Humans are creating a mass extinction on the same stage as the dinosaur extinction. Reminds me of when my Chinese sister came to the US for the first time and on a hike we saw a deer and she said “Whose deer is that?” because in China the number of wild animals is so dramatically low that you seldom see anything wild living anywhere (aside from rats and pigeons).

Wandering Gaia

In around 300 years time, 75% of all mammal species on Earth will have gone extinct. That’s the startling prediction if current rates of extinction continue and the animals already threatened or endangered are wiped out this century, according to Anthony Barnosky, a palaeobiologist at the University of California, Berkeley.

Barnosky studies biodiversity changes and extinction rates that occurred in the deep past, and compares them to trends happening now. Since life first evolved, billions of years ago, flourished, diversified and made our planet truly distinct from any other we’re aware of, there have been five mass extinctions. Each was triggered by a cataclysmic event and resulted in at least 75% of all species going extinct. The last of these occurred 65 million years ago, when a meteorite slammed into Earth, throwing up persistent clouds of debris that darkened the sky for years. The climate change that followed led to…

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About Kaitlin Solimine

Kaitlin Solimine was raised in New Hampshire but has considered China a second home for the past two decades. She is the author of the award-winning forthcoming novel Empire of Glass and co-founder of Hippo Reads, a media start-up connecting academic insights with real world issues. She lives in Singapore.
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  1. The health of the planet begins with the health of the heart. A heart that has developed visceral strings with the natural world ̶ an un-severable reverence ̶ a realization: We Are One. And this is what must be fostered, grown, nurtured within the homo sapien world population, to help this planet. So, that we, homo sapiens, one species amongst the many (well, what species do still remain on this day: 01.01.2013) can continue to survive.

    I like what scientist/author E.O. Wilson has to say in his latest book, Anthill, a work of fiction: “In time he understood that nature was not something outside the human world. The reverse was true. Nature is the real world, and humanity exists on islands within it.”

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