Globally, 30 percent of the Earth's species could disappear if temperatures rise 4.5 degrees Fahrenheit _ and up to 70 percent, if they rise 6.3 degrees Fahrenheit, a U.N. network of scientists reported last month.
It wouldn't be the first time. There have been five major extinctions in the last 520 million years, and four of them have been linked to warmer tropical seas, according to a study published last month in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, a British scientific journal.
So the article readily admits that the temperature of the earth has in fact change dramatically over the "520 million years" to the point of mass extinction? Interesting. And all this time I thought dinosaurs roamed the earth on their feet, not SUV's.
But let's take a closer look at the first statement. The article claims that 30% of the earth's species will die off if there is a 4.5 degree increase in temperature and 70% if there is a 6.5 degree increase? Huh? Where do they get these numbers? What is the magic formula that even remotely indicates that the earth's temperature will rise 4.5 degrees ? What is their timeline for that?
Such arbitrary behavior for anyone that considers themself a "journalist" should be unacceptable to their respective editors.
With many species unable to evolve fast enough to adapt, conservationists are considering the creation of natural corridors to encourage animals to move and even relocating them to cooler places. The latter is controversial.
"You are effectively playing God. You are effectively changing evolution on purpose," Foden said. "If our job as biologist is to conserve species, then certainly we must move them. But if it's to conserve natural evolutionary processes ... then we have to give them corridors and let them do their thing."
Well, unless you are God, they will either survive, or be at the end of their evolutionary life. Clearly more sensationalism to urge us "to act", but how? Evidence has shown that mass extinctions occur without human involvement, or activity. So what is the correct course of action? If we only produce less that 1% of greenhouse gasses that are created on an annual basis, what is there left for us to do?
Yet, like the article itself supports, some will perish and some will flourish, it's called evolution. Why is it a hard concept for the left to accept when they themselves use evolution to kill God in our classrooms?
Earth is a living breathing organism in of itself and as history shows, mass extinction leads to more and even exotic life. Who are we to determine that humans are the apex of Mother Earth's evolution? We surely are not.
Global Warming Wreaks Havoc With Nature
By MICHAEL CASEY, AP Environmental Writer
Wednesday, December 05, 2007