The End Is Near Monday

"Things are disappearing": On Earth's looming mass extinction and what to do about itStill from “Mass Extinction: Life at the Brink” (Credit: Smithsonian Channel)
Earth has already witnessed five mass extinctions — devastating events that wipe out the majority of life on the planet. The Cretaceous-Tertiary extinction event (known as the K/T extinction, for short), was likely caused by an asteroid colliding with Earth, and caused the dinosaurs to disappear. A more recent extinction event, “The Great Dying,” was likely caused by a volcanic event.

Now, we are likely at the brink of a sixth mass extinction. By 2070, the majority of coral reefs on Earth could vanish, killing 25 percent of all fish species in the process. Earth’s wildlife population has decreased by 50 percent in the last 40 years alone. With a drastically changing climate already taking its toll on our environment, we can expect to see many more changes like these in the near future. Salon spoke with evolutionary biologist and host of the documentary “Mass Extinction: Life at the Brink,” Sean B. Carroll to learn more about our (possibly) impending doom.



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13 Responses to The End Is Near Monday

  1. Den says:

    Global Destruction Squad, Human powered, destroying the planet so asteroids don’t have to.


  2. David B. Benson says:

    A little more snow.


  3. David B. Benson says:

    50- minutes of stick walking today. Nippy on the fingers.


    • Den says:

      Gordini ski gloves, never feel the cold again. Check where quality sporting goods are sold, should be around $20, I ride my cycle with mine, fingers toasty 36 miles @ 80mph, @ 40 degrees F.


  4. º¿carol says:

    Hey, where’s the little calendar in the upper, right hand corner? I use that thing.


  5. º¿carol says:

    The heat wave is over. Cold today. I should have used the roller….but I better not complain. It was totally up to me and I decided against it.


  6. º¿carol says:

    I can make the snow on this screen move with my cursor.


  7. David B. Benson says:

    Something changed in the format of DWF on my mobile.


  8. Den says:

    Irregardless, I must continue the work with the sheeps as they grow ever impatient.


  9. David B. Benson says:

    Furnace certainly hard at work.


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