We’ve Entered the Age of Mass Extinction: Goodbye Fish and a Whole Lot More | | AlterNet

We’ve Entered the Age of Mass Extinction: Goodbye Fish and a Whole Lot More | | AlterNet.

We’ve Entered the Age of Mass Extinction: Goodbye Fish and a Whole Lot More

Paleontologist Peter Ward talks about the threats from global warming, rising population and our own plain stupidity.
Mass extinction is finally fighting its way back into the news cycle, thanks to recent scary reports on climate change from the International Programme on the State of the Ocean, the United Nations Environment Program and the July issue of Science. But University of Washington paleontologist Peter Ward has been there, done that, and he’s still depressed as hell.

“I wrote a book in 1994 called The End of Evolution: A Journey in Search of Clues to the Third Mass Extinction Facing Earth that said, within in a decade or two, we’d be seeing these monumental destructions, and people laughed at it,” Ward explained by phone from Seattle. “I wrote a book just last year about sea-level rise called The Flooded Earth: Our Future in a World Without Ice Caps, saying that things look pretty desperate for the next 60 to 80 years and got almost no reviews. Luckily, I’m not going to be alive to see the worst of it. But the sad thing is that it’s horrible to be right, just horrible. Somebody gave me the foresight to see what’s coming, and I don’t like it.”  (LEARN MORE)



  1. August 14, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    We are in a lot of trouble. I think that if we don’t adapt, we are on that list. We are not going to like a torrid earth, no matter that the GOP says. We are not adapted for a torrid earth.
    The atmosphere will change, and we are evolved to breath this mix of air in a certain range of humidity.
    That is going to change, and we are not going to like that, at all.

  2. August 14, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    Let us all unite and solve the GLOBAL WARMING problem… YES PLS. ALL OF US…

  3. Zee Kallah said,

    August 14, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    One of the primary endangered species, go into the bathroom and look in the mirror.

  4. David King said,

    August 14, 2011 at 11:30 pm

    Most of us who look at resource diminution have realised for many years that mass extinctions in the quite near future are inevitable. The only possible stopping would be if we devise a monetary system in which money does not earn interest. With world globalisation and control of governments by corporates there is little chance of any action to stop our rush to destruction. The world will be fortunate if it does not turn into a hot planet without any water. Perhaps 100 years or therabouts may well see the end of life on earth unless the cockroaches can adapt. We should somehow try to control the overreaching power of worldwide corporates if we want to save the world.

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