A Real Time Research Documentary on Mass Extinction
and an urgent Call for Action on Climate and Biodiversity
Updated 28-Nov-2018 For significant updates, follow @dhushara on Twitter
This page maintains a real-time update of human impact on the biosphere, focused on global warming
and catastrophic climate change,
species extinction, deforestation, habitat loss, population and other issues, so that the reader can keep pace with the emerging situation.
This is a situation we are all very well aware of and it is critical to the future of Earth and the viablility of humanity as a species
that every single one of us makes it our prime and central aim in life to personally ensure that the world remains naturally resilient,
to provide future generations with a reasonable prospect of continued survival. Action is absolutely essential and urgent!!
How far individual nation's pledges fall short, leading to global warming of up to 5oC by 2100 (http://paris-equity-check.org/).
A WORLD WARNING: Populism, Tribalism and the Future of Planet Earth
The Great Dying is a Wake-Up Call: A Personal Statement
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Comparison of the evolution of the universe from the big bang and the evolution of life shows that life on Earth has existed for a full third of the universes lifetime and can thus be considered a long-term stable feature of cosmic evolution. Astronomical events, including impacts and possibly also nearby supernovae, have always played a major role in causing mass extinctions, accompanied by ensuing volcanism possibly as a secondary consequence of the impacts themselves. However the advent of global human impact on the biosphere is threatening in the next century to cause a mass extinction more serious than the extinction event that wiped out the dinosaurs. This process is caused both by direct impacts such as deforestation and habitat destruction, by the effects of potentially irreversible climate crisis, the sheer effects of population explosion and by genetically modifying the very species upon which we depend, without conserving their naturally viable forms, so that our future becomes brittle and fragile, dependent on maintaining artificial growing environments and high-tech food distribution processes which would be disabled globally by the slightest of astronomical disturbances, leading directly towards human extinction. For a single species to cause a mass extinction of life's diversity, possibly lasting 10 million years in one or two centuries is thus terminal folly. This folly is compounded by the ever increasing ecomnomc and medical value biological resources have in the genetic epoch. There is thus a paramount need for us to rediscover our relationship with the natural universe and to take the responsibility to regenerate genetic and biological diversity to sustain our own future generations.
Species Diversity and Species Extinction
Time lapse of loss of glacial ice cover Himalayas 1921 - 2011 BBC (GlacierWorks, Royal Geographical Society and Fondazione Sella O.n.l.u.s.).
World regions having 0, 5, 50,100 and 200 days over 95oF left under the Paris accord and right without Paris (Climate Impact Lab).
Click maps to enlarge. Note that the right hand scenario could result in particularly severe changes to the climate of the Amazon basin.
By 2200, much of the world will have become as hot as the Eocene 50 million years ago, study says 2018 Source article password=
Climate Change, Global Warming, and Ocean Rise
Latest high accuracy predictions show no sign of population growth peak by 2100. Left: World population trends in the latest 2014 study show high confidence estimates of world population growing from the current 7 billion to 11 billion by 2100 with no sign of reduction (10% and 5% variations in darkening colours). Right: Growth by continent with Africa failing to curb population growth (Gerland P et al. 2014 World population stabilization unlikely this century Science 346 234 doi:10.1126/science.1257469). This shows that the unrestrained population growth is largely confined to Africa, with other continents stabilizing and some countries expereincing a population decline due to rapidly falling fertility rates. Below: 2017 world birth rates and populatin pyramids (Lancet 2018).
Population: For a complete discussion, see The Population Bomb
Left: Ozone hole trends 1979-2013. Right: Jan-Dec 2016. Due to newer contaminants from making PVC, closing the ozone hole may be delayed for 30 more years.
The Ozone Hole
Resources, Biofuels and Peak Oil