According to a recent U.N. global assessment report, up to one million (that’s 1,000,000!) species are now in danger of extinction, thanks largely to human actions

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[Note for TomDispatch Readers:On Friday, September 20th, three days before a U.N. climate summit, there will be school strikes across the U.S. of the sort launched by the young Swedish activist, Greta Thunberg. Adults have been urged to offer their support. This aging adult will certainly be at theNew York versionof such events, including a rally to be addressed by Thunberg herself. I urge otherTomDispatchreaders to think about doing the same. Tom]

On the Precipice
The Collective Asteroid of Human History
ByTom Engelhardt

Worlds end. Every day. We all die sooner or later. When you get tomy age, it’s a subject that can’t help but be on your mind.

What’s unusual is this: it’s not just increasingly ancient folks like me who should be thinking such thoughts anymore. After all, worlds of a far larger…

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