Homo sapiend

“There is no doubt that the rate at which species are dying out is very high, and we could well be in for a “Big Sixth” mass extinction. … [Yet] the current rate at which new animals and plants (such as the apple fly, the Italian sparrow and Oxford ragwort) are coming into existence is unusually high – and it may be the highest ever. We are already on the verge of Genesis Number Six – a million or so years from now, the world could end up supporting more species, not fewer, as a consequence of the evolution of Homo sapiens.” https://theconversation.com/the-sixth-mass-genesis-new-species-are-coming-into-existence-faster-than-ever-thanks-to-humans-80527

…but possibly minus Homo sapiens. Who’s next for Presidency of the planet?

Fossil begat Fossil

“The geological record suggests that fossil fuel burning might have eliminated most life on Earth. … During the Permian mass extinction, the eruption of the Siberian Traps through the Tunguska basin seems to have produced between one and two gigatonnes of carbon dioxide a year. Today fossil fuel burning produces 30 gigatonnes a year.” (http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/may/27/threat-islamic-state-fossil-fuel-burning)

Fossil fuel burning caused the mass extinction that created fossils? Actually, yes. Now, how do you feel about history repeating itself?


“One in six of the planet’s species will be lost forever to extinction if world leaders fail to take action on climate change. … Such a large loss would be a tragedy with serious ramifications for people as well as ecosystems.” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/apr/30/one-in-six-of-worlds-species-faces-extinction-due-to-climate-change-study)

Bookie’s offers 6-1 on human extinction.

“The findings echo those of WWF’s Living Planet Report. Our report lookd back and found that populations of vertebrate species have halved since 197o. This report looks forward and finds that many species are threatened with extinction if we fail to tackle climate change.
We have an opportunity to tackle climate change if we act now, so the next Government must make climate change one of its top ” (http://www.wwf.org.uk/about_wwf/press_centre/index.cfm?uNewsID=7548)

Not only are the characters ‘e’ and ‘0’ facing extinction, whole words are disappearing from the fac of the

Driving Mad

“Habitat loss and illegal hunting are leading drivers behind mammal population decline and extinction in the tropical forests of Southeast Asia. But what’s driving these drivers? Road infrastructure.” (http://news.mongabay.com/2015/0320-gfrn-mark-southeast-asia-roads-devastating-wildlife.html)

It’s clear that roads drive drivers, especially loss leading drivers, and illegal hunters are leading drivers behind mammal lines.


“The world is heading inexorably towards a mass extinction – which is defined as one involving a loss of 75% of species or more. … The loss for the planet is incalculable – as it is for our own species which could soon find itself living in a world denuded of all variety in nature. As ecologist Paul Ehrlich has put it: “In pushing other species to extinction, humanity is busy sawing off the limb on which it perches.”” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/dec/14/earth-faces-sixth-great-extinction-with-41-of-amphibians-set-to-go-the-way-of-the-dodo)

Will we get a Darwin lifetime achievement award?


“Anything that looks roughly two-thirds wildcat will be classified as a wildcat. … The Scottish wildcat … cannot stand to be around humans or their habitats.” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/sep/29/scottish-wildcat-extinction-by-stealth)

I’ve just been reclassified. Is there a support group?


“Some small mammal species on forest islands, created by a hydroelectric reservoir, in Thailand became extinct in just five years.” (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-24229723)

Not because of being surrounded by water and electricity.