AW: global warming and extinction, is there a model?

Donat Agosti agosti at AMNH.ORG
Wed Sep 28 20:31:48 CDT 2005

So why then aren't you changing your position to show, that climate
change has NO impact? Why should be demonstrated that climate change has
an effect? Why should be demonstrated that polluting our seas,
overfishing our seas, etc. be bad? It's pretty naiv to assume in any
system, that changing pararmeters has no effects, especially if we
change our environment in such drastic ways as we do now, and that
changes occur in blimps rather than steps. Biology teaches us, that
history wasn't so much about small steps, but drastic ones, And they


Dr. Donat Agosti
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Auftrag von Curtis Clark
Gesendet: Mittwoch, 28. September 2005 07:17
Betreff: Re: global warming and extinction, is there a model?

On 2005-09-27 11:11, Hans Henderickx wrote:
> In the media possible mass extinction is
> predicted without accuracy and there are lots of surrounding articles,
> usually alarming, all over the internet

It's hard to imagine that global warming will add more than a blip to
the current mass extinction (although I can imagine scientists fifty-odd
million years from now speculating that, since it was more or less
coincident with a global temperature increase, that must have been the
reason for the mass extinction).

Curtis Clark        
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Professor, Biological Sciences                   +1 909 869 4062

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