Over confidence has a terribly sharp slope and I’m tired of falling down it every time someone trips me up.
The planet’s current biodiversity, the product of 3.5 billion years of evolutionary trial and error, is the highest in the history of life. But it may be reaching a tipping point. Scientists caution that the loss and decline of animals is contributing to what appears to be the early days of the planet’s sixth mass biological extinction event. Since 1500, more than 320 terrestrial vertebrates have become extinct. Populations of the remaining species show a 25 percent average decline in abundance. The situation is similarly dire for invertebrate animal life. And while previous extinctions have been driven by natural planetary transformations or catastrophic asteroid strikes, the current die-off can be associated to human activity, a situation that the lead author Rodolfo Dirzo, a professor of biology at Stanford, designates an era of “Anthropocene defaunation.”
By day, Ian Hughes makes beer. On nights and weekends, he defends it.
"He can make people care. “Public health threat” just doesn’t grab attention like “endangered beer.”"
Neil deGrasse Tyson takes on climate deniers, challenges scientists to speak up before it’s too late
All my neighbor’s either have loud dogs, loud children, or loud lawnmowers, or all of the above, and I really absolutely dislike their lives.
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