Plant Extinction

A study published on June 10th in Nature Ecology & Evolution (authors: A.M. Humphreys, R. Govaerts, S. Ficinski, E.N. Lughadha, and M.S. Vorontsova) has indicated that over the past 250 years, 571 plant species have become extinct. Human activity is considered to be the primary reason for the vast majority of these extinctions.  The authors … Continue reading Plant Extinction

UN – One Million Species Face Extinction

The long awaited report from the UN’s Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) was published on May 6th. The Report clearly shows that human activity is having dramatic consequences to Mother Earth. Approximately one million species are at risk of extinction due to climate change, pollution, and the destruction of natural habitats. It … Continue reading UN – One Million Species Face Extinction

Columbus’ Other Legacy

Did you know that in the century and a half after Christopher Columbus set foot in the New World in 1492, the invasion of the Spanish Conquistadors resulted in the deaths from all causes (i.e., introduction of smallpox and other diseases, mass slaughter, infrastructure collapse, etc.) of approximately 90% of the New World's inhabitants by … Continue reading Columbus’ Other Legacy

The Fragility of Life – Extinctions

The Four Horsemen have rampaged Earth all too many times.  The four horsemen of the Apocalypse, from the Bible's Book of Revelation. The four beings that ride white (Conquest), red (War), black (Famine) and pale (Death) horses. Remember Clint Eastwood's Preacher, on the Pale Horse in the film Pale Rider, who symbolized death? Terrific film. … Continue reading The Fragility of Life – Extinctions

Carlin’s Fleas

The Washington Post published an article (May 25th, 2018) citing a University of Reading (UK) Study indicating that 17 of the 18 warmest years on record have occurred since 2001. Multiple agencies (the US NOAA, the UK Met Office, and the World Meteorological Organization) reported that the last four years have been the warmest on record … Continue reading Carlin’s Fleas