Climate Change Threatens Emperor Penguins with Extinction 1022

Nearly All Marine Species Face Extinction if Carbon Emissions Don’t Drop 0822

Up to 1 in 6 U.S. Tree Species Is Threatened with Extinction 0822

Nearly All Marine Species Face Extinction if Carbon Emissions Don’t Drop 0822

Climate Endgame - Risk of Human Extinction ‘Dangerously Under-Explored’ 0822

Our Empty Oceans - Scottish Team’s Research Finds that Atlantic Plankton All but Wiped Out in Catastrophic Loss of Life 0722

As Animal Seed Dispersers Go the Way of the Dodo, Forest Plants Are at Risk 0422

Climate Change Is on Track to Wipe Out Most Ocean Life 0422

Ocean Animals Face a Mass Extinction from Climate Change 0422

What to Expect from the World’s 6th Mass Extinction 0122 - more pandemics, declines of pollinators & soil microorganisms, and, with vthem, food

1 in 5 of Europe’s Bird Species Slipping towards Extinction 1021

Virtually All Emperor Penguin Colonies Doomed for Extinction by 2100 - 0821

Climate Change Could Drive Komodo Dragons to Extinction 0321

Almost 1/4 of All Freshwater Fish Species Are in Peril, Thanks to Humans 0221

Science Warns World of ‘Ghastly’ Future Ahead 0121

Top Scientists Warn of 'Ghastly Future of Mass Extinction', Climate Disruption 0121

40% of World’s Plant Species at Risk of Extinction 0920

A ‘Crossroads’ for Humanity - Earth’s Biodiversity Is Still Collapsing 0920

Most Polar Bears to Disappear by 2100, Study Predicts 0720

Mass Extinctions Are Accelerating, Scientists Report 0620 - 543 known extinctions in the last 2 decades.  That’s 100 times the background rate.  515 more terrestrial species, or 1.7%,half with populations under 250 individuals, are likely to go extinct in the next 2 decades.

As Ice Melts, Emperor Penguins March toward Extinction 0520

Nature’s Dangerous Decline ‘Unprecedented’; Species Extinction Rates ‘Accelerating’ 0420

Plant and Animal Species at Risk of Extinction 0320

With Temperatures Rising, Can Animals Survive the Heat Stress? 0320

1/3 of Plants and Animals Risk Mass Extinction in 50 Years 0220

Severe Drought, Other Climate Impacts Drive the Platypus toward Extinction 0220

Earth's Most Biodiverse Ecosystems Are Facing Collapse 0120 - tropical forests and coral reefs

1/3 of Tropical Africa’s Plants Are at Risk of Extinction 1119

Ocean Acidification Can Cause Mass Extinctions, Fossils Reveal 1019

More than Half of Native European Trees Face Extinction 0919

What Are Mass Extinctions, and What Causes Them? 0919 - 4 out of 5 were due to great CO2 outgassing from volcanic events (120,000 to 800,000 cubic miles of eruptions over millennia).  The 5th, the most recent, was mostly by an asteroid.  It wiped out 75-90% of species on Earth.   252 Mya was the worst, with the only great insect wipeout.  96% of marine species went extinct, sea surface temperatures were up to 104°F (40°C) 1.5 My later, and 76% of dissoved oxygen disappeared.

The Animals That Will Survive Climate Change 0819 - reproduce often, non-specialized diets, smaller, mobile, tolerate heat, alter mating season, etc.

Climate Change Outruns Evolution 0719 - Rate of climate change over next century will be ~10,000 times as fast as observed rate of species change over time.

Global Warming Is Pushing Pacific Salmon to the Brink of Extinction 0719

Ocean Carbon Tipping Process, Point, and Peril 0719

‘Frightening’ Number of Plant Extinctions Found in Global Survey 0619

Human Society under Urgent Threat from Loss of Earth's Natural Life 0519

1,200 Species across the World Face 'Almost Certain Extinction' 0319

1/3 of Arabian Gulf Marine Life Could Be Extinct by 2090 - 0219

Extinction Too May Be Far Worse than Thought 1218 - cascades from keystone species

When History’s Worst Climate Catastrophe Struck the World's Oceans 1218

Ancient African Mammal Extinctions Caused by Climate Change, Not Humans 1118

Climate Change Reduces Male Fertility, Could Help Drive Extinction 1118

Climate Change Is ‘Escalator to Extinction' for Mountain Birds 1018

Global Warming Is Pushing Alpine Animals to Mountain Peaks - and Extinction 0918

8 Bird Species Are 1st Confirmed Avian Extinctions This Decade 0918

Climate Change Could Kill Off Bees, Northwestern Study Finds 0618

1 in 5 British Mammals at Risk of Extinction 0618

Biomass Study Finds People Are Wiping Out Wild Mammals 0518

As Climate Change Takes Hold by 2050, Bees Will Be the 1st to Fall 0418

Climate Change Threatens 1,000s of Species in Our Lifetime 0318

Magma Burning Coal May Have Caused Earth’s Worst Mass Extinction 0318

World's Worst-Ever Extinction Event ‘Caused by UV Radiation' 0218

Will Chocolate Be among the Foods That Go Extinct due to Climate Change? 0118 - vrious foods, plus, bees decline

2017 Articles and earlier

Trophy Hunting May Drive Extinctions, due to Climate Change 1117

High Marine Extinction Risk by 2100 - 1017

Earth May Be Close to 'Threshold of Catastrophe’ 1017 - rates of carbon additions now vs in previous extinctions

Climate Change May Represent “Existential" Threat to Humanity - Scripps 0917

Future of Oldest Tree Species on Earth in Peril 0917

Monarch Butterflies in Western U.S. Risk Extinction 0917

Climate Change Could Wipe Out 1/3 of Parasite Species 0917

Climate Change, Sewage, Fertilizers Could Trigger Mass Ocean Extinction 0817

Proposed Colombia Dam Threatens to Wipe Out Endangered Plants, Disrupt River 0717

How Climate Change Strangled a Jurassic Ocean Ecosystem 0717

Past Extinctions Point to a Current and Future Biodiversity Crisis 0717

6th Mass Extinction - the Era of ‘Biological Annihilation’ 0717 - current steep rates of habitat loss, population declines

Burning Fossil Fuels Almost Ended All Life on Earth 0717 - closest analog of today, but we are changing climate 10 x faster.  It is a tour thru the geological record of Earth’s greatest extinction “event” 250-252 million years ago.  Magma then erupted to become the Siberian Traps, enough to cover the USA 1 km deep, THRU vast coal beds - the other fossil fuel event.

Warmer Climate Raises Extinction Risk 0617

Extinction Looming for Most of California’s Salmon and Trout 0517

Climate Change Plays a Role in Growing List of Species at Risk 0517

More than 1/4 of UK Birds Face Extinction Risk or Steep Decline 0417 - turtle dove and Atlantic puffin included

1,000s of Tree Species Are at Risk of Extinction 0417

Half of the World's Species Could Become Extinct by 2050, Biologists Say 0217

Act Now, before 47% of Mammal and 24% of Bird Species Are Lost to Global Warming 0217

Surprising Number of Species Going Extinct in Their Usual Homes 1216

Climate Changing Too Fast for Species 1116

Butterflies Could Be About to We Wiped Out by Extreme Weather 1016

Global Warming Could Kill Off Good Bacteria, Hurting Ecosystems’ Achilles Heel 1016

The Biggest Animals in the Ocean Are More Likely to Go Extinct 0916

Warming Climate Expected to Squeeze Out Arctic Bird Habitat 0816

Mass Extinction Has a Tipping Point 0716 - Ancient plankton communities began changing in important ways up to 400,000 years before massive die-offs ensued.

Over 1/3 of North American Bird Species in Danger of Extinction 0516 - Ocean & tropical forest birds are threatened most.

The Quest to Protect Threatened Amphibian Species 0516 1/3 of amphibian species threatened.  160 already disappeared.

1 in 5 of World's Plant Species at Risk of Extinction 0516

Climate vs. Primate - Dawn of Extinction? 0316

Dealing with Climate Change in Costa Rica's Monteverde Cloud Forest 0116

More than Half the Amazon Tree Species Are at Risk of Extinction 1115

Climate Change Means One World’s Death and Another’s Birth 0915

Changing Climate Could Even Oust the Oriole from Baltimore 0915

Global Extinction Rates - Why Do Estimates Vary So Wildly? 0815

Andes' Migrating Trees Are Moving towards Extinction 0815

During Mass Extinction, No Species Safe 0815

Abrupt Climate Change May Have Doomed Mammoths and Other Megafauna 0715

Humans Are Causing Catastrophic Ecosystem Shifts 0615

1 in 6 of World's Species Faces Extinction from Climate Change 0415

Acidic Oceans Helped Fuel Greatest Extinction 0415

Did Climate Change Kill This Hoosier Butterfly? 0315

Ocean Life Faces Mass Extinction, Broad Study Says 0115

Mass Die-offs of Fish, Birds, Mammals Increasing 0115

13 Species We Might Have to Say Goodbye to in 2015 - 0115

Earth Faces 6th ‘Great Extinction’ 1214

Animal Extinctions From Climate Rival End of Dinosaurs 1114

Growth, Global Warming Threaten African Species 0714

Warming Could Bring Snakes as long as Buses, Horses the Size of Cats 1113

Acid Rain, Ozone Depletion Contributed to Greatest Extinction 1113

82% of California Native Fish Risk Extinction 0513

Fast-Moving Climate Zones Speed Extinction 0413

Ancient Extinction Has Ominous Lessons for Today 0313  

Dead Zones Warming Extinguished Most Species 180 Mya 0213

Mass Extinction Forecast with 6°C Warming 0113

Ice Age Warmth Repeatedly Wiped Out Local Lemmings 1112

Extreme Global Warming Caused Largest Extinction Ever 1012

900 Tropical Bird Species Could Go Extinct by 2100 0312

Antarctic Warming Plummets Krill, Penguin Populations 0411

Up to 50% to Go Extinct in 100 Years 0111

20% of Animal Species Slide to Extinction 1010

1/5 of Plants Near Extinction 0910

Warming Drives Lizards to Extinction 0510

2°C Warming Means 20% of Species Extinct 1209

1/3 of Species Now Face Extinction, Take 1 - 1109 - of assessed species: 70% of plants, 21% of mammals, 12% of birds, 30% of amphibians, 37% of freshwater fish, 35% of invertebrates.

Over 1/3 of Species Assessed Face Extinction, Take 2 - 1109

Warming Drives Caribou to Extinction 1009

Warming Like Today's Caused Greatest Extinction 1108

6th Great Extinction 0307  Climate has played a critical role in past fluctuations of biodiversity levels.  Among the 5 recognized mass extinction events -- Ordovician, Devonian, Permian, Triassic, and Cretaceous -- at least 4 are correlated to climate change….  "For the Permian, the greatest mass extinction on record, … global warming ... produced temperatures 1 - 30°C (18-54°F) higher than today.  It wiped out 95% of ocean life forms and almost 75% of terrestrial species."

Extinction Rates, Today vs History - May 0110.pdf

Extinction Rates, Today vs History - May 0110 - PDF

    Graph at below is from page 4

"Species extinction rates, expressed as extinctions per 1,000 species per 1,000 years.  The fossil record tells us that, in the distant past, less than one mammal went extinct every 1,000 years.  In the recent past, the number of extinctions has increased 3 orders of magnitude higher than that of the fossil records."
    That is, mammal extinction rates are hundreds of times (200-500 x) background rates.

Extinctions from Warming 0705

     Only 3 of the 21 large animal species found around San Diego near the end of the most recent ice age are still found there.

     5 more are still found elsewhere.  

     But 62% are now extinct, in only about 10,000 years.

(Signs from San Diego Zoo)

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