Category Archives: Extinction

Seeing the Future Dimly

By David L. Brown One of the news websites, Fox News (here), today featured excerpts from a number of predictions made 25 years ago by “science thinkers,” predicting conditions in our time of 2012. I recognize the names of most … Continue reading

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Good News for Polar Bears (Or Maybe Not)

By David L. Brown Hooray! According to Reuters, polar bear researchers have determined that the iconic bears may not be doomed after all. Here’s the lead from the article, which you can read here: (Reuters) – All is not lost … Continue reading

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The Tragedy of the Bat

By David L. Brown Bats have always gotten a bum rap. These furry little flying creatures have been associated with vampires, witches and ghouls for generations, and they’re the first to be blamed for rabies and other diseases. In fact, … Continue reading

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Sushi — Or Not Sushi? That Is the Question

By David L. Brown How can we tell when a species is endangered? One clue is when people are willing to pay an arm and a leg to eat the unfortunate few remaining members. Recently a 511 lb. northern bluefin … Continue reading

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Financial Meltdown Mirrored at North Pole

by Val Germann The world’s financial markets and “The Top of the World” are exhibiting a frightening similarity as winter ends: both are melting down.   In a few days the G-20 nations will sit down for a talk as the … Continue reading

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Hawking Again Calls for Star Trek Future

By David L. Brown Stephen Hawking, one of the world’s most celebrated scientists, has once again stated that “the long-term future of the human race must be in space.” According to a report on CNN.com/europe, Hawking recently said: “It will … Continue reading

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Few Options for Keeping the Earth Cool

By David L. Brown Those who have read my novel The Star Phoenix know that it is set in a future world devastated by climate change, social upheaval, plagues and other unfortunate events. Only a few humans survive and a … Continue reading

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Rock Meeting Hard Place On Extinction Express

By David L. Brown The evidence continues to mount that the Earth is entering into a mass extinction event that could dwarf even the one that ended the age of dinosaurs. One of the most ominous clues is the widespread … Continue reading

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Catch 22 and the Polar Bear’s Dilemma

By David L. Brown It’s official — the U.S. Department of the Interior has added the polar bear to the list of endangered species. The story is here on the N.Y. Times news site, which reports: …the long-delayed decision to … Continue reading

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Where Have the Bees and Butterflies Gone?

By David L. Brown When I was a child in post-World War II America we had no videogames or even television, and like many others at that time I collected butterflies. Many times I would go forth with my net … Continue reading

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