Daily Archives: July 14, 2019

Edge of Extinction: Examples of Rapid Extinction

Nature Bats Last
Published on Mar 20, 2019

www.guymcpherson.com www.onlyloveremains.org Eight paths to functional extinction: https://guymcpherson.com/2019/03/edge… The hubris of humans extends to their assumed eternal presence on this planet. Several other iterations of our hominid species have come and gone extinct, some quite rapidly. There is no reason we modern humans also will not go extinct. This could happen quite rapidly. Here are the examples of RAPID extinctions of other animals mentioned in the video. The Bellinger River turtle was saved from extinction by zoos.

This situation, living in a zoo to avoid extinction, is known as functional extinction. https://medium.com/taronga-conservati… https://www.sciencedirect.com/science… https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belling…

Within the Bellinger drainage, a very restricted range, the species is widely distributed and locally abundant. Current threats to its persistence include habitat modification and loss of native riparian vegetation, associated turbidification and sedimentation, predation by the introduced European fox, and competition with the recently introduced turtle Emydura macquarii. http://dmns.planmylegacy.org/why-we-g… n 1952, the Bárcena volcano erupted, spewing millions of tons of ash into the sky, blanketing the entire island and laying waste to all life. An account of the first visit after the volcano reads like a naturalist’s account of the aftermath of Pompeii. Nearly 20,000 seabird skeletons were observed poking out of the ash. While tragic and sad, the Bárcena eruption did not mark the end of San Benedicto’s story. One year after the eruption, seabirds returned to nest. Today vegetation has reclaimed much of the island, and the number of nesting seabirds equals or in some estimates exceeds the numbers prior to the eruption. So although San Benedicto Island lives on as a paradise for seabirds, it lives on without its music. The rock wren was lost that day. https://www.theatlantic.com/science/a…

On September 1, 1914, an old, trembling passenger pigeon named Martha died at Cincinnati Zoo. With her demise, her entire species slid into extinction. But in many ways, the species was already gone, for a solitary passenger pigeon is almost not a passenger pigeon at all. This is an animal that existed in gestalt. Its essence was in the flock. Simon Pokagon, a Potawatomi author and leader, described them as “the grandest waterfall of America” and their sound as that of “distant thunder” or “an army of horses laden with sleigh bells.” “Men still live who, in their youth, remember pigeons; trees still live who, in their youth, were shaken by a living wind. But a few decades hence only the oldest oaks will remember, and at long last only the hills will know.” —Aldo Leopold, “On a Monument to the Pigeon,” 1947 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dodo

The first recorded mention of the dodo was by Dutch sailors in 1598. In the following years, the bird was hunted by sailors and invasive species, while its habitat was being destroyed. The last widely accepted sighting of a dodo was in 1662. Its extinction was not immediately noticed, and some considered it to be a mythical creature.



James Hansen’s 1988 testimony after 30 years. How did he do?

Published on Jun 20, 2018

James Hansen is known as the “Father of Global Warming”, chiefly because of his 1988 testimony before the U.S. Senate, in which he announced that “… the greenhouse effect has been detected, and is changing our climate now.” 30 years later, Peter Sinclair asked senior climate scientists how those predictions have held up.

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Remember When James Hansen was a Legitimate Scientist?

Nature Bats Last
Published on Jul 10, 2019

Edge of Extinction: Remember When James Hansen was a Legitimate Scientist?


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Peter Carter, M.D. – Unprecedented Crime: Climate Science Denial and Game Changers for Survival

The Real Truth About Health
Published on Jul 14, 2019

Peter Carter, M.D. – Unprecedented Crime: Climate Science Denial and Game Changers for Survival Dr. Peter D. Carter is a retired MD with past experience in environmental health protection policy development. Peter is the founder of the Climate Emergency Institute. He served as an expert reviewer for the IPCC’s fifth climate change assessment in 2014.

Passionate believers in whole food plant based diets, no chemicals, minimal pharmaceutical drugs, no GMO’s. Fighting to stop climate change and extinction.

Iran’s water crisis

FRANCE 24 English

Published on Jun 15, 2018

Riot Police Clash with Protesters Inside Hong Kong Mall

VOA News

Published on Jul 14, 2019

Police in Hong Kong fought with protesters on Sunday as they broke up a demonstration by thousands of people demanding the resignation of the semi-autonomous Chinese territory’s chief executive and an investigation into complaints of police violence. (AP/Reuters)

The Great Climate Robbery: How the Food System Drives Climate Change and What We Can Do About It

In The Great Climate Robbery highly respected non-profit Grain connects analysis of the food system to larger issues affecting the planet, and links peoples’ struggles over food to climate change.

The collected articles in this book will help readers to understand the ways in which corporations seek to control the food system, and give information and analysis to challenge this control. This book features endorsements from Naomi Klein, Bill McKibben, and Vandana Shiva.

Henk Hobbelink is a member of the Grain collective, an international non-profit that works to support small farmers and social movements in their struggles for community-controlled and biodiversity-based food systems.

Dust Bowls of Empire: Imperialism, Environmental Politics, and the Injustice of “Green” Capitalism (Yale Agrarian Studies Series): Hannah Holleman

A profound reinterpretation of the Dust Bowl on the U.S. southern plains and its relevance for today

The 1930s witnessed a harrowing social and ecological disaster, defined by the severe nexus of drought, erosion, and economic depression that ravaged the U.S. southern plains. Known as the Dust Bowl, this crisis has become a major referent of the climate change era, and has long served as a warning of the dire consequences of unchecked environmental despoliation.

Through innovative research and a fresh theoretical lens, Hannah Holleman reexamines the global socioecological and economic forces of settler colonialism and imperialism precipitating this disaster, explaining critical antecedents to the acceleration of ecological degradation in our time. Holleman draws lessons from this period that point a way forward for environmental politics as we confront the growing global crises of climate change, freshwater scarcity, extreme energy, and soil degradation.

When will Hong Kong protests end? | Inside Story

Published on Jul 14, 2019
The summer of discontent looks set to continue as grievances widen.

Weeks of protests in Hong Kong were initially sparked by the introduction of a controversial extradition bill in parliament that would have seen people sent to mainland China to stand trial. The government suspended the bill, with the Chief Executive even saying it was “dead.” But that’s not satisfied tens of thousands of people in Hong Kong who are frustrated at what they see as growing political interference from Beijing. The parliament in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory’s been vandalised. Towns near the border with China have seen unprecedented rallies. And police and protesters have faced off in violent confrontations. So what will it take to end the demonstrations?

Presenter: Halla Mohieddeen.

Guests: Emily Lau, former councillor at the Hong Kong Legislative Council and a former Chairwoman of the Democratic Party. James Palmer, senior editor at Foreign Policy Magazine Lawrence Ma, Chairman of the Hong Kong Legal Exchange Foundation and a member of the Silent Majority for Hong Kong Political Party.

Are China-U.S. trade relations finally moving in a positive direction?

Published on Jul 14, 2019
China-U.S. trade talks have returned to normal after a two-month hiatus. Will a truce be signed after the U.S. decided to suspend new tariffs, ease certain export restrictions on Huawei, and exempt 110 Chinese products from the 25-percent tariff imposed one year ago? Will the 12th round of trade negotiations be any more productive and lead to a full lift of the tariffs that the Chinese government insists should be eliminated? And what remaining questions need to be resolved for better bilateral relations overall?