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Earth’s sixth mass extinction likely by 2100: MIT study

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[h=1]Earth’s sixth mass extinction likely by 2100: MIT study[/h][FONT=&quot]Earth’s sixth mass extinction may become a reality by year 2100 due to increasing carbon pressure on oceans, says MIT’s Daniel H. Rothman in a new study[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]Earth has seen five mass extinction events in the past 540 million years. Photo: Nasa

New Delhi: Earth’s sixth mass extinction may become a reality by year 2100 due to increasing carbon pressure on oceans, according to a study done the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
The study, Thresholds of catastrophe in the Earth system, was conducted by Daniel H. Rothman, professor of geophysics at MIT’s Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences. It was published in the international scientific journal Science Advances.
Rothman used a mathematical formula based on the rate and magnitude of change in the carbon cycle. The study identified a total of 31 events in the last 542 million years in which a significant change occurred in Earth’s carbon cycle. It said that in the past 540 million years, the Earth has seen five mass extinction events.
Rothman identified “thresholds of catastrophe” in the carbon cycle that, if exceeded, would lead to an unstable environment, and ultimately, mass extinction. That amount, according to the study, is about 310 gigatons, which is roughly equivalent to the amount of carbon that human activities would have added to the world’s oceans by the year 2100.
Explaining the conclusion of the study, Rothman said this isn’t to say that a catastrophe will happen tomorrow. “It’s saying that, if left unchecked, the carbon cycle would move into a realm which would be no longer stable, and would behave in a way that would be difficult to predict. In the geologic past, this type of behaviour is associated with mass extinction.”
In July, a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a US scientific journal, claimed that the sixth mass extinction of species is underway thanks to factors such as overpopulation and overconsumption, and there is little time left for effective action.
It had said that as much as 50% of the number of animals that once shared the Earth with humans are already gone, and that the next two decadeswould see more powerful assaults on biodiversity.
Rothman said that his study highlights the imperative of controlling carbon emissions.


I know Ganeshji's post is a serious piece.
This piece is just a joke.

‘Researcher’ Says This Saturday Will be the End of the World
If you had big plans this weekend, David Meade regrets to inform you that the world will be ending Saturday.Meade, a Christian numerologist and self-described "researcher," says Sept. 23 is foretold in the Bible's Book of Revelation as the day a series of catastrophic events will begin, and as a result, "a major part of the world will not be the same," the Washington Post reports.

The Bible prophecies a woman "clothed with the sun" and a "crown of 12 stars" giving birth to a boy who will "rule all the nations" while she fights off a seven-headed dragon. The woman, Meade says, is the constellation Virgo, which on Saturday will be positioned under nine stars and three planets, per Popular Mechanics.

The baby boy will be the planet Jupiter, which will be moving out of Virgo on that night.

According to Meade, who says he studied astronomy at an unspecified university in Kentucky, the great change in our world will be the result of the arrival of Nibiru, a planet famous in conspiracy circles but which astronomers say doesn't exist.

A video published by UNSEALED, an evangelical Christian publication, explains the pending rapture. The video has been viewed over 3 million times.


David Morrison, a senior space scientist at NASA, says that if Nibiru were really on a collision course with Earth, we would have seen it by now.
"It would be bright," he says, per the Post. "It would be easily visible to the naked eye."

But that's not dissuading Meade, who points to the fact that Sept. 23 falls 33 days after last month's total solar eclipse as proof of his prophecy.

“Jesus lived for 33 years. The name Elohim, which is the name of God to the Jews, was mentioned 33 times [in the Bible],” Meade told The Washington Post. “It’s a very biblically significant, numerologically significant number. I’m talking astronomy. I’m talking the Bible … and merging the two.”

Ironically, a producer at a Montreal radio station said she tried to book an interview with Meade but he said he's not available until next week.

To recap: Despite multiple conspiracy theories over the years, Nibiru still does not exist -- and is certainly not on a collision course toward Earth.

We'll see you on Sunday.

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