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    humans are the invasive species destroying our planet.  How many humans will be left after all the ecosystems go to hell in a hand basket?  This is going to be a real ugly planet for a few hundred thousand years until the biosphere regains a balance.  Homo sapiens sapiens probably won't survive, which makes me wonder what will take our niche in the next epoch.

    •  Homo sapiens will survive. (3+ / 0-)
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      Like cockroaches and rats, we are extremely adaptable, hence our current huge numbers. Maybe 95% of us will die, probably in wars over resources, but enough of us will survive to repopulate the ravaged Earth.

      The sleep of reason brings forth monsters. --Goya

      by MadScientist on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 04:47:25 PM PST

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      •  We're adaptable, (10+ / 0-)

        but mass extinction events are always harder for the animals higher on the food chain; they need more of a robust support network under them to survive.  I have no doubt that some of will live, but most will not.  Your 95% is probably a pretty good casualty estimate.

        In any event, we're looking at thousands of years before the biosphere recovers, and that's on the low end.  What confuses me is how we can be worked into such a frenzy over something like a terrorist crashing a plane into a building, but not something like the impending crash of a planetary ecosystem or the prospect of billions of deaths and collapse of global civilization.

        Certain otherwise clever primates seem to have skewed priorities.

        "Forecast for tomorrow? A few sprinkles of genius with a chance of doom!" -Stewie Griffin

        by quillsinister on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 06:38:03 PM PST

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