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The Holocene Extinction

In less than 100 years, this planet will look very differently. But very few seem to care.


According to a 1998 survey of 400 biologists conducted by New York's American Museum of Natural History, nearly 70% believed that the Earth is currently in the early stages of a human-caused extinction, known as the Holocene extinction. In that survey, the same proportion of respondents agreed with the prediction that up to 20% of all living populations could become extinct within 30 years (by 2028). Biologist E. O. Wilson estimated in 2002 that if current rates of human destruction of the biosphere continue, one-half of all plant and animal species of life on earth will be extinct in 100 years. More significantly, the current rate of global species extinctions is estimated as 100 to 1000 times "background" rates (the average extinction rates in the evolutionary time scale of planet Earth), while future rates are likely 10,000 times higher. However, some groups are going extinct much faster. Amphibians, for example, are disappearing at as much as 45,000 times their extinction rate at K-Pg. Despite such extreme losses on a global scale, the public's interest in extinction is in a world-wide decline.
--Enter Antichrist, stage left
replies 51Mar 13, 2015 12:07 PM +00:00

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A new geological epoch when humans dominated the history of the earth started in 1610 rather than the industrial or nuclear ages, scientists have said.
The Independent
replies 1Mar 13, 2015 12:14 PM +00:00

The Sixth Mass Extinction has begun!

As unbelievable as it may sound, after having read through the five mass extinctions, the sixth mass extinction is in progress, now, with animals going extinct 100 to 1,000 times (possibly even 1,000 to 10,000 times) faster than at the normal background extinction rate, which is about 10 to 25 species per year. Many researchers claim that we are in the middle of a mass extinction event faster than the Cretaceous-Tertiary extinction which wiped out the dinosaurs.

Rather than a meteorite or large volcanic eruption, the alarming decline of biodiversity (diversity of species on earth) leading to the current mass extinction is the results of five major human activities:

Habitat destruction including human-induced climate change. Human-induced climate change is the result in high amounts of greenhouse gas emissions (primarily carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide). Acting like a greenhouse, these gases trap heat from the sun. Other human activities such as habitat destruction in combination with climate change are making the situation only worse. Increasing temperatures may force species to move toward their preferred, and generally cooler, climate range. Thus, if those habitats have already been destroyed, then the species are not be able to escape the climate change and will go extinct.

Invasive species. Invasive/aliens species displace native species through predation, competition, and disease organisms.


Human overpopulation.

Over-harvesting (hunting, fishing, and gathering).

The Hawai'I chaff flower, the golden coqui Puerto Rican tree frog, the Martinique Parrot, the Yuman box turtle, the Madagascan Pygmy hippo, and the Japanese sea lion are amongst the list that include the 784 species of plants and animals that have recently vanished from earth because of human activities. All continents are impacted by this ongoing biological catastrophe. The completion of species inventory on earth and saving them from becoming extinct must be a world priority.
replies 2Mar 13, 2015 12:21 PM +00:00

I people laughed at me when I made that prediction in 2011.

replies 3Mar 13, 2015 12:30 PM +00:00

We are cancer.

replies 4Mar 13, 2015 12:33 PM +00:00

OK great. Glad I'll be gone in about 30 years. I give up on us, guys.

replies 5Mar 13, 2015 12:35 PM +00:00

But—but—but jobs! The economy! We must bow down before the almighty dollar!

--Capitalism is a death sentence
replies 6Mar 13, 2015 12:45 PM +00:00

Michael Moore is fat!

replies 7Mar 13, 2015 12:47 PM +00:00

[Some people are just not worth talking to.]

replies 8Mar 13, 2015 1:03 PM +00:00

Ninety-nine percent of the species that ever existed on earth are extinct.

It's the way of life and evolution on this planet.

replies 9Mar 13, 2015 1:19 PM +00:00

R9, this isn't natural evolution. This is global destruction caused by one species.

replies 10Mar 13, 2015 1:22 PM +00:00

R8 and r9 have their heads firmly planted in the sand. Or somewhere else.

replies 11Mar 13, 2015 1:29 PM +00:00

All you'd need is a catastrophe and the Christers would take over and create a theocracy. And you know what that means for the gays.

replies 12Mar 13, 2015 2:05 PM +00:00


It's all Obama fault!!!

replies 13Mar 13, 2015 2:24 PM +00:00

r11, what is your damage?

Life will go on and on regardless of our species' puny existences.

replies 14Mar 13, 2015 2:25 PM +00:00

I really hope something more intelligent and less stabby evolves.

replies 15Mar 13, 2015 3:03 PM +00:00

I knew in my teenage years when I watched 'Mad Max' that it wasn't just entertainment, but an instruction manual for the future.
replies 16Mar 13, 2015 3:07 PM +00:00

I think they like to call it the Anthropocene Extinction, for "man made".

replies 17Mar 13, 2015 4:28 PM +00:00

To the people who think this is natural, normal, or the cycle of life - it isn't a question of that. The question will be whether or not it will be a world we want to live in, or a world we can live in. And the answer, Einsteins, in "no", and "no".

replies 18Mar 13, 2015 4:32 PM +00:00

but let's get to the important part (at least to most people): what are the kardashians and justin bieber doing tonight? will there be more cunnilingus on that lawyer show? what does Wendy Williams think? will Kelly stay fat?

replies 19Mar 13, 2015 4:37 PM +00:00

One wonders how a science-based article would trigger an anti-christ comment from the OP.

Probably because she is an uneducated cunt.

replies 20Mar 13, 2015 4:37 PM +00:00

The top global energy gluttons:

1. China - 22%

2. USA - 17%

3. Russia - 5.5%

4. India - 4.7%

5. Japan - 3.7%

6. Canada - 2.6%

7. Germany - 2.6%

8. Brazil - 2.2%

9. South Korea - 2.1%

10. France 2.0%

The ten biggest energy consuming countries account for over 60% of world’s total primary energy consumption. profiles the world’s top 10 energy consumers based on annual consumption in 2013.
Hydrocarbons Technology
replies 21Mar 14, 2015 6:47 AM +00:00

[Some people are just not worth talking to.]

replies 22Mar 14, 2015 9:05 PM +00:00

r21, what would China's percentage if they weren't selling 90% of their stuff to the US and other western countries? Way less than 22%.

replies 23Mar 14, 2015 9:16 PM +00:00

Read R20 Thankfully, most posters on DL are highly educated independent thinkers who would never buy into current sillythink.

replies 24Mar 14, 2015 10:00 PM +00:00

Remember "The Population Bomb" in 1968 where I warned of global famine and mass starvation that would occur in the 1970s and 1980s and kill hundreds of millions of people?


Never mind that, but we're all going to die from a new ice age!

No wait....that didn't happen either.

forget that one too.

No, now we're all going to die from Global Warming.

Yes! This time I will be right!
--Global Warmist Prof. Paul Ehrlich
replies 25Mar 14, 2015 10:15 PM +00:00

R25 believes he'll be sucked off the planet by his sky fairy and live happily ever after.

replies 26Mar 14, 2015 10:17 PM +00:00

This must be true. In 1988 Ted Danson warned us we had only 10 years before the oceans died.

The prophets of doom are always fun to listen to, especially knowing they are never held accountable for almost always being wildly wrong. The old predictions are then pushed down the Memory Hole and they open another well-paid research program to "study" their next line of sci-fi.

But will all respect for these johnny come latelys, the gold standard is the intellectual aristocracy of the first Earth Day in 1970:

"Civilization will end within 15 or 30 years unless immediate action is taken against problems facing mankind." — Harvard biologist George Wald

"We are in an environmental crisis which threatens the survival of this nation, and of the world as a suitable place of human habitation." — Washington University biologist Barry Commoner

"Man must stop pollution and conserve his resources, not merely to enhance existence but to save the race from intolerable deterioration and possible extinction." — New York Times editorial

"Population will inevitably and completely outstrip whatever small increases in food supplies we make. The death rate will increase until at least 100-200 million people per year will be starving to death during the next ten years." — Stanford University biologist Paul Ehrlich

"Most of the people who are going to die in the greatest cataclysm in the history of man have already been born… [By 1975] some experts feel that food shortages will have escalated the present level of world hunger and starvation into famines of unbelievable proportions. Other experts, more optimistic, think the ultimate food-population collision will not occur until the decade of the 1980s." — Paul Ehrlich

"It is already too late to avoid mass starvation," — Denis Hayes, Chief organizer for Earth Day

"Demographers agree almost unanimously on the following grim timetable: by 1975 widespread famines will begin in India; these will spread by 1990 to include all of India, Pakistan, China and the Near East, Africa. By the year 2000, or conceivably sooner, South and Central America will exist under famine conditions…. By the year 2000, thirty years from now, the entire world, with the exception of Western Europe, North America, and Australia, will be in famine." — North Texas State University professor Peter Gunter

"In a decade, urban dwellers will have to wear gas masks to survive air pollution… by 1985 air pollution will have reduced the amount of sunlight reaching earth by one half." — Life magazine

"At the present rate of nitrogen buildup, it's only a matter of time before light will be filtered out of the atmosphere and none of our land will be usable." — Ecologist Kenneth Watt

"Air certainly going to take hundreds of thousands of lives in the next few years alone." — Paul Ehrlich

"By the year 2000, if present trends continue, we will be using up crude oil at such a rate… that there won't be any more crude oil. You'll drive up to the pump and say, ‘Fill 'er up, buddy,' and he'll say, ‘I am very sorry, there isn't any.'" — Ecologist Kenneth Watt

"[One] theory assumes that the earth's cloud cover will continue to thicken as more dust, fumes, and water vapor are belched into the atmosphere by industrial smokestacks and jet planes. Screened from the sun's heat, the planet will cool, the water vapor will fall and freeze, and a new Ice Age will be born." — Newsweek magazine

"The world has been chilling sharply for about twenty years. If present trends continue, the world will be about four degrees colder for the global mean temperature in 1990, but eleven degrees colder in the year 2000. This is about twice what it would take to put us into an ice age." — Kenneth Watt

Goodness I get nostalgic for peak oil and the unstoppable new ice age.

Unrestricted factory fishing can deplete certain limited types of food fish and the never satisfied demand by China for aphrodisiacs will probably drive the rhino to extinction, but broadly they cry wolf too much.

replies 27Mar 14, 2015 10:21 PM +00:00

It's official: The weather has been a bit weird this winter. The nation's climate agency says so -- and, in part, explains why.

There is method to the meteorological madness.

And it has served to spread the weirdness around the world, from the American West all the way to Russia, a climate expert from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said....

It's official: The weather has been a bit weird this winter. The nation's climate agency says so -- and, in part, explains why.
replies 28Mar 14, 2015 11:28 PM +00:00

Excellent link r28. a story written LAST YEAR.

--Feb 20, 2014
replies 29Mar 14, 2015 11:40 PM +00:00

R21, the "energy gluttons" are the countries that produce most of the goods and services the world enjoys.

replies 30Mar 15, 2015 2:16 AM +00:00

But wasn't the extinction of the planet worth it so a few old rich bastards could get even richer?

replies 31Mar 15, 2015 2:37 AM +00:00

R27 - unnoticed, untouched, unloved. We understand your quiet fury and the powerful urge to lash out.

But this is not the place.

It's just not.

replies 32Mar 15, 2015 2:42 AM +00:00
...the never satisfied demand by China for aphrodisiacs will probably drive the rhino to extinction...

WHAT is their problem? Does Viagra not work for them? They're also single-nationly exterminating the pangolin. Yes, the freaking PANGOLIN! Both as a delicacy and for their BS voodoo folk medicine (see rhino horn.)

replies 33Mar 15, 2015 3:46 AM +00:00

R29, yes, it's an article from a year ago...interesting weather PATTERN forming.

replies 34Mar 15, 2015 10:48 AM +00:00

Good point, R27. Because the god-botherers would NEVER holler about the catastrophic end of the world and be found to be egregiously wrong, would they?

--Harold Camping
replies 35Mar 15, 2015 3:01 PM +00:00


Why can't you admit you are wrong?

replies 36Apr 12, 2015 9:11 PM +00:00

If people think humans are killing the planet, they should kill themselves.

Problem solved!

replies 37May 30, 2015 6:24 PM +00:00

Also as technology advances, fewer people seem to be able to comprehend it. Hackers and Sillicon Valley nerds will become the dictators of the future.

replies 38May 30, 2015 6:35 PM +00:00


Thank God 90% of them are libertarian!!!

replies 39May 30, 2015 7:34 PM +00:00

I don't give a shit. I only care about collecting my huge Social Security check.

replies 40May 30, 2015 8:04 PM +00:00

As those Murdering Bastard, Mountain topping, Fossil Fuel CO2 spewing Koch Brothers attach their names to more financially desperate Cultural Organizations. The very Art organizations that GOP/Koch minions have severed from Citizen Tax Base. I will dance on Koch graves with Glee.

--Carl Sagan
replies 41May 30, 2015 8:15 PM +00:00

Mary Richards gave a passionate editorial on the "Mary Tyler Moore Show" about the imminent mass starvation and overpopulation time bomb...over 40 years ago.

Meanwhile, more people have emerged from misery, poverty and destitution in China, India, Brazil in this generation than previously thought possible.

replies 42May 30, 2015 8:21 PM +00:00

Stupidity will be the cause of the Holocene extinction.

replies 43May 30, 2015 8:28 PM +00:00

Blah, blah, blah.

We already know we are important. We don't need these kind of world-changing, self-aggrandizing articles to reinforce it.

The earth will keep spinning and revolving around the sun, and species will arise and disappear with or without our input until the sun flares up and it is all kaput.

replies 44May 30, 2015 8:40 PM +00:00

If the global cooling trend persists we are fucked.

replies 45Jun 11, 2015 7:11 PM +00:00

Speaking of Mary Richards, someone HAS to start a thread on MTM's sad last days. It's so DL. I would but my supporting membership lapsed and I'm too lazy to re-up.

replies 46Jun 11, 2015 7:17 PM +00:00

Donald Trump is the precursor to the rise of the Beast. He is the herald and servant of the Antichrist. This is why he is recognizing Jerusalem: he is hoping to bring about the Final Great War, which will usher in the rise of the Antichrist and the subjugation of the world by the forces of Evil. With one stroke--the recognition of Israel's capital--he is on the brink of accomplishing this.

This all fits perfectly into the planned time table of the so-called "Holocene Extinction," i.e., the Apocalypse.

replies 47Dec 6, 2017 10:22 PM +00:00

Crazy. More "weird weather patterns" popping up, as R28 highlighted.

The fire that burned a path of destruction through Ventura County reached the Pacific Ocean on Tuesday night, with officials expecting that hundreds more homes had been lost in a blaze that continues to rage out of control.
replies 48Dec 6, 2017 11:05 PM +00:00

There's a sale on at Penny's!

--Goodtime Johnny :)
replies 49Dec 6, 2017 11:10 PM +00:00

No need to spam DL with this, Dav1da. We heard you the first time. Bumping old threads is unnecessary.

replies 50Dec 6, 2017 11:32 PM +00:00

R50, I have no idea who this Dav1da person is and why you're accusing someone of being said character, but this shit is fascinating, so pipe down!

replies 51Dec 6, 2017 11:40 PM +00:00