MachineMachine /stream - tagged with extinction en-us LifePress <![CDATA[You're (Maybe) Gonna Need a Patent for That Woolly Mammoth | WIRED]]>

The mouse didn't look like much. It had the same red beady eyes and white fur as any other laboratory mouse. Sure, its DNA had been tweaked to make it ideal for testing anti-cancer drugs, but that wasn’t so unusual either.

Mon, 28 Feb 2022 00:52:24 -0800
<![CDATA[The Climate Crisis Is Worse Than You Can Imagine. Here’s What Happens If You Try. — ProPublica]]> ]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2021 23:55:28 -0800 <![CDATA[An Incomplete Timeline of What We Tried]]>

Human extinction. The coordinated release of various strains of a human sterilization virus.

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 06:13:06 -0700
<![CDATA[How Humanity Came To Contemplate Its Possible Extinction: A Timeline | The MIT Press Reader]]>

It is only in the last couple of centuries that we have begun to grasp that our existence might one day cease to exist forever. Today's attempts to measure and mitigate existential threats are the continuation of a project initiated over two centuries ago.

Fri, 09 Oct 2020 00:13:48 -0700
<![CDATA[The Arrogance of the Anthropocene - The Atlantic]]>

On geological timescales, human civilization is an event, not an epoch. Humans are now living in a new geological epoch of our own making: the Anthropocene. Or so we’re told.

Sat, 17 Aug 2019 08:05:08 -0700
<![CDATA[Extinction Rebellion: Not the Struggle we Need, Pt. 1]]>

The first of a three-part critique of Extinction Rebellion, focussing on their attitudes towards the police, legal system and prison. Out of the Woods are utterly convinced of the need for action addressing ecological crisis by any means necessary. But not all means are necessary.

Sat, 20 Jul 2019 11:10:24 -0700
<![CDATA[The Day the Dinosaurs Died | The New Yorker]]>

If, on a certain evening about sixty-­six million years ago, you had stood somewhere in North America and looked up at the sky, you would have soon made out what appeared to be a star. If you watched for an hour or two, the star would have seemed to grow in brightness, although it barely moved.

Sun, 31 Mar 2019 06:50:25 -0700
<![CDATA[‘Everything is not going to be okay’: How to live with constant reminders that the Earth is in trouble]]>

What does it mean to be alive right now? Right now. Right this second, right this epoch, as mankind alters the Earth beyond recognition.

Thu, 07 Feb 2019 05:01:00 -0800
<![CDATA[A computer will (probably) eradicate humanity]]>

There are thousands of computers that could destroy human civilization as we know it, if not eradicate the human race altogether.

Mon, 06 Aug 2018 20:42:14 -0700
<![CDATA[Humans just 0.01% of all life but have destroyed 83% of wild mammals – study | Environment | The Guardian]]>

Humankind is revealed as simultaneously insignificant and utterly dominant in the grand scheme of life on Earth by a groundbreaking new assessment of all life on the planet. The world’s 7.6 billion people represent just 0.01% of all living things, according to the study.

Thu, 24 May 2018 03:47:08 -0700
<![CDATA[An Incomplete Timeline of What We Tried - Motherboard]]>

Human extinction. The coordinated release of various strains of a human sterilization virus.

Wed, 04 Apr 2018 08:08:44 -0700
<![CDATA[But What Would the End of Humanity Mean for Me? - The Atlantic]]>

Preeminent scientists are warning about serious threats to human life in the not-distant future, including climate change and superintelligent computers. Most people don't care.

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 17:43:28 -0800
<![CDATA[Refusing Survival: What Happens If We Don’t Save the World From Climate Change? | Novara Media]]>

It’s ok. You can say it. Everyone else seems to be saying it now anyway. It might even make you feel better. It’s too late.

Sun, 26 Nov 2017 10:30:44 -0800
<![CDATA[Against ‘Sustainability’ - The New York Times]]>

Among the many stories that can be told about the origins of the environmental movement in the West, perhaps the most common is that it began with the emergence of Romanticism in the late 18th century. In this version, environmentalism was born as the good twin to evil industrialization.

Wed, 25 Oct 2017 10:50:35 -0700
<![CDATA[The Future is Fungal – Mask Magazine]]>

The future as shown to us by science fictions is almost always shiny. Whether in aspirational daydreams or depictions of dystopia, the vision continues to be one of gleaming metal, stark white interiors, and of course many more robots.

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 06:50:20 -0700
<![CDATA[How to face the ecocide (Down the Dark Mountain) — High Country News]]>

In the winter of 2013, I drove up California’s Central Valley to Stockton, to interview Cambodian parents who’d lost children in one of the nation’s many mass school shootings.

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 05:04:41 -0700
<![CDATA[Are We as Doomed as That New York Magazine Article Says? - The Atlantic]]>

No one knows how to talk about climate change right now. I don’t have an idea about where to begin, and I write about it professionally. On the one hand, the natural consequences of climate change seem increasingly severe and devastating.

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 22:20:19 -0700
<![CDATA[The human world is not more fragile now: it always has been | Aeon Essays]]>

The end of the world is a growth industry. You can almost feel Armageddon in the air: from survivalist and ‘prepper’ websites (,, prepforshtf.

Thu, 08 Jun 2017 08:01:46 -0700
<![CDATA[Doomsday Prep for the Super-Rich - The New Yorker]]>

Steve Huffman, the thirty-three-year-old co-founder and C.E.O. of Reddit, which is valued at six hundred million dollars, was nearsighted until November, 2015, when he arranged to have laser eye surgery.

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 04:54:30 -0700
<![CDATA[The 13 impossible crises that humanity now faces | George Monbiot | Opinion | The Guardian]]>

From Trump to climate change, this multiheaded crisis presages collapse. And there’s no hope of exiting the ‘other side’ if political alternatives are shut down Please don’t read this unless you are feeling strong. This is a list of 13 major crises that, I believe, confront us.

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 00:16:14 -0800