Source: Science Daily
quote: If humans are able to burn that much oil in a day, it is ebcause of evolution.
quote: There have been far bigger temperature swings in the past and most species managed to adapt, and those which did not adapt, are not extinct.
quote: But the biggest reason for species extinction will be the massive habitat destruction going on around the world due to ever increasing population take over, pollution and exploding consumerism.
quote: I think it is the pinnacle of arrogance to think that humanity could irreparably damage the Earth
quote: if you check Google Earth you can see that Africa is more than 50% covered in green plants. B
quote: This. Habitat destruction is the real killer. 99% of the fauna in Africa has died in the last 100 years. Nearly all of north Africa has turned to desert in the last 2000 years.
quote: Let me get this straight. You're blaming man for Africa transforming from an oasis to a desert? Which was a process that began far far before the Industrial Revolution. And has been one repeated in other continents and regions dating back before modern man even existed. Yup I'm totally in idiot mode lol.
quote: Uhh virtually none of which has been caused by man.
quote: But the world would rather cripple the economies of first world energy users than tell third world countries to NOT destroy and pollute their natural flora/fauna.
quote: But the world would rather cripple the economies of first world energy users
quote: climate change(global warming)
quote: There is absolutely no evidence that previous big and rapid shifts in climate have driven species to extinction in the past or that it will in the future.
quote: I therefore find it inherently implausible that a shift of 4 degrees in the next 100 years will drive many, or indeed any, species into extinction.
quote: So what are species to do if they can't adapt fast enough?
quote: In the North Atlantic, sediments accumulated since the end of the last ice age, nearly 12,000 years ago, show regular increases in the amount of coarse sediment grains deposited from icebergs melting in the now open ocean, indicating a series of 1-2°C (2-4°F) cooling events recurring every 1,500 years or so
quote: So what are species to do if they can't adapt fast enough? The team said some could move to other locations that are cooler, but warned that this isn't an option for all species.
quote: Hence, some could become endangered or even extinct by 2100.
quote: It’s hard to argue that an extinction of a species isn’t a bad thing.