and klebsiella species where found to
    be able to develop resistance to all antibiotics because of two unintended
    events. First the widespread use of antibiotics worldwide given to animal
    livestock and to humans as prophylactic
    measures instead of treating actual infections. This process allowed bacteria
    to develop resistance to any and all antibiotics used. The second was the development or
    understanding that a mechanism previously unknown existed for bacteria from
    unrelated species to transmit these genes to other bacteria not even related by
    species called placids. The process has
    continued at an alarming rate that the CDC has seen these new Carbapenem resistant
    enterobacteriacear having mortality rates as high as 50% now found in 42 states
    and pandemic. These resistant CRE’s have
    been multiplying at a 4 to 7 fold rate far outpacing our advancement of new
    antibiotics and treatment . Diseases such as Gonerhea, Klebsiella pneumonia ,
    and Shigella are by the year 2025 to be entirely incurable by then. With infection transmission rates at 500,000
    a year alone in the U.S. currently one
    can only imagine the massive outbreaks that will occur in the next few decades. These
    are not random coincidences they form basis of what I call the sequential
    extinction event or events. Seemingly unrelated events that trigger unintended
    consequences in a rapid succession that wipes a species out of existence
    because the changes happen so quickly and apparently randomly that the species
    cannot adapt fast enough for it to survive. Any one or two of these events occurring in a
    matter of years would be enough to cause
    whole governments to collapse over the sheer demand of resources to combat the
    hunger, disease and relocation of a billion people that would come about.

    I believe humanity is in the midst of such events happening.
    From global warming, to the world’s population reaching its projected peak of
    10 billion by 2035, to the greatest extinction rate of other species occurring
    in direct proportion of this increase of population, to the likely collapse of
    the ocean’s food chain by 2035 at the current projected rate of overfishing, to
    the loss of coastal land due to rising sea levels causing massive migration of
    over a billion inhabitants by the year 2100. Add the unintended consequences
    that each is causing and you have a possible sequential extinction event that
    borders on hell on earth. It seems to me
    that the current fascination with zombie apocalypses in all forms of media
    lately is directly connected as if some force or group was intentionally
    desensitizing the general populations
    subliminal awareness that cannibalism is a
    possible norm.

    An unintended
    consequence I.e. missing plane over Nome Alaska route (Nome Triangle cause methane gas bubbles
    release) that seems inconsequential
    maybe a clue to a possible an extinction
    event . Blue crabs in Delaware are growing larger
    because of the ocean’s increased co2 content but producing less meat and
    devastating the local shell fish
    industry. These and many other signs are
    symptoms of a world out of balance.

    As mentioned earlier in
    the 1300’s just after the little ice age the earth’s temperature started
    heating up and in Europe humans started to live in cites. The cities had poor
    sanitation systems and were overcrowded that with the elevated temperatures
    allowed bacteria to thrive. Europe was then hit what in history is known as the
    black plague over a third of the population died. As of 2008 according to the UN more people
    live in cities than in rural areas . At the same time the waste water treatment
    plants of these cities are up to 50 year old and many beaches are closed
    annually do to overflows during heavy rains. With Global temperatures rising as
    well as human populations , and the continued delay of upgrades and maintenance
    , we are overdue for biological extinction event .

    In the early 1980’s the first antibiotic resistant bacteria
    came to the attention of world’s medical
    community, commonly referred to as superbugs
    or
    methicillin-resistant-staphyloccus aureus, MESA, for their incredibly
    resistance to all but the most powerful last resort antibiotics such as
    ciprofloxacin and carbpenems . Common bacteria known as staphylococcus, e. coli and klebsiella species, are found to
    be able to develop resistance to all antibiotics because of three unintended circumstances.
    First the widespread use of antibiotics
    worldwide given to animal livestock and to humans as prophylactic measures instead of treating
    actual infections. This process allowed bacteria to develop resistance to any
    and all antibiotics used. The second is
    the dumping of unused antibiotics into our sewage which makes its way into our
    waste water treatment plants which has no method of removing these antibiotics
    thus they remain in our drinking water supply. The third
    was the development or understanding that a mechanism previously unknown
    existed for bacteria from unrelated species to transmit antibiotic resistant
    genes to other bacteria not even related by species called placids. The process has continued at an alarming rate
    that the CDC has seen these new Carbapenem resistant enterobacteriacea having
    mortality rates as high as 50% now found in 42 states and around the world. These resistant CRE’s have been multiplying
    at a 4 to 7 fold rate per decade far outpacing our advancement of new
    antibiotics and treatment . Diseases such as Gonerhea, Klebsiella pneumonia ,
    and Shigella are by the year 2035 to be entirely incurable by then. With infection transmission rates at 500,000
    a year alone in the U.S. currently one
    can only imagine the massive outbreaks that will occur in the next couple of decades.
    These disease’s have the capability to causing a death rate as high as 80% of
    the present world’s population , or the death of 4.8 billion humans. Transmission with
    the advent of air travel would be in a matter of days to a week at most. Development of new antibiotics by the private
    sector has been hampered by the short
    time that patents allow for return on investments. The most promising new
    antibiotics come from the sea.

    An Extinction Event occurs when a number unintended
    consequences occur in rapid sequential succession from actions that occur
    naturally or by humanity. The last bit
    by humanity is a new phenomena as no other species on record has had the power
    to influence the world’s environment and its only been a factor in the last
    hundred years. History recognizes 5 extinction events the first dating back over 450 million years
    at which time a major global ice age lasting 10,000’s of years wiped out the
    majority of species at the time. The last one dates back to 250 million years
    ago when the dinosaur’s where wiped out by a naturally cooling of the earth’s
    temperature, disease, and a meteor the size of Mount Everest delivering the
    coupe de grace.

    the next Extinction Event is already underway. Humanity in a
    short 200 years has filled every environmental niche throughout the planet and
    more importantly has grown from a population of half a billion world wide since
    1800 to 7.3 billion and counting. We are estimated to peak around 2035 at
    around 11 billion. In the same time period we have seen a massive extinction
    rate of other species not seen since 250 million years ago. As an invasive
    species we have grown out from one continent to all locations capable of
    supporting human life. In doing so we have destroyed the habitats of millions
    of species around the world. We suffer
    from lack of clean water, and drought conditions from China to America’s
    western states. We are presently overfishing the ocean’s at a rate that will
    see the Ocean’s food chain collapse around 2035. We are pumping C02 not only
    into our atmosphere but into the Ocean’s, lake’s and rivers which is raising
    the acidification levels of the water wiping out all our Coral reefs which is
    home to an estimated billion species of life. As the reefs go so will the life.
    As the atmosphere gets warmer, we see the permafrost in Alaska, Canada, Siberia
    start to release trillions of cubic feet of natural gas like methane into the
    atmosphere speeding up the rise in temperature and raising the Ocean levels by
    20-40 feet by the end of this century. Our use of antibiotics as prophylactics
    in commercial occupations such as raising livestock has produced bacteria that
    is immune to all but the strongest of antibiotics. The CDC knows its just a
    matter of when for the next pandemic disease outbreak to occur something
    like Kleb. pneumonia already resistant
    to all but our latest antibiotics has a high rate of infection and an 80% death
    rate. So Ms. Blackburn and the rest who want to believe humanity is immune to
    extinction its time to grow up before its too late. (S squared E squared) .

    Humanity is facing its own extinction event from its own
    overpopulation rate. We are most likely
    to be the foe we cannot overcome.

  • Anne

    The sky is falling, the sky is falling———–again———–

  • Connie White

    They waited till the last minute to warn us of NIBIRU in a shade of total lies!!!

  • Blake Raymond

    Ummm… this is because we are horrible at being mammals. If you look at herd of mammals (humans too have a herd mentality built in) you would see that the entire group would stay together and not take more from the environment than is needed, and would always put the integrity of the group over themselves. Reptiles think only of themselves. We too, have a reptilian brain…. but we also have the mammalian brain. So, we are living reptilian style lives, and have squashed our mammalian instincts. We definitely are not living like humans, being stewards over all of life. What is the point of evolution if not to make way for the most life possible to sustain itself? Human beings are supposed to make the decision to take care of Life. However, our society has been structured through our own free will to push us into lower forms of consciousness of the Reptilian brain. Me, mine, survival, etc… Mammals do not hurt the group. Humans are supposed to steward the Earth. And our frontal lobes connect us with the divine. Why do you think the brain has evolved? So we could continue to live like schmucks? I don’t believe that. We are magnificent and have the ability to change everything all at once… but first, we have to come together as a herd… like mammals would. And then we can work on fixing problems. That is all there is.

  • Randy

    Really, apparently all you ,left winged nut jobs, sorry used the ignorant peoples response to anybody going against what they believe. First when I was in the 6th grade my teachers scared the crap out of by saying we were heading into a new ice age, we weren’t. Secondly why don’t you try and prove something instead of name calling and bashing somebody elses idea. Google Glacier studies, Google National Geographic and glaciers. We are in the same series of events that happen all the time. You are being lied to and it is amazing how easy the charlatans can fool the fools. OOps sorry! I stooped to your level again.

  • WM

    Newly created species are being found every year.

  • WM

    Liberals are so goofy.

  • dfisher

    Good! The sooner this happens the sooner humanity can follow suit.

  • hctrpnt

    Theirs one every 250 million

  • Joseph A Correia III

    We will meet our mass extinction when those none existent black holes swallow our galaxy just ask Prof Hawking.No wait they don;t exist do they.Just because a scientist theorizes something dos not make it true.Scientists are fallible too

  • Thoughtbubbles

    Isn’t a thylacine just another name for the tasmanian tiger?

  • Elwood2396

    These are the same people that can’t tell you what the weather is going to be the next day!!! Science is fine , but these guys are going by their “theories” which are usually 99.9 % wrong

  • Guest

    This
    article is unscientific. At no point in
    the natural interactions of species can you take a short term “linear” trend
    and extrapolate that out to infinity to draw accurate conclusions. The rise and fall of animal populations is
    not linear, it is usually curved so accurate population predictions are very
    complicated. For example “scientists”
    told us that Polar Bears were becoming extinct because of “Global Warming” when
    in actuality Polar Bear populations have increased from around 5,000 in the
    1940s to over 25,000 today and the polar bear species thrived in much warmer
    periods according to the fossil record. The
    story that polar bears were becoming extinct was unsupported by the data.

    This article is obviously written by someone with a leftist political
    agenda. It is interesting that the left
    who support the theory of evolution, (that animals adapt to changes in their environment)
    somehow believe that animals cannot adapt to changes in their environment. This is an illogical contradiction.

    According to real scientists there has actually been a huge drop in animal extinction
    compared to the peak in the early 1900s and the human portion of those
    extinctions was mostly due to the introduction of species into new habitats. FTA- “In the case of extinctions, once again
    humans are indeed the cause … but again, not through the mechanism they claim,
    that of habitat reduction. Instead, humans have caused widespread extinctions
    through the introduction of “alien predators” into new areas which had never
    before seen them.”

    http://wattsupwiththat.com/2013/07/07/alexander-the-great-explains-the-drop-in-extinctions/

    Finally in the fossil record animal extinctions increase during cooling periods not during warming periods.

    http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/09/04/warming-increases-biodiversity-except-when-it-doesnt/

  • Ryan Scott Welch

    This
    article is unscientific. At no point in
    the natural interactions of species can you take a short term “linear” trend
    and extrapolate that out to infinity to draw accurate conclusions. The rise and fall of animal populations is
    not linear, it is usually curved so accurate population predictions are very
    complicated. For example “scientists”
    told us that Polar Bears were becoming extinct because of “Global Warming” when
    in actuality Polar Bear populations have increased from around 5,000 in the
    1940s to over 25,000 today and the polar bear species thrived in much warmer
    periods according to the fossil record. The
    story that polar bears were becoming extinct was unsupported by the data.

    This article is obviously written by someone with a leftist political
    agenda. It is interesting that the left
    who support the theory of evolution, (that animals adapt to changes in their environment)
    somehow believe that animals cannot adapt to changes in their environment. This is an illogical contradiction.

    According to real scientists there has actually been a huge drop in animal extinction
    compared to the peak in the early 1900s and the human portion of those
    extinctions was mostly due to the introduction of species into new habitats. FTA- “In the case of extinctions, once again
    humans are indeed the cause … but again, not through the mechanism they claim,
    that of habitat reduction. Instead, humans have caused widespread extinctions
    through the introduction of “alien predators” into new areas which had never
    before seen them.”

    http://wattsupwiththat.com/2013/07/07/alexander-the-great-explains-the-drop-in-extinctions/

    Finally according to the fossil record extinctions rise during colder periods, like the ice ages, and decrease during the warmer interglacial periods like the one we are in now.

    http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/09/04/warming-increases-biodiversity-except-when-it-doesnt/

  • michael stevens

    The roads at YELLOWSTONE are melting and NEW MADRID is ready isn’t that something. Wonder if the VIRUS MAN would make it through! Good times ahead!

  • VRJensen1 .

    Big Oil has informed me that Climate Change is a Hoax. I was getting worried that Science and Facts were real! Now I know that Man clearly has no effect on anything Ever and all that matters is that we don’t Damage Big Oils Profits. :-) all these animals and Human Extinction is all part of some arbitrary Cycle….Faux News, Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity Said so!…It’s Cannon.

    Sorry, I couldn’t help the Sarcasm.

  • telltaleall

    EX: 10 SF GA here, I have seen so many things; I have touched down on so many different parts of this beautiful planet. I have done things I will never forget. The one constant I have experienced throughout. Why do you all dislike each other so very much? Instead of working together for the good of mankind, you would rather do ill and hide. When was the last time you actually took off your shirt and gave it to some who really needed it, I have.

  • DeeznuttzinACA

    I hope that it at least takes out the Kardashian Family

  • Scott F Jones

    Everyone spouting religion and politics… This has nothing to do with either. A quote from ‘Agent Smith’ in the 1st Matrix movie pretty much summarizes the issue at hand here:
    “(Humans) move to an area and you multiply and multiply until every natural resource is consumed and the only way you can survive is to spread to another area. There is another organism on this planet that follows the same pattern. Do you know what it is? A virus. Human beings are a disease, a cancer of this planet.”
    We’ve overpopulated, overutilized, overpolluted. In nature, there is a balance; we’ve successfully built terchnology to skirt past the natural checks and balances that nature kept things in.
    Since no one is going to be willing to back peddle a few centuries & allow the things that kept humans in check (child birth, influenza, smallpox, etc) a mass extinction at the hand of human civilization is inevitable.