The Extinction of the Phytoplankton and Life as we know it.

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The death of plankton was the background of the classic SF movie, "SOYLENT GREEN". I recommend it. It scared me then, it scares me more now.
Great movie - they should do a remake!
soylent green is people!

Sounds like a lolcat poster in the making...
Why? How can you improve on the original?


Unless, maybe they cast Vin Diesel.
You maniacs! Damn you!

Oops wrong movie.
Have to see if they have it on netflix. And yes to Vin Diesel in the lead role! Perfect!

What was that other one that had Michael York in the lead role, where they basically killed off everyone over 30 or something like that.... Oh, Logan's Run. But Vin Deisel is probably too old for that one, being over 30 and all.
Damn, what next? Only the stupidist dog soils its own cave. Pigs do it even tho they are considered smart. Many human societies in the past have overstressed their ecosystems and undergone extinction. I guess now that we're global, a global extinction is to be expected.

What can an individual do? Vote? Does it work? Drive less? Eat less meat (oh no, not that argument again! Please any petaphobes and petaphiles this is about global warming, not about being nice to animals). Bike more? Reproduce less? Vasectomies and tubal ligations? Go gay! Promote earth-friendly war? Plant trees?

Unless there is national + global consensus, which there isn't, we're just pissing in the ocean. Literally.
Dear Daniel, why do you bait me so? I will quote and say - wrong again! You say'" ............. soils its own cave. Pigs do it even tho they are considered smart. " They don't when given room.
ok, we'll take pigs out of the discussion. the point stands.
We could always try getting religion.


No, I'm just kidding.
As I understand it, the phytoplankton has a role in converting CO2 to Oxygen+sugars. So, less phytoplankton would lead to increased CO2, leading to a worsening spiral.

The planet has been through a lot of changes, and some major disasters. Climate change may well mean a climate disaster - hard to imagine it would now. I don't think a major climate disaster would be the end of terrestrial life, but might mean horrible conditions for those species and individuals who remain, until a new equilibrium is reached.

I agree with Phil, too bad about the grandchildren. I'm sure they will curse their ancestors.
The planet has been through a lot of changes, and some major disasters.

I hold to the counter-intuitive proposal that conservationists and environmentalists all, we don't need to Save The Planet™, it has you point out seen itself through far worse than us. I feel a perfectly mundane principle of self-survival should be perfectly sufficient motivation.


As I understand it, the phytoplankton has a role in converting CO2 to Oxygen+sugars. So, less phytoplankton would lead to increased CO2, leading to a worsening spiral.

That's positive feedback. Feed C02 into the system, raises the temperature, which releases more C02 (or worse CH4)

I can't get past why this news isn't terrifying more people.

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