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Sunday, September 26, 2021

Toxic microbial blooms thrived during the Great Dying, the most severe extinction in Earth's history, and they are proliferating again due to human activity.



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...If you live near a freshwater river or lake, odds are good that you have seen warning signs about harmful algal and bacterial blooms posted on its shores. Alarmingly, a new study reports that these blooms may be early indicators of an ongoing ecological disaster, caused by humans, that eerily parallels the worst extinction event in Earth's history.

Some 251 million years ago, the end-Permian event (EPE), popularly known as the "Great Dying," wiped out nearly 90 percent of species on Earth, making it the most severe loss of life in our planet's history.

Ominous parallels of that upheaval are now showing up on Earth, according to a team led by Chris Mays, a postdoctoral researcher and palaeobotanist at the Swedish Museum of Natural History in Stockholm. The researchers found that toxic algal and bacterial blooms during the Great Dying are similar to a recent microbial proliferation in modern lakes and rivers -- a trend that has been linked to human activities such as greenhouse gas emissions (especially carbon dioxide), deforestation, and soil loss. ...

#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-09-26 01:02 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

The one I remember most distinctly was on January 20, 2017 and it was brilliant orange.

#2 | Posted by Yodagirl at 2021-09-26 05:04 PM | Reply

Well, it's slower than "Giant meteor 2020" as preferred candidate, but I guess there is still hope

#3 | Posted by zeropointnrg at 2021-09-26 06:11 PM | Reply

America is doing what it can to reduce the Surplus population of humans.

Why isn't China keeping up?

(the proceeding was entirely snark)

#4 | Posted by Tor at 2021-09-26 07:12 PM | Reply

#4 | Posted by Tor

Well Anti-vaxxers are for sure... just read an article that 95% of the dying is still vaccinated.

#5 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2021-09-26 08:00 PM | Reply

Galaxy I think you mean unvaccinated.

It will be really weird if some counties have to be resettled in 10 years but a weird part of me is looking forward to this strange beautiful possibility.

#6 | Posted by Tor at 2021-09-26 08:23 PM | Reply

"Toxic microbial blooms..."

But enough about Trumpers.

#7 | Posted by Corky at 2021-09-26 09:14 PM | Reply

I was wondering how long it would take someone to blame an event that occurred 250,000,000 years ago on Trump. I see the conversation is already headed that way.

#8 | Posted by Miranda7 at 2021-09-26 10:16 PM | Reply

There was hardly any wait all for someone to miss the point; that both things are "toxic blooms" not that one of them is "to blame" for anything.

Reading is your friend, friend.

#9 | Posted by Corky at 2021-09-26 10:20 PM | Reply


How you incompetent ----- continue to carry that fat turd's water is beyond me. At last, sir, have you no shame?

#10 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2021-09-26 11:08 PM | Reply

As for Trump, I despise him, never voted for him and don't carry his water. I was pointing out that So many posters here are completely obsessed with Trump and make him the scapegoat for all the worlds problems. That mentality is counterproductive to any sort of real problem solving or progress.

LYD, You probably think Trump is responsible for the stains in your underwear. Wipe your own ass and grow up. You are by far the most ignorant, rude, nasty little POS on this forum. Your contributions rarely extend beyond personal insults typical of middle schoolers. I don't think I've seen a post yet where you don't call someone a childish name. So back at you. STFU loser

#11 | Posted by Miranda7 at 2021-09-27 08:22 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

All past mass extinction events have been tied to the earth being hit by something big from the sky or volcanic activity, both of which blocked sunlight from the earth

#12 | Posted by jakester at 2021-09-27 04:39 PM | Reply

We can't have billions of people pumping out toxins all over the world for centuries and expect our world to last.
To be real... nothing is being done to change the path humans are on because of greed and our leaders waste time arguing over nothing.
Enjoy it while you can because it could all turn to pooh in a heartbeat.

#13 | Posted by 503jc69 at 2021-09-27 04:57 PM | Reply

"I was wondering how long it would take someone to blame an event that occurred 250,000,000 years ago on Trump."

Who did that?

#14 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-09-27 04:58 PM | Reply

The great Permian event happened 250 mil years ago due to a combination of volcanic eruptions and an asteroid impact that wiped out everything. Had nothing to do with humans and greenhouse gases and ozone. Yes bad things are happening around us but not due to humans walking the earth.

#15 | Posted by penguinhead at 2021-09-28 08:00 AM | Reply

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