The anticipated stream of Eco Prop has begun now that the Papal Propaganda has hit the cut & paste mainstream media.
So welcome to the New and Improved Sixth Mass Extinction Event.
Stanford Report, June 19, 2015
Stanford researcher declares that the sixth mass extinction is here
By Rob Jordan – Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment
Paul Ehrlich and others use highly conservative estimates to prove that species are disappearing faster than at any time since the dinosaurs’ demise.
Apparently, “there is no longer any doubt” [now where have I heard that before?] that the New and Improved Sixth Mass Extinction Event is coming after YOU and the whole of humanity.
There is no longer any doubt:
We are entering a mass extinction that threatens humanity’s existence.
Apparently, there is a “general agreement among scientists” that Life on Earth hasn’t been this precarious for 66 million years although [strangely enough] the number of well fed Earth Scientists is growing exponentially – just like their hyperbolic scare stories.
There is general agreement among scientists that extinction rates have reached levels unparalleled since the dinosaurs died out 66 million years ago.
This certainty is reassuringly based upon
official global species census records covering the last 66 million years “conservative estimates”.
The new study, published in the journal Science Advances, shows that even with extremely conservative estimates, species are disappearing up to about 100 times faster than the normal rate between mass extinctions, known as the background rate.
And guess what: it’s all our fault because
we play the drums all day and bonk all night long “economic inequity has” miraculously “altered or destroyed natural habitats”
To history’s steady drumbeat, a human population growing in numbers, per capita consumption and economic inequity has altered or destroyed natural habitats.
This time the science is really settled because there is supporting data from a totally unbiased and disinterested source: International Union for Conservation of Nature.
Source: International Union for Conservation of Nature
IUCN’s work focuses on valuing and conserving nature, ensuring effective and equitable governance of its use, and deploying nature-based solutions to global challenges in climate, food and development.
IUCN supports scientific research, manages field projects all over the world, and brings governments, NGOs, the UN and companies together to develop policy, laws and best practice.
IUCN is the world’s oldest and largest global environmental organisation, with more than 1,200 government and NGO Members and almost 11,000 volunteer experts in some 160 countries. IUCN’s work is supported by over 1,000 staff in 45 offices and hundreds of partners in public, NGO and private sectors around the world.
However, there are a few strange things about this histogram.
Firstly, it suggests 54 species went extinct between 1500 and 1600 although most of the Globe was unexplored [at that time] by western [species counting] Earth Scientists.
Between 1492 and 1503, Columbus completed four round-trip voyages between Spain and the Americas, all of them under the sponsorship of the Crown of Castile.
These voyages marked the beginning of the European exploration and colonization of the American continents, and are thus of enormous significance in Western history.
The first recorded European sighting of the Australian mainland, and the first recorded European landfall on the Australian continent, are attributed to the Dutch navigator Willem Janszoon.
He sighted the coast of Cape York Peninsula in early 1606, and made landfall on 26 February at the Pennefather River near the modern town of Weipa on Cape York.
Antarctica has no indigenous population and there is no evidence that it was seen by humans until the 19th century.
Secondly, the last time I checked, vertebrates included such exotica as fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals.
Vertebrates include the jawless fish and the jawed vertebrates, which includes the cartilaginous fish (sharks and rays) and the bony fish.
A bony fish clade known as the lobe-finned fishes includes the tetrapods, which are divided into amphibians, reptiles, mammals, and birds.
Therefore, although the horrifying histogram is extremely elegant [and traumatically troubling] it does appear to very slightly overstate [aka double counting] the esteemed expert estimates of Earthly extinctions.
Undoubtedly this is just a simple oversight.
Perhaps the histogram includes the number of Spineless Scientists Riding the Global Warming Gravy Train and this element was accidentally labelled: Vertebrates.
Or perhaps the histogram includes the number of Square Kilometres of the Known World and this element was accidentally labelled: Vertebrates.
Or perhaps the histogram includes the Estimated Error for the Extinction Estimates and this element was accidentally labelled: Vertebrates.
And perhaps we will never know why they decided to juice the last 20th century column by an extra ten percent [1900 – 2010] although [again] this could just be another clumsy labelling oversight.
It’s so reassuring to know that we are not being manipulated by Suborned Science, Greedy Governments, Media Moguls and Zany Zealots.