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Evolution Can’t Keep Up to the Blistering Pace of Climate Change

As Charles Darwin showed nearly 150 years ago, species can adapt to changing environmental conditions through the trial-and-error process of natural selection. A discouraging new study shows that climate change is happening too fast for evolution to keep up, placing countless plant and animal species at risk. Read More >>

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The Sixth Mass Extinction Will Be Like Nothing in Earth’s History

The sixth mass extinction — the one that seven billion humans are sadly doing their utmost to trigger at this very moment — is shaping up to be like nothing our planet has ever seen. That’s the conclusion of a sweeping new analysis, which compared marine fossil records from Earth’s five previous mass extinction events to what’s happening in the oceans right now. Read More >>

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Early Animals Could’ve Caused Earth’s First Mass Extinction Simply By Existing

You don’t need a disastrous, immediate event to bring about the end of the world. Sometimes you just need evolution to take its toll. Read More >>

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The Future Happened 56 Million Years Ago

History has a way of repeating itself. Humans are currently conducting a grand experiment with Earth’s climate, but the outcome of that experiment may be foretold. According to Penn State climate scientist Richard Alley, the future—or a somewhat diluted version of it—happened 55.9 million years ago. Read More >>

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A Guide to the Most Destructive Events in the History of Earth

If you want a little disaster porn this morning, you can watch this How Stuff Works podcast about possible causes of the five mass extinctions that nearly extinguished all life on Earth. After that cheerful topic, I also talk about why scientists believe we're heading into a sixth mass extinction. Read More >>