After discovering the latest omen of the world’s coming demise, the Clog encourages Berkeley students to put down their books and enjoy their short-lived time on Earth.
According to UC Berkeley scientists, humanity as a whole is currently earning itself one of the most f*cked-up distinctions possible: We are apparently bringing about the sixth mass extinction that there has ever been — and the only one that can be attributed to the actions of a single stupid species.
Well. Isn’t that a doozy of an accusation. The qualifier of a mass extinction is that read more »
Do you want the good news or the bad news first? Well, we’re pessimistic bloggers, so let’s go with bad news first: 15 to 42 percent of mammal species have become extinct since humans arrived on this Earth. In fact, a recent study coauthored by Anthony Barnosky, a professor of integrative biology at UC Berkeley, suggests that we’re “well on our way” to Earth’s sixth mass extinction.
The good news? No more pesky rodents constantly underfoot, with their … adorable whiskers and bright, intelligent eyes.
OK, not much of a silver lining. Especially when the study suggests that most of this mammal-dying is due to man-made causes like “habitat destruction, pollution, and now global warming.”
If we increase our conservation efforts, Barnosky says, there’s still a chance at staving off another mass extinction. “By demonstrating that we have already lost 15 to 42 percent of mammalian diversity, read more »