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A million species risk extinction; are humans one of them?

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By Marlowe HOOD

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This has been peddled for decades.

The fact is that many areas are actually experiencing rewilding and many animals are recovering from the industrial age which was the worst environmental period.

We are already in recovery phase.

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Since humans can't get along might as well go meet the maker.

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"If humans do go extinct, Nature will find its way, it always does."

That's the key part. People denying the crisis will be fine, but their children and grand children will be doomed.

Too bad their pride comes before their legacy.

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his has been peddled for decades.

The fact is that many areas are actually experiencing rewilding and many animals are recovering from the industrial age which was the worst environmental period.

We are already in recovery phase.

Thanks for the knowledge, professor burning bush. Of course, evidence and every other biological intelligence source will disagree with you.

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And yet, we will do nothing. Just as we have been doing since these warnings began sounding, back in the 1970s. Because doing something will cost many their hoards of riches. That they don't understand that their riches mean nothing if Earth ceases to provide them sustenance...

Their greed shall be our downfall.

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I am most worried about the oceans, such as nicroplastics and overfishing.

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If we aren't on the list yet, we will be after 1,000,000 species become extinct.

In regard to the oceans, it's been reported that the reason why piracy is so rampant among desperate Somalians is due to overfishing by other countries of their coastal waters.

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Climate change has always resulted in mass-extinctions throughout the whole history of the earth. The triggers for the climate change have varied, but the result is always the same. There is no reason to doubt this bout if severe climate change will result in further mass extinctions. The past mass-extinctions have always involves large amounts of CO2 in the atmosphere. The current climate change is slow, but it is increasing with the amount of CO2 being released into the atmosphere. The seas are becoming warmer and more acidic pushing populations of fish away from the tropics. The plastics in the oceans are also contributing. As sea levels rise many areas of arable land in Asia will become unsuitable for rice production, which will result in mass-starvation. The future is not bright, that is for sure. The earth is at it’s sustainable limits and the production of CO2, global warming, rising sea levels and deforestation will push the earth beyond its level of sustainability resulting in mass-extinctions.

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With estimated sea level rise of 30-40 or 50 metres (depending on who you listento/believe) there won't be much left anywhere except in mountainous regions and even those places would be on borrowed time. The question is---exactly when are these dire predictions going to take effect?

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Waterworld is coming. Time to buy a sailboat and a harpoon.

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I believe we are already pass the point of no return and the earth as we have known it will end before the end of the century. Because of greed and stupidity we have destroyed the beautiful earth which has given us life foe thousands of years.

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With estimated sea level rise of 30-40 or 50 metres (depending on who you listento/believe) 

Yes, who on earth are you listening to? The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change predicts a rise in sea level of between 26 to 77 cm by 2100. -Which is bad enough, but because it's not what you want to exaggerate it to, everything's OK?

The question is---exactly when are these dire predictions going to take effect?

They already are taking effect.

Average sea levels have swelled over 8 inches (about 23 cm) since 1880, with about three of those inches gained in the last 25 years. Every year, the sea rises another .13 inches (3.2 mm).

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/global-warming/sea-level-rise/

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Check this article out for those who doubt the impact of rising sea levels.

https://www.zmescience.com/ecology/climate/the-world-without-ice/

@Reckless - Waterworld is coming. Time to buy a sailboat and a harpoon

You won’t need the harpoon because the oceans will be void of life due to desalinization from the melted freshwater and acidification from CO2. One should be able to catch a nice haul of plastic though.

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The fact is that many areas are actually experiencing rewilding

Many more areas aren't though. Read the article again, especially the bit about, 'the size of England'

and many animals are recovering from the industrial age which was the worst environmental period.

Many more animals aren't recovering from the current industrial age which is a much worse environmental period.

You'll be okay if though I'm sure, as long as you keep ignoring the evidence.

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In the words of the immortal George Carlin:

"The planet is fine. The planet has survived much worse than us. It's been through meteorite showers, asteroids, millions of years of bombardments by comets, massive volcanoes, earthquakes and so on. The planet isn't going anywhere. We are!"

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The problem is that we treat the problem as of it were someone else’s.

Also, the message is buy this or that and people do!

The world has a growing population so the situation will become worse.

However, by cutting back on our own consumption we can do a lot to alleviate pollution and waste.

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