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Mass Extinction Could Happen Within Decades

Discussion in 'Sea Save Foundation' started by Sea Save Foundation, Oct 2, 2017.

  1. Sea Save Foundation

    Sea Save Foundation Sea Save Foundation Leader

    Previous mass extinction events – the last of which occurred 252 million years ago – are evidenced by carbon in marine sediments. Today marine carbon is accumulating faster than in the past. When carbon amounts in the environment meet a certain threshold, a mass extinction occurs. At the current rate, says scientist Daniel Rothman, this extinction could happen within decades, and certainly before the end of the century. By pumping enormous amounts of carbon into the environment, humanity is quite possibly setting the stage for a global sixth mass extinction event in the marine – and possibly terrestrial – environment.

    Read more here (story #1).

  2. Rred

    Rred Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: In a safe place
    And your problem is?

    Bear in mind that without the previous mass extinctions, mammals would still be furry little things that lived in burrows and got eaten as snacks. We only exist because of the previous extinctions. And if the next one takes us out...well, it may also replace us with something better. Again.

    That's the way it works, right?
  3. northernone

    northernone Great White Rest in Peace ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Currently: Cozumel, from Canada
    ... Hopefully it's us to go first. No issues with nature's cycles scrubbing us clean.
  4. divad

    divad ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Sponsor

    I have no qualms about being part of the solution.
    Last edited: Oct 2, 2017

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