Our Mass Extinction

Sixth mass extinction event in progress – and it’s humanity’s fault – study

Elon Musk: all species on Earth are doomed to extinction due to the expansion of the Sun if we don’t colonize other planets.

By AARON REICH Published: JANUARY 16, 2022 22:15
Updated: JANUARY 17, 2022 11:40

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EARTH, from Beresheet’s vantage point (photo credit: SPACEIL)

Earth is in the midst of a sixth mass extinction event, this time caused by human hands, a new study suggests.The five previous ones were caused by natural phenomena, either due to natural climate shifts or asteroid impacts. This sixth one, however, was anything but natural, according to a study published in the peer-reviewed academic journal Biological Reviews.The current extinction event is not even a new phenomenon, but has been going on since at least the 16th century.Top Articles By JPostRead More

Niece of Iran’s supreme leader imprisoned in Tehran – reportSkip AdEarth was once home to two million known species. According to the study, however, since 1500 CE, as many as 7.5%-13% of them may have been lost, meaning from 150,000 to 260,000 different species.Some deny this is happening. Or, more precisely, they deny that decline or outright extinction of many species point to a mass extinction event. But the study, led by the University of Hawaii’s Prof. Robert Cowie, argues that this is the result of bias.Birds of a different gender need a break from each other - so split to different temperate areas. (credit: Thomas Kinto/Unsplash)Birds of a different gender need a break from each other – so split to different temperate areas. (credit: Thomas Kinto/Unsplash)Most of these assessments focus on mammals and birds, the research professor said, completely overlooking invertebrates, the majority of biodiversity on Earth.The severity of the situation varies. Specifically, plant life is impacted at a slower rate, and land-based species – specifically on islands like Hawaii – are much more affected than on continents.

Is the loss of species a natural phenomenon? 

“Humans are the only species capable of manipulating the biosphere on a large scale,” Cowie emphasized in a statement. “We are not just another species evolving in the face of external influences. In contrast, we are the only species that has a conscious choice regarding our future and that of Earth’s biodiversity.”Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill Passed by Rep. Kurt Schrader ‘a Monumental Step Forward’Sponsored by House Majority Forward[Photos] Jen Psaki’s Husband Might Look Familiar To YouSponsored by Finance NancyThis is especially problematic because if humanity is causing the crisis, we’re also the only ones who can solve it – and we’re not very good at that.Conservation efforts are possible in theory and have been used successfully for some species. But only certain ones are helped, while the overall trend seems impossible to reverse. The political will to fight the problem is lacking, Cowie claims.And if people continue to deny that a sixth mass extinction event is even occurring, the situation will only get worse.“Denying the crisis, accepting it without reacting, or even encouraging it constitutes an abrogation of humanity’s common responsibility and paves the way for Earth to continue on its sad trajectory towards the Sixth Mass Extinction,” he warned.


Elon Musk weighs in on mass extinction 

Cowie isn’t the only one who recognizes the problem, though others may have a very different approach to both the nature of the problem and its solution.Oregon’s wildfire prevention efforts stand to gain thanks to Rep. Kurt SchraderCongressman Kurt Schrader represents Oregon’s 5th district.Sponsored by House Majority ForwardRecommended byAccording to billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk, in direct response to a tweet about Cowie’s study, it is inevitable that all life on Earth will go extinct – regardless of the mass extinction event being done by human hands.Rather than humans being the cause, though, he points to a crisis of a very different nature: The expansion of the But this can also be averted, he argued, should humanity spread throughout the stars and become a multi-planetary civilization.Musk has proposed this many times before, specifically colonizing Mars, and has made clear his ambitions through ventures of his company SpaceX.But Musk isn’t alone in thinking that spreading humanity to other planets is a possible solution.According to Israeli-American astronomer Avi Loeb of Harvard University, a possible light sail vessel could one day be used as a “Noah’s ark” of sorts to save life on Earth. This, he argued, is important, because mankind has already “spent a considerable amount of money into destroying the planet.”His idea would be different from Musk’s colonization one, however.“It doesn’t need to be a big spacecraft – it just needs to have an artificial intelligence, a large enough computer with the DNA of every living creature and a 3D printer,” Loeb said. “We will know, hopefully in the next few decades, how to reconstruct synthetic life, and with a 3D printer we could possibly do it.”With a computer, 3D printer and AI, we could reconstruct everything.”

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Politico — Urgent amendment

‘This is urgent’: Bipartisan proposal for UFO office pushes new boundaries

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand says in an exclusive interview she is concerned about the impact of encounters on military personnel.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) speaks.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) speaks during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Sept. 28, 2021, in Washington, D.C. | Patrick Semansky-Pool/Getty Images

By BRYAN BENDER

11/17/2021 05:21 PM EST

A bipartisan proposal to create a more expansive military and intelligence program to study UFOs is urgently needed to determine whether unexplained sightings by Navy and Air Force pilots pose a threat or are evidence of some “other entity,” the lead sponsor said Wednesday.

“If it is technology possessed by adversaries or any other entity, we need to know,” Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) said in her first interview about the effort. “Burying our heads in the sand is neither a strategy nor an acceptable approach.”

Gillibrand is behind an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that is being debated this week to create an ‘‘Anomaly Surveillance and Resolution Office” with authority to pursue “any resource, capability, asset, or process of the Department and the intelligence community” to get to the bottom of the sightings of “unidentified aerial phenomena,” or UAPs.

It would also require regular public reports about sensitive topics that until recently were considered to be on the fringe, including whether the government has any materials from the incidents of UFOs or data on any biological or health effects linked to any encounters.

“We’ve not had oversight into this area for a very long time,” Gillibrand said. “I can count on one hand the number of hearings I had in 10 years on this topic. That’s fairly concerning given the experience our service members have had over the last decade.”

The measure goes well beyond a similar provision that was adopted as part of the House version of the bill, or previous public efforts to study UAPs.

Gillibrand, a member of the Armed Services and Intelligence committees, said she was heavily influenced by the “repeated reports over the last two or three years of these increased sightings by Navy pilots and Air Force pilots.”

She believes the fact that the possible explanations are so varied is why a dedicated effort is required.Sharehttps://imasdk.googleapis.com/js/core/bridge3.490.0_en.html#goog_1204453959Play Video

“You have a million questions that must be answered for a million reasons,” she said, citing “the entire spectrum of unidentified aerial phenomena.”

“You’re talking about drone technology, you’re talking about balloon technology, you’re talking about other aerial phenomena, and then you’re talking about the unknown,” she said. “Regardless of where you fall on the question of the unknown, you have to answer the rest of the questions. That’s why this is urgent. That’s why having no oversight or accountability up until now to me is unacceptable.”

Her amendment also would create a separate “aerial and transmedium advisory committee” made up of experts from NASA, the FAA, the National Academies of Sciences, the head of the Galileo Project at Harvard University, the director of the Optical Technology Center at Montana State University, the Scientific Coalition for UAP Studies, and the American Institute of Astronautics and Aeronautics.

“You have to have the smartest, most informed minds from the world convening on these issues so you know what you’re up against,” Gillibrand said.

The increased attention follows a preliminary assessment from the director of national intelligence in June that reviewed more than 140 UAP incidents that could not be readily explained, including 18 that maneuvered in ways that appeared to defy known aerodynamics.

“There’s always the question of ‘is there something else that we simply do not understand, that might come extraterrestrially?’” DNI Avril Haines said during a public forum last week.

Gillibrand, who chairs the personnel subcommittee on Armed Services, said she is also concerned for military service members, who she contends have often been ostracized, including some who have reported what they believe to be related health effects.

“When you tell people, ‘don’t report a sighting of something that’s odd or out of the norm because people will say ‘you’re crazy,’ or you’ll lose your credibility as an airman or as a naval aviator, you’re obviously not going to report it if something is wrong with your health. The same response was received with people who were experiencing Havana Syndrome,” she said, referring to the recent mysterious injuries experienced by diplomats and other personnel.

“The treatment with which our service members have been subjected is unacceptable,” Gillibrand added. “When this happens over and over in the military, people learn to keep their mouth shut.”

She has enlisted several co-sponsors from both parties, including Republicans Marco Rubio, Lindsey Graham, Roy Blunt and fellow Democrat Martin Heinrich. “I don’t see opposition to this on any level,” she said.

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While she mostly couches her effort in national security terms, the former presidential candidate also acknowledges that the “sci-fi” implications of UFOs also compelled her to take action.

“The first question I got when I got on the Intelligence Committee was ‘Mom, tell us about the aliens.’ I go, ‘I know nothing about it,’” she recalled conversations with her two sons. “I’m getting the coolest mom jersey for sure this year.”

Indeed, she is clearly enjoying her role, joking how Congress’ oversight may lead to a congressional delegation visiting new destinations or dimensions.

“And then as soon as we plan a CODEL, I’ll let you know,” Gillibrand quipped. ”The outer space CODEL is coming.”