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Old 01-06-2011, 03:08 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Did We Kill It? Is It Dead Yet?

Just wondered what people thought about the recent mass deaths of birds and fish? That's a whole lot of dead fish and bird! All this in just a few days and it's no longer just the USA.
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Definitely a bizarre series of events. Let's remain rational though.
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It is hard to tell. With so much better and faster communications these days, more and more stuff we would never hear about in the past except maybe on the local level become worldwide news today.

About ten years ago I read about a study of the number of volcano eruptions that occurred throughout the world in the last century. The researchers noticed a steady rise in the number of eruptions throughout the first half of the century. The exceptions to this rise were during 1914-1918 and 1939-1945, where there were noticeable drops in the reported eruptions.

Their conclusions: The reason for the apparent increase in eruptions was better communications; we were hearing about eruptions in remote places that we wouldn't have heard about in the past. The reason for the two anomalous drops: The world was too preoccupied with the world wars to be looking for volcanic eruption is obscure places. For the second half of the century, satellites eliminated any remote unobserved places from the earth.

Also, many people are suddenly looking for anything that could indicate environmental collapse or the end of the world. So obscure stuff which may normally occur frequently that few noticed before are suddenly getting attention.

So it is hard to tell if this is something new or life as usual that few previously noticed.
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^^ you're forgetting more sensetive detection equipment on the ground. nowadays we can tell when a butterfly lands 5k miles away by the siesmic waves rippling out from it's landing. OK exaggerating a little but they are 'quakes

I've seen more than a few "the end is coming" groups use that as evidence and I think 'seriously guys, stick some silly putty between your ears and you'll be better off.'
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...obviously, our "fresh" waters/air aren't as 'fresh' as we thought.
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Wonder if we're seeing the after effects of the BP oil spill. Some of the chemicals they used to disperse the oil could of been to toxic.
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