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Mass Extinction

Tiny Bugs May Have Caused Earth's Biggest Extinction

LiveScience | Tia Ghose | Posted 04.01.2014 | Science

A microbial feeding frenzy may have fueled the biggest mass extinction in Earth's history, new research suggests. The findings suggest that bacteri...

Q&A with Elizabeth Kolbert: Dialogues on the Environment

Mark Tercek | Posted 02.25.2014 | Green
Mark Tercek

In this ongoing series, I talk with thought leaders about ideas and trends in the environmental movement. Next in the series is my conversation wit...

Will We Be the Next Extinction?

Geri Spieler | Posted 04.13.2014 | Books
Geri Spieler

While modern man, as we know it, she says, arrived in Europe about 40,000 years ago, we may go the way of the Dodo bird if we don't change our ways.

Eek! Will Ginormous Rats Take Over Earth?

LiveScience | Laura Poppick | Posted 02.11.2014 | Science

In the event of a future mass extinction, rats may be the animals best suited to repopulate the world, some scientists say. And if rats did "take ov...

Are We Falling Off the Climate Precipice?

Dahr Jamail | Posted 02.16.2014 | Green
Dahr Jamail

We are currently in the midst of what scientists consider the sixth mass extinction in planetary history, with between 150 and 200 species going extinct daily, a pace 1,000 times greater than the "natural" or "background" extinction rate.

Could This Limit Mass Animal And Plant Extinctions?

Reuters | Posted 02.08.2014 | Green

OSLO, Dec 9 (Reuters) - Ancient farming practices, such as raising fish in rice paddies in China or Aboriginal Australian fire controls, will get a ...

Last Hours for Humanity?

Tom Weis | Posted 10.08.2013 | Green
Tom Weis

Earth is sending us an urgent and unmistakable message, one that we ignore at our own peril. Failure to drastically slash carbon emissions now could mean the end of humanity.

PLOS Research Predicts Climate Change 'Winners' and 'Losers'

Linda Marsa | Posted 10.09.2013 | Science
Linda Marsa

There's a growing consensus among scientists that the earth is in the midst of its sixth mass extinction. The results of these calculations and models -- once they arrive in the popular media -- are increasingly positioned as scorecards, offering nature's "winners" and "losers."

Fossils Suggest Earlier Start For Odd Dinosaur-Like Creatures

Posted 04.30.2013 | Science

By: Stephanie Pappas, LiveScience Senior Writer Published: 04/29/2013 03:14 PM EDT on LiveScience Dinosaurs — or at least their ancestors — ma...

Ancient Mega-Volcanoes Tied To Huge Extinction Event

Posted 03.22.2013 | Science

By: Tanya Lewis, LiveScience Staff Writer Published: 03/21/2013 02:11 PM EDT on LiveScience Massive volcanic eruptions may have led to the extermina...

New Evidence May Settle Dino Extinction Dispute

Posted 02.08.2013 | Science

By: Charles Choi, LiveScience Contributor Published: 02/07/2013 02:11 PM EST on LiveScience The idea that a cosmic impact ended the age of dinosau...

2012: A Farewell to Creatures Great (and Small)

Robert Walker | Posted 02.27.2013 | Green
Robert Walker

The disruption of entire eco-systems is harmful to the people who depend upon them for their economic survival. Poaching in developing countries may temporarily enrich the poachers, but posterity is inevitably impoverished.

The Trouble With Meteors

John Geoghegan | Posted 02.22.2013 | TED Weekends
John Geoghegan

Unfortunately for us, earth has experienced at least five mass extinctions during the past 540 million years. Some scientists believe it may be as many as twenty. In other words, mass extinction events are not uncommon.

EXPLAINED: How World's Worst Extinction Event Unfolded

Posted 12.06.2012 | Science

By: Tia Ghose, LiveScience Staff Writer Published: 12/05/2012 11:54 AM EST on LiveScience SAN FRANCISCO — Nickel-eating bacteria may have worsene...

People Power Essential to Saving Endangered Species

Noah Greenwald | Posted 08.22.2012 | Green
Noah Greenwald

Spotted owls, Florida panthers and California red-legged frogs all have something in common -- they're endangered species and they can't vote or make campaign contributions.

When an Elephant Falls in the African Bush

Robert Walker | Posted 05.22.2012 | Green
Robert Walker

When South Korean scientists announce, as they did earlier this month, that they hope to clone a Woolly Mammoth, the world listens, but if poachers kill 200 elephants in the African bush, as they did recently in Cameroon, does anyone really care?

New Hope for Some of America's Most Fascinating (and Imperiled) Species

Kieran Suckling | Posted 11.28.2011 | Green
Kieran Suckling

A perfect natural laboratory, the Southeast is the world's center of aquatic biodiversity, with more species of freshwater mussels, snails and crayfish than anywhere else on Earth. Unfortunately, it's also been an epicenter of extinction.

We've Entered the Age of Mass Extinction

Scott Thill | Posted 10.12.2011 | Green
Scott Thill

Mass extinction is finally fighting its way back into the news cycle, thanks to recently scary reports on climate change.

'Earth Burp' May Have Caused Mass Extinction

The Huffington Post | Dean Praetorius | Posted 09.20.2011 | Green

Researchers seem to keep finding new ways that most of the planet's life could have gone extinct. Researchers at the Nordic Center for Earth Evolut...

Travis Donovan

'Shocking' Oceans Report Warns Of Impending Mass Extinction

HuffingtonPost.com | Travis Donovan | Posted 08.20.2011 | Green

If the current actions contributing to a multifaceted degradation of the world's oceans aren't curbed, a mass extinction unlike anything human history...

Should Scientists Recreate Extinct Species?

David Mizejewski | Posted 07.31.2011 | Green
David Mizejewski

In light of the current global mass extinction crisis, should we try to bring back extinct species such as the quagga or the woolly mammoth?

The Deal We Dare Not Turn Down: Save This Rainforest, or Trigger Our Destruction

Johann Hari | Posted 07.25.2011 | Green
Johann Hari

Ecuador's government says that if the rest of the world offers just half of what the oil beneath their rainforest is worth -- $3.5 billion -- they will keep the rainforest standing and alive and working for us all.

Study: Next Great Mass Extinction May Have Already Begun

The Huffington Post | Dean Praetorius | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Scientists say the next mass extinction may already be under way. A new study, published in the most recent issue of the journal Nature states just t...

Coal Fires May Have Caused Biggest Mass Extinction Ever

The Huffington Post | Joanna Zelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

250 million years ago was not a fun time to live on earth. Studies now suggest that around this time, volcanic eruptions sparked coal fires that may h...

U.S. Bumble Bees In Sharp Decline, Joining Trend Of Disappearing Species

The Huffington Post | Travis Donovan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

North American bees are disappearing at a rapid rate, signaling a dire threat to the production of countless food sources. The Guardian reports that ...