are taking the lead
The rate of global species extinction is today roughly what it was 66 million years ago, after an asteroid six to nine miles across careered into south-eastern Mexico, quickly wiping out the dinosaurs and much else.
The force of the
asteroid, which struck the planet
at the end of the Cretaceous period,
was over a billion times stronger than the atomic bombs dropped on
Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945.
Due to expanding human
activity, scientists estimate that each day extinction is being
inflicted upon 150 to 200 species of plant, insect, bird and
Its collision resulted in the global extinction phenomenon of "impact winter" whereby, upon hitting Mexico, enormous volumes of sulfur, ash and dust rose into the stratosphere, spreading globally and blocking out most sunlight.
It is a similar
consequence expected to that of nuclear war, something humans have
been very fortunate to avoid so far.
Global temperatures decreased by as much as 47º Fahrenheit (26º Celsius) which halted photosynthesis, the critical process that all plants and other organisms such as plankton depend on. It was a death knell for species across the spectrum.
Even the seemingly
invulnerable apex predator Tyrannosaurus Rex - which was present in
what is today the western United States - was doomed within years
because of the disappearance of its plant-eating prey, including the
Much of the blame for the increasingly harmful effects can be laid at the door of the world's rich states, many of which are located in the West such as,
The human assaults upon the earth have sharply risen in intensity over the past 40 years - as the deadly era of corporate neoliberalism, aided by compromised governments and media, pushes countless species over the edge.
The wealthy nations most
responsible for the crisis have wrought a new geological age upon
the globe, the Anthropocene, which can be traced to the Industrial
Revolution beginning in Great Britain in 1760.
The most serious outcome of this global assault is climate change, which is rapidly worsening while reducing to derision conservative and pseudo-scientific forecasts. Should current government policies continue, it bodes ill for the condition of the world by the year 2100.
Based on current trends a recent study (Increasing Risk over time of Weather-related Hazards to the European Population) from the medical journal, Lancet Planetary Health, reveals that 80 years from now 150,000 people in Europe are expected to perish annually due to heat waves.
For many months, front
page news has been focused on the nonsense of "Russian meddling" in
the U.S. election and "Brexit negotiations" - while subjects that
define the earth go unmentioned or cast to the shadows.
One need only open a
major newspaper today to find 20-page supplements dedicated to
business or property, while a fraction of that is afforded to world
Influenced by abundant commercial propaganda, large sections of first world populations have been diverted towards superficial consumerism, distracted by the latest technology and other fabricated wants.
Traditional, and important activities, such as the reading of books and other literature has become a rarer sight. In March 2018, it was reported that one in four Americans had not read a single book within the past year.
This has been a
continuing trend across the West and is already having serious
implications, leading to the "decline of the public intellectual".
...all backed by the West despite having dire human rights records.
In one of the great ironies, should the reliance on lethal fossil fuels like oil continue, states like Saudi Arabia and Qatar will become desolate wastelands in years to come.
Its citizens are already
suffering unduly from the very substance their countries' elites
have grown affluent on.
Last summer in Saudi
Arabia, record temperatures of 127º Fahrenheit (53º Celsius) were
recorded in central and eastern parts of the country.
In another great irony,
leading the way in protecting the world are the so-called
"primitive" indigenous populations, who seek to preserve habitats by
keeping fossil fuels like oil in the ground, where it belongs, and
Today, one can witness the horrendous behavior of the far-right Italian government - which refuses to accept migrants from African countries that Benito Mussolini invaded in the 1930s and 1940s, such as Tunisia, Egypt and Ethiopia.
Following Fascist Italy's
attack on Ethiopia in 1935, Mussolini's forces killed tens of
thousands of its inhabitants, yet an Ethiopian immigrant is now
barred entry to Italy.
This despite a 2009 U.S.-supported coup which helped turn Honduras into one of the poorest and most violent countries in the world.
Hondurans are also
suffering due to worsening climate change, despite hardly
contributing to the problem; the U.S. is further accountable as it
produces the second highest greenhouse gas emissions on earth.
With a population well below 10 million, Ireland emits more carbon emissions than 400 million of the planet's poorest inhabitants, which is over 5% of the entire human population.
The disreputable behavior
of Irish governments, in their attempts to shift climate
responsibility onto others, has largely been shielded from public
eyes by establishment centers.
Sweeney wrote recently that Irish government figures were,
Sweeney, emeritus professor of geography at Maynooth University, has accused the state's politicians of,
The pattern can be seen elsewhere.
In the case of America,
most senior Republican Party members deny that climate change is
even occurring - while they pursue policies such as ongoing
extraction of oil and coal that quickens the race to the precipice.
There is ample evidence to suggest the American president believes that climate change is taking place.
For instance, why was Trump so insistent that a large wall be built to protect his golf resort on the west coastline of Ireland? Because of deteriorating climate change, the area is clearly vulnerable to rising sea levels and worsening Atlantic storms, as Trump was very likely informed.
His proposal for the
38,000 ton wall was approved last December despite serious