AFP news that suggests the world’s sixth mass extinction may be underway, “on the fast track” because of…you guessed it, man-made causes.
Apparently scientists have finally realized that global warming fails to generate sufficient concern for taxes to be raised. The AFP article cites our triggers of impending doom include “habitation loss, over-hunting, over-fishing, the spread of germs and viruses and introduced species, and by climate change caused by fossil fuel greenhouse gases.”
Global warming comes in last? Al Gore must be upset.
On the other hand, maybe he knew all along that global warming theory was a bunch of hot air. If he really thought the oceans were going to rise and flood New York City, why did he plunk down almost $9 million for oceanfront property in California?
Nine million bucks for his beach house? Maybe not that upset.
I’ve got to ask — did the former Nobel Prize winner think only the Atlantic Ocean would rise if all the icebergs melted?
Now this latest scientific report or study paints another bleak picture. It claims that in the last 500 years, eighty species of mammals have allegedly become extinct.
The article quotes researcher Anthony Barnosky to say, “It looks like modern extinction rates resemble mass extinction rates, even after setting a high bar for defining mass extinction….the sixth mass extinction could arrive in as little as three to twenty two centuries.”
To leave us with a scintilla of hope, Barnosky adds, “So far, only one to two percent of all species have gone extinct in the groups we can look at clearly, so by those numbers, it looks like we are not far down the road to extinction. We still have a lot of Earth’s biota to save.” (if you give us lots of money to preserve them, he forgot to mention.)
But according to the numbers offered by French biologist (and president of of Museum of Natural History in Paris) Gilles Boeuf, this report doesn’t make all that much sense. Boeuf says there are 1.9 million known species on Earth and 16,000 to 18,000 new life forms discovered every year. He estimates 15 to 30 million total forms of life may exist on Earth.
By the end of this century, we might kill off half of them if Boeuf’s prediction is right.
So, let me get this straight…we don’t really have any idea how many different kinds of creatures live on Earth — we think that the number of known different organisms on Earth could be understated by anywhere from 13 to 28 million organisms. We don’t even know if these organisms really exist, and we probably won’t get around to counting them before they become extinct.
Does this mean we could undergo a mass extinction and not even realize it?
The article projects doomsday well beyond anybody’s natural lifetime, so we won’t be around to know if they were right or wrong in their SWAG.
Not even if we pay the government a lot more money in carbon taxes, forcing less public consumption of fossil fuels in an effort to keep these imaginary creatures alive.
But we should give the government more money anyway, because it’s the right thing to do and we have more than we need already, right?
Yeah…that’s the ticket!