Mass Extinction Looks Like a GMO Field in Iowa
The Long Now Foundation -
Our planet gets up to no end of apocalyptic-like tricks over time---periods when it is nearly all ice, all melting ice, all desert, all sea water, all molten lava, and civilizations come and go, sometimes for geological or climate reasons. The planet has samples of all of those conditions that can be visited right now, but no one in their right mind goes there.
Craig Childs goes there. One of the world's great intrepid travelers and story-tellers, he finds the places on Earth that are most geologically or climatically dangerous and hangs out, observing closely, giving personal as well as scientific perspective. Through him, we experience "a field guide to the everending Earth."
FORA.tv (Mar. 10, 2013) Farmer Grant Wilson, from Gramen Farms, a grass-fed beef and dairy farm that produces and transforms live milk into products, sells grass-fed beef products, and educates their consumers. Grant will ... watch video
Xinhua News Agency (Oct. 21, 2012) A major Chinese, British and German study of the mass species extinction 250 million years ago claims it was caused by high temperatures.
The joint study was published Friday in Science, one of the ... watch video
Newsy (June 20, 2015) Scientists are warning the planet is in the early stages of a mass extinction, but they say there is something humans can do to try to prevent it.
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AFP (June 21, 2012) Flightless and slow-moving, New Zealand's kakapo parrot is on the verge of extinction. But a mammoth conservation effort stretching back decades is offering hope for one of the world's rarest birds, ... watch video
Deutsche Welle (Apr. 30, 2012) Bluefin tuna are threatened by extinction as the global appetite for the fish soars. A fishing ban is unlikely, so one solution is to breed the fish in underwater cages. But they're not easy to rear ... watch video
Xinhua News Agency (Dec. 18, 2012) Six years ago, after a joint survey on China's longest river - the Yangtze - a team of scientists from around the world announced the functional extinction of the Yangtze River dolphin, the ... watch video
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Sep. 21, 2012 For most of the past decade, Dr. Wan Yang has spent his summers in the Bogda Mountains in northwest China, collecting rock samples that predate dinosaurs by millions of years in an effort to better ... read more