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Monsanto- The Devil behind a mask II. Rate of environmental degradation puts life on Earth at risk, say scientists. Humans are “eating away at our own life support systems” at a rate unseen in the past 10,000 years by degrading land and freshwater systems, emitting greenhouse gases and releasing vast amounts of agricultural chemicals into the environment, new research has found.

Rate of environmental degradation puts life on Earth at risk, say scientists

Two major new studies by an international team of researchers have pinpointed the key factors that ensure a livable planet for humans, with stark results. Of nine worldwide processes that underpin life on Earth, four have exceeded “safe” levels – human-driven climate change, loss of biosphere integrity, land system change and the high level of phosphorus and nitrogen flowing into the oceans due to fertiliser use.

Researchers spent five years identifying these core components of a planet suitable for human life, using the long-term average state of each measure to provide a baseline for the analysis. All of these changes are shifting Earth into a “new state” that is becoming less hospitable to human life, researchers said. In Just 60 Years, Neoliberal Capitalism Has Nearly Broken Planet Earth. This post first appeared at Common Dreams.

In Just 60 Years, Neoliberal Capitalism Has Nearly Broken Planet Earth

Humanity’s rapacious growth and accelerated energy needs over the last generation — particularly fed by an economic system that demands increasing levels of consumption and inputs of natural resources — are fast driving planetary systems towards their breaking point, according to a new pair of related studies. Prepared by researchers at the Stockholm Resilience Centre, the first study looks specifically at how “four of nine planetary boundaries have now been crossed as a result of human activity.”

“It is difficult to overestimate the scale and speed of change. In a single lifetime humanity has become a geological force at the planetary-scale.” In addition to the four boundaries that have already been crossed, the study looked five other ways in which the planetary systems are under assault by human activity. “I don’t think we’ve broken the planet but we are creating a much more difficult world,” Sarah Cornell, another report author, told Reuters. Scientists: Human activity has pushed Earth beyond four of nine ‘planetary boundaries’ Clmate change: A severe drought plagued a third of Queensland, Australia in 2013.

Scientists: Human activity has pushed Earth beyond four of nine ‘planetary boundaries’

Destabilizing the global environment could make Earth less hospitable for humans. (David Gray/Reuters)

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How Humans Are Changing the Planet—in 7 Dramatic GIFs - Rebecca J. Rosen. Watch as Las Vegas booms, the Amazon disappears, and Dubai grows out into the sea.

How Humans Are Changing the Planet—in 7 Dramatic GIFs - Rebecca J. Rosen

Google today released an "interactive timelapse experience" that allows users to explore millions of satellite images captured over the last quarter-century -- 25 years of immense growth and destruction. "We believe this is the most comprehensive picture of our changing planet ever made available to the public," Google said in a statement.

The project was built in conjunction with the U.S. Geological Survey, NASA, and TIME. The images come from the USGS-NASA's satellite program LANDSAT, which were often stored on tapes like those in the thumbnail to the right. "Much like the iconic image of Earth from the Apollo 17 mission--which had a profound effect on many of us--this time-lapse map is not only fascinating to explore," Google Earth's Rebecca Moore writes, "but we also hope it can inform the global community's thinking about how we live on our planet and the policies that will guide us in the future. "

Our Astonishingly Beautiful World

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MORE.... About the Climate Change. Surf on Green. Seas, Oceans & their Animals. (from Plankton to Sharks. DEFORESTATION. Robot Farming and the Future of Food: Hard Work on Wheels. NWS JetStream. The atmosphere is a cloud of gas and suspended solids extending from the Earth's surface out many thousands of miles, becoming increasingly thinner with distance but always held by the Earth's gravitational pull.

NWS JetStream

The atmosphere is made up of layers. it surrounds the Earth and holds the air we breathe; it protects us from outer space; and holds moisture (clouds), gases, and tiny particles. In short, the atmosphere is the protective bubble we live in. This protective bubble consists of several gases (listed in the table to the right) with the top four making up 99.998% of all gases. Of the dry composition of the atmosphere nitrogen, by far, is the most common. Nitrogen dilutes oxygen and prevents rapid burning at the Earth's surface.

It is also necessary for combustion or burning. Argon is used in light bulbs, in double-pane windows, and to preserve the original Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. These percentages of atmospheric gases are for a completely dry atmosphere. HOME.