An Annihilation

December 14, 2014

Dali-31-giants-la-jolla-jewelryDark with a thick overcast in mid-afternoon here on California’s north coast, ‘rain likely’ so says the NWS and most-likely it will, but who’s to know?

Beyond/besides just a warming planet, this yesterday in the Guardian reveals humanity’s plight hinges on more than climate:

A stark depiction of the threat hanging over the world’s mammals, reptiles, amphibians and other life forms has been published by the prestigious scientific journal, Nature.
A special analysis carried out by the journal indicates that a staggering 41 percent of all amphibians on the planet now face extinction while 26 percent of mammal species and 13 percent of birds are similarly threatened.

In each case, the finger of blame points directly at human activities.

(Illustration: Salvador Dali’s ‘The Giants,’ found here).


“Habitat destruction, pollution or overfishing either kills off wild creatures and plants or leaves them badly weakened,” said Derek Tittensor, a marine ecologist at the World Conservation Monitoring Centre in Cambridge.
“The trouble is that in coming decades, the additional threat of worsening climate change will become more and more pronounced and could then kill off these survivors.”
The problem, according to Nature, is exacerbated because of the huge gaps in scientists’ knowledge about the planet’s biodiversity.
Estimates of the total number of species of animals, plants and fungi alive vary from 2 million to 50 million.
In addition, estimates of current rates of species disappearances vary from 500 to 36,000 a year.
“That is the real problem we face,” added Tittensor. “The scale of uncertainty is huge.”
In the end, however, the data indicate that the world is heading inexorably towards a mass extinction — which is defined as one involving a loss of 75 percent of species or more.
This could arrive in less than a hundred years or could take a thousand, depending on extinction rates.

All this I noted before, especially from environmental journalist Elizabeth Kolbert, most recent book published earlier this year reached the same conclusions, “The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural-History,” recorded the coming-end to a shitload of living things.
And parlay the course, in that terrible mix of over-farming of everything on land and sea, destroying conditions for life in order to feed, cloth and make wealthy a few of the 7 billion people on earth. The first five extinctions came from outside sources, this last one going on now, though, is near-about 100-percent due to homo sapiens, who can also make themselves go bye-bye.

Another brick in the wall this weekend, too, with to the UN climate conference in Lima, Peru, struck a deal that watered-down a lot of shit, like a shifting of emission responsibilities of countries, like to “may” instead of “shall” — another kick of the climate-change can down the torrid road:

Environmental groups were scathing in their response to the document, saying the proposals were nowhere need drastic enough.
Sam Smith, chief of climate policy for the environmental group WWF, said: “The text went from weak to weaker to weakest and it’s very weak indeed.”
Jagoda Munic, chairperson of Friends of the Earth International, said fears the talks would fail to deliver “a fair and ambitious outcome” had been proven “tragically accurate”.

In the mix of the apparent human nature to ravage one particular area of the earth, then move and do the same thing somewhere else — where have I heard that jaded hypothesis before?

“I’d like to share a revelation that I’ve had during my time here. It came to me when I tried to classify your species and I realized that you’re not actually mammals.
Every mammal on this planet instinctively develops a natural equilibrium with the surrounding environment but you humans do not.
You move to an area and you multiply and multiply until every natural resource is consumed and the only way you can survive is to spread to another area.
There is another organism on this planet that follows the same pattern. Do you know what it is? A virus.
Human beings are a disease, a cancer of this planet. You’re a plague and we are the cure.”

Sorry, Agent Smith there’s still two shitty sequels in the near-too-distant future.


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