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A “biological annihilation” of wildlife in recent decades means a sixth mass extinction in Earth’s history is under way and is more severe than previously feared, according to research.

Scientists analysed both common and rare species and found billions of regional or local populations have been lost. They blame human overpopulation and overconsumption for the crisis and warn that it threatens the survival of human civilisation, with just a short window of time in which to act.

The study, published in the peer-reviewed journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, eschews the normally sober tone of scientific papers and calls the massive loss of wildlife a “biological annihilation” that represents a “frightening assault on the foundations of human civilisation”.

Prof Gerardo Ceballos, at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, who led the work, said: “The situation has become so bad it would not be ethical not to use strong language.”

Previous studies have shown species are becoming extinct at a significantly faster rate than for millions of years before, but even so extinctions remain relatively rare giving the impression of a gradual loss of biodiversity. The new work instead takes a broader view, assessing many common species which are losing populations all over the world as their ranges shrink, but remain present elsewhere.

The scientists found that a third of the thousands of species losing populations are not currently considered endangered and that up to 50% of all individual animals have been lost in recent decades. Detailed data is available for land mammals, and almost half of these have lost 80% of their range in the last century. The scientists found billions of populations of mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians have been lost all over the planet, leading them to say a sixth mass extinction has already progressed further than was thought.

Billions of animals have been lost as their habitats have become smaller with each passing year.

The scientists conclude: “The resulting biological annihilation obviously will have serious ecological, economic and social consequences. Humanity will eventually pay a very high price for the decimation of the only assemblage of life that we know of in the universe.”

They say, while action to halt the decline remains possible, the prospects do not look good: “All signs point to ever more powerful assaults on biodiversity in the next two decades, painting a dismal picture of the future of life, including human life.”

Wildlife is dying out due to habitat destruction, overhunting, toxic pollution, invasion by alien species and climate change. But the ultimate cause of all of these factors is “human overpopulation and continued population growth, and overconsumption, especially by the rich”, say the scientists, who include Prof Paul Ehrlich, at Stanford University in the US, whose 1968 book The Population Bomb is a seminal, if controversial, work.

“The serious warning in our paper needs to be heeded because civilisation depends utterly on the plants, animals, and microorganisms of Earth that supply it with essential ecosystem services ranging from crop pollination and protection to supplying food from the sea and maintaining a livable climate,” Ehrlich told the Guardian. Other ecosystem services include clean air and water.

“The time to act is very short,” he said. “It will, sadly, take a long time to humanely begin the population shrinkage required if civilisation is to long survive, but much could be done on the consumption front and with ‘band aids’ – wildlife reserves, diversity protection laws – in the meantime.” Ceballos said an international institution was needed to fund global wildlife conservation.

The research analysed data on 27,500 species of land vertebrates from the IUCN and found the ranges of a third have shrunk in recent decades. Many of these are common species and Ceballos gave an example from close to home: “We used to have swallows nesting every year in my home near Mexico city – but for the last 10 years there are none.”

The researchers also point to the “emblematic” case of the lion: “The lion was historically distributed over most of Africa, southern Europe, and the Middle East, all the way to northwestern India. [Now] the vast majority of lion populations are gone.”

Historically lions lived across Africa, southern Europe, the Middle East, all the way up to Northwestern India. Today their habitat has been reduced to a few tiny pockets of the original area.

Prof Stuart Pimm, at Duke University in the US and not involved in the new work, said the overall conclusion is correct, but he disagrees that a sixth mass extinction is already under way: “It is something that hasn’t happened yet – we are on the edge of it.”

Pimm also said there were important caveats that result from the broad-brush approach used. “Should we be concerned about the loss of species across large areas – absolutely – but this is a fairly crude way of showing that,” he said. “There are parts of the world where there are massive losses, but equally there are parts of the world where there is remarkable progress. It is pretty harsh on countries like South Africa which is doing a good job of protecting lions.”

Robin Freeman, at the Zoological Society of London, UK, said: “While looking at things on aggregate is interesting, the real interesting nitty gritty comes in the details. What are the drivers that cause the declines in particular areas?”

Freeman was part of the team that produced a 2014 analysis of 3000 species that indicated that 50% of individual animals have been lost since 1970, which tallies with the new work but was based on different IUCN data. He agreed strong language is needed: “We need people to be aware of the catastrophic declines we are seeing. I do think there is a place for that within the [new] paper, although it’s a fine line to draw.”

Citing human overpopulation as the root cause of environmental problems has long been controversial, and Ehrlich’s 1968 statement that hundreds of millions of people would die of starvation in the 1970s did not come to pass, partly due to new high-yielding crops that Ehrlich himself had noted as possible.

Ehrlich has acknowledged “flaws” in The Population Bomb but said it had been successful in its central aim – alerting people to global environmental issues and the the role of human population in them. His message remains blunt today: “Show me a scientist who claims there is no population problem and I’ll show you an idiot.”

Earth’s five previous mass extinctions

End-Ordovician, 443 million years ago

A severe ice age led to sea level falling by 100m, wiping out 60-70% of all species which were prominently ocean dwellers at the time. Then soon after the ice melted leaving the oceans starved of oxygen.

Late Devonian, c 360 million years ago

A messy prolonged climate change event, again hitting life in shallow seas very hard, killing 70% of species including almost all corals.

Permian-Triassic, c 250 million years ago

The big one – more than 95% of species perished, including trilobites and giant insects – strongly linked to massive volcanic eruptions in Siberia that caused a savage episode of global warming.

Triassic-Jurassic, c 200 million years ago

Three-quarters of species were lost, again most likely due to another huge outburst of volcanism. It left the Earth clear for dinosaurs to flourish.

Cretaceous-Tertiary, 65 million years ago

An giant asteroid impact on Mexico, just after large volcanic eruptions in what is now India, saw the end of the dinosaurs and ammonites. Mammals, and eventually humans, took advantage.


32 Comments on "Sixth mass extinction already under way"

  1. sidzepp on Tue, 11th Jul 2017 8:14 am 

    Richard Leakey published a book in 1995 titled the “Sixth Mass Extinction.” I found it just before the millennium and have subsequently misplaced it. Whether he was the first to acknowledge the problem or not, it was an important find for me. Unfortunately, the narcissistic behavior of our species seems to prevent us from acknowledging any responsibility for the events on this planet that are spiraling rapidly out of control.

    Enjoy the show!

  2. Sissyfuss on Tue, 11th Jul 2017 8:39 am 

    Any species that is in competition with humans is doomed by our advanced technology. We have an irrepressible desire to disinfect the natural world of creepy crawly things we find objectionable. In the process we eliminate all creatures, even the beneficial ones. We are a giant bugzapper that while wiping out the pests take out the beneficial insects as well.
    We are excessive to the max in our destructive manner.

  3. Apneaman on Tue, 11th Jul 2017 9:31 am 

    Biological annihilation via the ongoing sixth mass extinction signaled by vertebrate population losses and declines


    The population extinction pulse we describe here shows, from a quantitative viewpoint, that Earth’s sixth mass extinction is more severe than perceived when looking exclusively at species extinctions. Therefore, humanity needs to address anthropogenic population extirpation and decimation immediately. That conclusion is based on analyses of the numbers and degrees of range contraction (indicative of population shrinkage and/or population extinctions according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature) using a sample of 27,600 vertebrate species, and on a more detailed analysis documenting the population extinctions between 1900 and 2015 in 177 mammal species. We find that the rate of population loss in terrestrial vertebrates is extremely high—even in “species of low concern.” In our sample, comprising nearly half of known vertebrate species, 32% (8,851/27,600) are decreasing; that is, they have decreased in population size and range. In the 177 mammals for which we have detailed data, all have lost 30% or more of their geographic ranges and more than 40% of the species have experienced severe population declines (>80% range shrinkage). Our data indicate that beyond global species extinctions Earth is experiencing a huge episode of population declines and extirpations, which will have negative cascading consequences on ecosystem functioning and services vital to sustaining civilization. We describe this as a “biological annihilation” to highlight the current magnitude of Earth’s ongoing sixth major extinction event.”

  4. Apneaman on Tue, 11th Jul 2017 9:47 am 

    Stop worrying 21st century highly developed techno citizens, the most intelligent people America can produce got yur back.

    Good News: Republicans Believe God Will Take Care of Climate Change for Us

    Glad that’s settled.

    Top Men.

  5. Cloggie on Tue, 11th Jul 2017 11:20 am 

    Biological annihilation via the ongoing sixth mass extinction signaled by vertebrate population losses and declines

    My health care insurance has that eventuality fully covered.

  6. Apneaman on Tue, 11th Jul 2017 12:00 pm 

    Is that all the fight/denial you have left clog? Sad & pathetic.

  7. Apneaman on Tue, 11th Jul 2017 12:03 pm 

    Clog, here’s a fine Dutch site for you to visit.

    Two months rain in just one hour the highest one-hour rainfall total for July ever swamps Paris with more torrential rain to come

    “The Paris Metropolitan area since Sunday night has been drenched by thunderstorms and record high downpours, leaving several Metro stations closed and roads and houses flooded on Monday.

    National weather agency Meteo France placed 12 departments, including Paris and much of the surrounding area, on Orange alert, the second-highest level of warning, as electrical storms and heavy rain continued on Monday.

    Meteo France said in a statement that Sunday night saw a deluge of 49.2 millimeters in just 1 hour — the highest one-hour rainfall total for July ever.
    Forecasts call for stormy weather and torrential rains to continue until Tuesday midnight.”

  8. Apneaman on Tue, 11th Jul 2017 1:30 pm 

    Over 50 cm of rain [19.6 inches] fell in Asakura, Fukuoka prefecture, in a 9 hour period on Wednesday 05 July 2017

    “Japan’s FDMA reported on 10 July that the death toll now stands at 22, with 19 deaths in Fukuoka prefecture and 3 in Oita. At least 13 of the deaths occurred in the city of Asakura. Twenty-four people have been seriously injured.”

    “Hundreds of homes have been damaged and as many as 85 homes completely destroyed: 78 in Fukuoka and 7 in Oita. About 2,000 people are still homeless in Fukuoka, forced to evacuate as a result of flooding or mudslides. Around 160 elderly people remain stranded by the flooding in a nursing home in a district of Asakura.

    Fukuoka government said that over 100 roads and 18 bridges have been damaged.”

    “Authorities said that over 440,000 people across the country were under urgent evacuation instructions.”

  9. Apneaman on Tue, 11th Jul 2017 1:39 pm 

    China – Severe Weather and Floods Hit Jingjinji


    WMO rainfall figures for a 24 hour period 06 to 07 July 2017

    Chaoyang District, Beijing – 112 mm
    Qinglong, Hebei province – 78 mm

    Other parts of China have seen heavy rain over the last few days.

    WMO figures for a 24 hour period 09 to 10 July 2017

    Lu Shan – 114 mm
    Xiushui – 59.1 mm
    Huang Shan – 70.3 mm
    Anqing – 111.3 mm
    Macheng – 90.1 mm
    Sheyang – 94.1 mm
    Huaiyin – 115.8 mm
    Bengbu – 62.4 mm
    Xinyang – 54.3 mm
    Gushi – 170.6 mm

    Floods in South Leave Over 50 Dead

    Flooding in southern and central parts of China since late June have left 56 people dead and 22 missing according to the Chinese Ministry of Civil Affairs (MCA).”

  10. Apneaman on Tue, 11th Jul 2017 1:41 pm 

    New York magazine’s global-warming horror story isn’t too scary. It’s not scary enough.

  11. Cloggie on Tue, 11th Jul 2017 2:44 pm 

    Clog, here’s a fine Dutch site for you to visit.

    I did:

    A massive hole has opened up on our Sun’s atmosphere and is facing Earth: The Coronal Hole is ejecting solar wind expected to hit Earth tomorrow
    Photo showing massive hole in the Sun’s atmosphere. A massive hole has opened up on our Sun’s atmosphere and is…

    Antropogenic? Did the Russians hack the Sun’s atmosphere? Must be. Beltway said so.

  12. kervennic on Tue, 11th Jul 2017 4:07 pm 

    We clearly need thousands of green Breivik in every country to stop the eco holocaust.
    Let’s keep faith in the coming generation. Nature is a strange force.

  13. Joe on Tue, 11th Jul 2017 4:07 pm 

    The system of taking oil, making it into burnable stuff, then using it create everything we can see in the modern world is fast making the classic mistakes of history. Our current apex society with its extreme enforcement of homosexuality and liberal views is a mirror for ancient Rome and Greece who’s societies lasted much longer than our meager 150 years due to their sustainable living conditions. We even have the same old theme of a extreme underclass of moralist immigrants that both hate and seek to dominate the apex classes and be part of it on their own terms.
    Our story began when the internal combustion engine was invented. When tractors replaced armies of generational farmhands and humans began flocking to cities a process began which in 150 years has spread to all countries that could accommodate a road. The loss of our natural instinctive connection to the land we struggle to feel really honest in this world. The more we abuse the earth the more disconnected we feel from all classes and religions. With less than 1% owning half the world’s wealth, is it any wonder we act so immorally? The gods of econonics seem to think they have cracked the code of social engineering and creating an idiom of acceptable thought, but at any stage, at any time the unthinkable can happen. Somebody just might nuke Mecca, or Jerusalem, the striaghts of Hormuz just might get mined, or some Saudi oil wells just might get blown up. Someone just might try to blockade Russia in the Black Sea. There are 10000 critical points of our system which can cripple us. We are here because we are lucky, but that’s all. Only the very very stupid would think we are here because we are so fucking good, that is hubris, a willfully criminal thought.

  14. Apneaman on Tue, 11th Jul 2017 5:19 pm 

    Joe, when they forced that homosexuality on you did they at least lube you up first and give you a reach around?

    I don’t know where you are getting your information, but homosexuality in the antiquity has almost nothing in common with how it is viewed and practiced in the modern west. No mirror. There are even significant differences between ancient Greek & Roman practices and attitude.

    Is your Google broken or sumthin? Start with this term ‘Pederasty’.

  15. Apneaman on Tue, 11th Jul 2017 5:54 pm 

    Sure clog, another big conspiracy, but this time it’s the Helioseismology community trying to scam grant money steal your freedom and make you gay (gayer in your case) and something something liberals, and bla bla bla Muslims and wa wa wa deep state. You know if you really want to fit in with the US conservatard conspiracy crowd you need to include some kinda Jesus love and atheist bashing too. You don’t have to believe in it, but you have to pretend – tribal rules and such. Trump’s atheist just like you and me, but no POTUS job or any political office above small town mayor for atheists in the US. It’s not about belief it’s about loyalty and trust. Publicly pretending to be a Christian even when everyone knows your not is a loyalty signal to the tribe and to the US nation.

    Has the Sun blown its top?

    It sure looks that way in this animation showing the Sun up close and personal. And there are two other ‘holes’ visible as well.

  16. Anonymouse on Tue, 11th Jul 2017 11:38 pm 

    Ap, clog is an utter fraud. He’s a lousy fake pseudo anti-globalist, and hes an even worse pretend faux-green. Its all part of his ‘act’. His ignorance, is 100% genuine however, rest assured. The rest of his persona, such as it is, is a phoney as a 3 shekel bill, or whatever he and his people in Judea are using these days.

  17. Cloggie on Wed, 12th Jul 2017 2:04 am 

    The rest of his persona, such as it is, is a phoney as a 3 shekel bill, or whatever he and his people in Judea are using these days.

    It’s a change from being called a “Nazi”, that’s for sure, but it also illustrates that there is no limit to the utter stupidity of our resident diesel trucker, who despite his occupation nevertheless wants to pimp himself into the major green league.

    Mouse tries to suck up to the TalmudTurk by suggesting I am an “Israeli”. You can’t make this stuff up.

    Did you hear that, “Swedish” TalmudTurk? The diesel trucker is confusing me for you and hopes he can score brownie points with you. LMAO

    You can have bro for your favorite pasttime, namely waging your Talmudic war against the white world.

    It is outrageous that the two idiots here who did the most damage to the eco-system (the diesel trucker and the self-styled designer of Alberta oil-refineries/car part salesman), have the biggest mouth with their empty virtue signaling around the clock against climate change.

  18. Cloggie on Wed, 12th Jul 2017 2:08 am 

    OMG! This was a record June! Average temperature 18,0°C against normally 15,6°C.

    Only 1901 was

  19. Cloggie on Wed, 12th Jul 2017 2:35 am 

    Sure clog, another big conspiracy

    I’m sorry but it is from a source YOU promoted as a “fine Dutch site”.

    Cought with your pants down to your ankles, eh?

  20. Apneaman on Wed, 12th Jul 2017 3:01 am 

    old queer, no one here but you is dutch and translator sucks so English only. This is an english language blog and you know it. How fucking lame to be posting foreign language a you meaningless counter evidence of your little country that probably makes up less than 1/4 of a percent.

    Do you really expect your little cherry picked temperature to cancel out the last three years of record Anthropocentric Global Warming? Fucking shit stain.

    Your the only one here who would conjure up or believe something so fucking stupid.

    U.S. Daily Record Highs Outnumber Lows 5 to 1 since 2010

    read it and weep dip shit.

  21. Apneaman on Wed, 12th Jul 2017 3:14 am 

    hey clogsucker, have some more cognitive dissonance….. on me.

    Main-Stream-Media Awakens to Perils of Abrupt Climate Change?

    “A lot can happen in a day. Things can turn on a dime. Has this just happened? David Wallace-Wells wrote a great article in recently on “The Uninhabitable Earth”. Media around the world carried parts of it, and a number of scientists chimed in. Many people said the article is too apocalyptic. I say that the article is spot on. Civilization, more correctly humanity is going down big time, on our current path. Abrupt climate change all but guarantees that. Unless we collectively change course by:

    1) Declare a global climate emergency.

    2) Deploy technologies to remove carbon from the atmosphere &/or oceans.

    3) Deploy technologies to cool the Arctic.”

    1,2 & 3 – never gonna happen. The humans will continue to dig and kill and burn and consume and choke to death the very biosphere they need to survive. The wailing and gnashing of teeth has begun – just begun and the worst is yet to come, but since AGW is non linear don’t be surprised at fast it’s been coming. Don’t even need to burn one more tank. With the existing inertia plus the already underway unstoppable feedbacks it’s just a waiting game – humans gone before 2100.

  22. Apneaman on Wed, 12th Jul 2017 3:24 am 

    Antarctica’s 4th Largest Ice Shelf is About to Melt Back to its Smallest Area Ever Recorded

    “For recent scientific assessments show that Larsen C is lowering in the water — an indication that the shelf is thinning. Furthermore, when the gigantic, Delaware-sized, ice berg and its smaller siblings break off they will take with them two outer sections of a stabilizing compression arch. The compression arch, somewhat like the arch of a flying buttress, helps to balance structural stresses for the ice shelf. If it were to be compromised in total, according to glacier scientists like Dr. Eric Rignot, Larsen C would soon be adding its name to the list of various ice shelves around the world that have already fallen due to the warming airs and waters produced by human-caused climate change.”

  23. Cloggie on Wed, 12th Jul 2017 3:28 am 

    no one here but you is dutch and translator sucks so English only.

    TalmudTurk, like a good scholar I present the sources of my information (from the worthy old Dutch weather institute KNMI, Koninklijk Nederlands Metereologisch Instituut), information that I present in English, for simpletons with an agenda like you.

    I am not applying high standards to you, like assuming that you are able to speak other languages. Of course you are not. Only global pigeon Esperanto-English, that every third worlder is able to speak, a language being used as the global doormat, everybody can wipe his shoes with.

    KNMI – bringing you the weather since 1854, according the highest scientific standards:

  24. Apneaman on Wed, 12th Jul 2017 3:35 am 

    Heat Wave With No End in Sight Intensifying Nation’s Worst Current Drought in Dakotas, Montana

    “A long-lived heat wave from the northern Plains to parts of the northern Rockies and Great Basin shows little sign of relenting over the next week or more, and that’s likely to exacerbate the nation’s most rapidly worsening drought in parts of the Dakotas and Montana.

    Known as a flash drought for its relatively rapid development, this northern Plains drought developed quickly by late May over a sizable swath of eastern Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota.”

    “Glasgow, Montana, in the state’s northeast corner, shattered its previous record-driest April-through-June period – a record that stood for 99 years.”

  25. Cloggie on Wed, 12th Jul 2017 3:51 am 

    How to combat climate change? Simple,

    Lessons from Dutch Masters

    Chief Seattle studying Dutch bicycle practices:

    You can add a little electro-motor to your bike and already you are a speed devil (and safety hazard):

    “Afstappen! U fietst veel te hard!”

    Translation for TalmudTurk: “get off your bike, your speed is too high”.

    eRockiter, the e-bike that can go as fast as 80 khm:

    E-bikes are a perfect car replacement for most occasions, like commuting your Dutch average of 34 km/day, for a fraction of the energy cost. You need to exercise anyway, so why not during the commute without sweating, on your e-bike.

    The problem is: these race-monsters go too fast and begin to become a safety hazard.

    Speed limit for bikes?

  26. Apneaman on Wed, 12th Jul 2017 3:51 am 

    English rules the planet fuck tard. How come they made you learn it in school? I did not have to take dutch or german or any of the other primitive dying European barbarian languages. I speak and read enough of the former dominate language of the European ruling classes and educated – French. French had it’s days and English took over as the superior evolved language. Dutch is just some half breed back water German grunting noises. Even if the humans weren’t going extinct the dutch language still would. The world neither wants it nor needs it. They have English. Shakespeare wrote in English and has been translated into almost every major language on the planet going on 400 years. Why? Because no other language is as rich and expressive as English. That’s why you speak English and I don’t need to speak dutch. Same as I don’t need a horse and wagon to get around. If you don’t speak the language – get the fuck outta the blog country.

  27. Apneaman on Wed, 12th Jul 2017 3:57 am 

    California Heat Wave Kills Thousands of Cattle and Overwhelms Dairy Industry

    “tory Highlights

    The heat wave caused an estimated 4,000 to 6,000 livestock deaths in June.

    The staggering number of carcasses have overwhelmed facilities that properly dispose of them.

    A local state of emergency allowing dairy farmers to bury or compost the carcasses has been extended.”

    “The staggering number of carcasses has caused malfunctions at rendering plants, which do daily pickups of dead livestock to convert their tissue into useful materials.

    Baker Commodities, a local facility, had to stop picking up from farms due to an overload at the plant, according to the Fresno Bee.”

  28. Cloggie on Wed, 12th Jul 2017 4:07 am 

    English rules the planet fuck tard.

    Not for long anymore, TalmudTurd. The age of the Anglos is almost over. Death by suicide. Let them. Eurasian century is next.

    They have English. Shakespeare wrote in English

    “Yale English students call for end of focus on white male writers”

    “Bye, Bye Bard: Penn’s ‘Snowflakes’ Banish Shakespeare”

    Bongo-bongo authors are next.

    Jewish Canadian talking about and warning against the “Death of Canada”:

    Snicker. His tribe organized this impending death of Canada first and now he has second thoughts. How smart is that? And dumber koshers like Apneaman-TalmudTurk is still promoting white suicide.

    It is only a matter of a few years until our self-styled “liberators” pack their bags and return to the prairie, Soviet-style. Bye-bye und auf niemals wiedersehen.

    With a little luck Shakespeare will still be taught in continental Europe, where in Britain they will study the Koran.

  29. Cloggie on Wed, 12th Jul 2017 4:17 am 

    Dutch is just some half breed back water German grunting noises.

    And Dutch/Low German is basically an affirmative action language for Jews:


    Lacht der Wind in Korn,
    lacht un lacht un lacht
    – lacht er op a Tog a gantsn
    un a halbe Nacht.


    Lacht de wind in (het) koren,
    lacht en lacht en lacht
    – lacht er op een dag en ganse
    en een halve nacht.

  30. Apneaman on Wed, 12th Jul 2017 4:28 am 

    clog you look more desperate with each retard denier comment. I am now literally posting up to a dozen disasters a day and they are costing from millions to a billion and people are getting injured, dying and losing their homes and business and watching their infrastructure get smashed to shit. Bone heads like you and the barrel counting/cheerleading fuck heads deserve the suffering coming to you and yours. Many of you will see your children suffer and die and all you can do is deny, make up bullshit excuses and cheer barrel counts. Well, I’ve planted the seeds deep in your heads and fertilize it daily with real reports of record breaking disasters. Can’t run, can’t hide and can’t keep your heads in the sand or up your asses forever. It’s coming for you.

    Thousands Flee As Scores of Large Wildfires Blaze in Western U.S., Canada

    ‘It seems like the province of B.C. is burning up’

  31. Apneaman on Wed, 12th Jul 2017 4:43 am 

    I’ve been telling the humans that they have unleashed forces more powerful than they can comprehend.

    Melting ice may be making mountains collapse in Greenland

    “But what residents – and seismic equipment – initially labelled a quake may be nothing of the sort.”

    “Everyone was fooled by the collapse of a mountain,” says Martin Luethi, a Swiss glaciologist who has been studying Greenland’s glaciers since 1995. “The tsunami wasn’t triggered by an earthquake.”

    Luethi believes the culprit was a landslide at nearby Karrat fjord. And as the falling mountain hit the ocean, it created enough seismic noise to dupe sensors and generate the waves that inundated Nuugaatsiaq.

    It’s a recognised pattern. In 2002, Norwegian researchers discovered that landslides can fool seismometers and initiate tsunamis. Two years earlier, a landslide triggered a tsunami that levelled the uninhabited mining town of Qullissat.

    “Ice cannot hold a mountain together if the ice flows,” adds Luethi. “Melting and freezing cycles mean rocks are getting destroyed. There’s so much unstable rock in Greenland and they have no earthquakes to shake it down.”

    “..this wasn’t a one-off. This region is full of craggy fjords undergoing temporal shift. Meaning more so-called quakes – and accompanying tsunamis – seem imminent.”

    “So was this a landslide triggered by an earthquake, or a seismic event traced to a landslide? The Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland are also working to determine the cause. However, Luethi and Truffer, who between them have nearly 50 years’ experience studying this ice say the evidence is compelling. A growing contingent of researchers online agree.

    “If Greenland continues to warm will there be more incidents like this?” Truffer wonders before detailing his next step. “Just next to the landslide, there’s a smaller area that’s looking very unstable. It looks like it’s warming and creeping down the mountain and breaking up. That’s the one we’re worried about now. The destructive power of these things is phenomenal.”

    Tsunami and flood that caused Nuugaatsiaq and Illorsuit with destructions and 4 missing people and 11 houses swallowed to the sea. Big evacuation to Uummannaq.

    “The destructive power of these things is phenomenal.”

    Oh hell ya. AGW brings down mountains. Forces more powerful than they can comprehend.

  32. Cloggie on Wed, 12th Jul 2017 4:58 am 

    clog you look more desperate with each retard denier comment.

    Look, I know that folks like you are not designed to run a civilization. A certain Austrian political thinker said as much. You folks are good though at regime change, but once a country falls into your hands, the USSR and USA come to mind, to can only drive it into the ground.

    In an earlier post today I have already shown that Europe will largely get rid of oil by 2030 and the rest of the fossil dreggs by 2050. That’s the only way out, also for you prairie-dweller folks.

    So I don’t give a damn how many “disasters/day” you can come up with, it is solutions that count. And it is always a good idea to study the solutions your cultural (and soon again political) masters in Europe…

    … come up with, solution for problems, natural born fossil-fuel-stinkers like DieselMouse or resident self-styled oil-refinery designers like yourself, have caused.

    Happy studying!

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