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Throughout Earth’s existence, mass extinction events have wiped out entire species, potentially changing the ecosystem permanently. In fact, scientists name five mass extinction events, with the most recent being the wipeout of dinosaurs approximately 66 million years ago. The cause of such extinctions has been proposed as asteroids, the Ice Age, and oxygen depletion in the ocean, but in some cases, the cause is unknown.

A possibly upcoming extinction event has experts reviewing those five previous incidents to see what they have in common. With each extinction event, the normal cycling of carbon was disrupted, either in the atmosphere or in the oceans. This brings concerns from scientists who are already well aware of the danger rising carbon emissions pose to our planet. The question is, could this changing environment cause a carbon jolt that could cause the sixth mass extinction?

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If the summer heat is keeping you indoors, you aren’t alone. In fact, a new study reveals that 30 percent of the global population experiences potentially fatal heat levels for at least 20 days or more each year. Due to climate change, this issue is only getting worse, with scientists estimating that these heat levels will rise to as much as 75 percent by the end of the century.

To avoid this danger, the study cautions that greenhouse gas emissions will need to drop dramatically. Even with a reduction in emissions, the study says one in two people will face a risk of dying due to heat at least 20 days a year.

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The friendly skies may get a little rougher. New research is increasingly connecting climate change to the jet stream, which could have a direct impact on airline travel by the last half of the century. Scientists believe that warmer climates could mean more turbulence for passengers and flight crews, especially along transatlantic routes in the Northern Hemisphere. In other words, those flying from North America to Europe may be in for a bumpy ride.

Experts explain that the increase in carbon dioxide concentrations could directly impact the jet stream that crosses the flight corridor, which would not only mean bumpy rides but an overall increase in the cost of fuel and airplane maintenance. But most concerning is the possibility of an increase in severe turbulence, which goes beyond making passengers uncomfortable or nauseous. Severe turbulence has the power to put its victims in the hospital.

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