Mathematics predicts a sixth mass extinction


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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 20 September 2017

 

 

Mathematics predicts a sixth mass extinction

By 2100, oceans may hold enough carbon to launch mass extermination of species in future millennia,
MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, September 20, 2017. 

 

The extinction event has already begun. It began as the widespread eco-death necessary to achieve the scale of carbon dioxide output, to build the very “growth machine” that is necessary to fundamentally unbalance the carbon cycle in the first place.

Thus the long-term effects of the deeper damages to the web of life our “growth machine of death” will begin to have full effect at the point where our contemporary “growth and development” policies themselves have already triggered a spreading extinction event from their “direct” effects, from directly tearing down and paving whole ecosystems.

Although I believe this research valuable, I believe it respresents a “bookend” for extinction events, being the last point at which extinction cannot be avoided, yet it fails to mention that any ecosystem approaching this point was going through a hell of a lot of “pain” before it reached this final tipping point, as ours is now. It also fails to mention that this time it is humans breaking the carbon cycle.

 

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