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Humans Have Wiped Out 85 Percent Of Mammals On Earth, Study Says

(CBS Local) – Humans make up only a tiny minority of the life on Earth, however a new study claims people are responsible for wiping out more than half of the planet’s lifeforms. The Details:
  • A study of the Earth’s biomass finds that 80 percent of the planet is made of plants
  • Humans represent just 0.01 percent of life on Earth
  • Since humans arrived, the study says they have helped wipe out 85 percent of mammals
According to a study of the Earth’s living “biomass,” humans account for a mere 0.01 percent of the planet’s life. Mammals in general made up only a small portion of the planet when compared to plants, which accounted for over 80 percent of Earth’s biomass. Mammals were even overwhelmed by bacteria (13 percent) and fungi (two percent). The scientists, who published the results in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, looked at the carbon content of the Earth to figure out what the actual “kingdom” of life looked like across time. Despite the results, researchers say humans have radically affected the balance of the planet since arriving over 300,000 years ago. The study claims that humans have contributed to cutting the carbon weight of mammals by a staggering 85 percent and plants by nearly 50 percent in that time. “I would hope this gives people a perspective on the very dominant role that humanity now plays on Earth,” lead researcher Ron Milo of the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel said, via The Guardian. According to Milo and his team, present day mammals are mostly made up of livestock, not wild animals. “When I do a puzzle with my daughters, there is usually an elephant next to a giraffe next to a rhino,” Milo added. “But if I was trying to give them a more realistic sense of the world, it would be a cow next to a cow next to a cow and then a chicken.” The study of the Earth’s changing biomass also referenced the possibility of another mass extinction event, which fellow scientists recently warned could occur by the year 2100. “Even though short in numbers, we have managed to throw a lot of sand in the air and mess up a lot of things,” Harvard biologist EO Wilson said, via the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

Humans Have Wiped Out 85 Percent Of Mammals On Earth, Study Says

(CBS Local) – Humans make up only a tiny minority of the life on Earth, however a new study claims people are responsible for wiping out more than half of the planet’s lifeforms. The Details:
  • A study of the Earth’s biomass finds that 80 percent of the planet is made of plants
  • Humans represent just 0.01 percent of life on Earth
  • Since humans arrived, the study says they have helped wipe out 85 percent of mammals
According to a study of the Earth’s living “biomass,” humans account for a mere 0.01 percent of the planet’s life. Mammals in general made up only a small portion of the planet when compared to plants, which accounted for over 80 percent of Earth’s biomass. Mammals were even overwhelmed by bacteria (13 percent) and fungi (two percent). The scientists, who published the results in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, looked at the carbon content of the Earth to figure out what the actual “kingdom” of life looked like across time. Despite the results, researchers say humans have radically affected the balance of the planet since arriving over 300,000 years ago. The study claims that humans have contributed to cutting the carbon weight of mammals by a staggering 85 percent and plants by nearly 50 percent in that time. “I would hope this gives people a perspective on the very dominant role that humanity now plays on Earth,” lead researcher Ron Milo of the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel said, via The Guardian. According to Milo and his team, present day mammals are mostly made up of livestock, not wild animals. “When I do a puzzle with my daughters, there is usually an elephant next to a giraffe next to a rhino,” Milo added. “But if I was trying to give them a more realistic sense of the world, it would be a cow next to a cow next to a cow and then a chicken.” The study of the Earth’s changing biomass also referenced the possibility of another mass extinction event, which fellow scientists recently warned could occur by the year 2100. “Even though short in numbers, we have managed to throw a lot of sand in the air and mess up a lot of things,” Harvard biologist EO Wilson said, via the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

TV News Roundup: ‘Humans’ Season 3 Sets AMC Premiere Date

In today’s roundup, IFC debuted the key art for the second season of “Brockmire” and AMC announced the return date for the third season of “Humans.” FIRST LOOKS Variety has obtained exclusive key art for the second season of IFC comedy series “Brockmire” which returns to the network on April 25 at 10 p.m. The […]

People Care More About Dogs Than Other Humans, Study Finds

CBS Local — A new study is making the claim that humans care more about “man’s best friend” than they do about their human friends. Researchers say that humans expressed more empathy towards dogs than other people when both were hurt or needed help. The study, published in the journal Society and Animals, examined the reactions of over 240 students when they were given fictitious news reports about injured dogs and people. The team from Northeastern University gave each person a group of stories detailing how a puppy, adult dog, 30-year-old person, and a baby were injured or attacked. According to the results, the students had the same amount of empathy when learning about the puppy and human baby; followed closely by the adult dog. The sympathy for the human adult received a noticeably lower score from the students. “Age seems to trump species, when it comes to eliciting empathy. In addition, it appears that adult humans are viewed as capable of protecting themselves while full grown dogs are just seen as larger puppies,” Northeastern professor Jack Levin said, via Science Daily. The study added that the students viewed their own pets as family members instead of animals. The study may point to why Americans are choosing to adopt more “fur babies” in recent years. According to Insurance Information Institute, nearly 70 percent of all U.S. households have a pet. That number is reportedly up from 56 percent 30 years ago. About 60 million of those households are home to man’s best friend in 2017 with cats running a distant second at 47 million households.

People Care More About Dogs Than Other Humans, Study Finds

CBS Local — A new study is making the claim that humans care more about “man’s best friend” than they do about their human friends. Researchers say that humans expressed more empathy towards dogs than other people when both were hurt or needed help. The study, published in the journal Society and Animals, examined the reactions of over 240 students when they were given fictitious news reports about injured dogs and people. The team from Northeastern University gave each person a group of stories detailing how a puppy, adult dog, 30-year-old person, and a baby were injured or attacked. According to the results, the students had the same amount of empathy when learning about the puppy and human baby; followed closely by the adult dog. The sympathy for the human adult received a noticeably lower score from the students. “Age seems to trump species, when it comes to eliciting empathy. In addition, it appears that adult humans are viewed as capable of protecting themselves while full grown dogs are just seen as larger puppies,” Northeastern professor Jack Levin said, via Science Daily. The study added that the students viewed their own pets as family members instead of animals. The study may point to why Americans are choosing to adopt more “fur babies” in recent years. According to Insurance Information Institute, nearly 70 percent of all U.S. households have a pet. That number is reportedly up from 56 percent 30 years ago. About 60 million of those households are home to man’s best friend in 2017 with cats running a distant second at 47 million households.

People Care More About Dogs Than Other Humans, Study Finds

CBS Local — A new study is making the claim that humans care more about “man’s best friend” than they do about their human friends. Researchers say that humans expressed more empathy towards dogs than other people when both were hurt or needed help. The study, published in the journal Society and Animals, examined the reactions of over 240 students when they were given fictitious news reports about injured dogs and people. The team from Northeastern University gave each person a group of stories detailing how a puppy, adult dog, 30-year-old person, and a baby were injured or attacked. According to the results, the students had the same amount of empathy when learning about the puppy and human baby; followed closely by the adult dog. The sympathy for the human adult received a noticeably lower score from the students. “Age seems to trump species, when it comes to eliciting empathy. In addition, it appears that adult humans are viewed as capable of protecting themselves while full grown dogs are just seen as larger puppies,” Northeastern professor Jack Levin said, via Science Daily. The study added that the students viewed their own pets as family members instead of animals. The study may point to why Americans are choosing to adopt more “fur babies” in recent years. According to Insurance Information Institute, nearly 70 percent of all U.S. households have a pet. That number is reportedly up from 56 percent 30 years ago. About 60 million of those households are home to man’s best friend in 2017 with cats running a distant second at 47 million households.

People Care More About Dogs Than Other Humans, Study Finds

CBS Local — A new study is making the claim that humans care more about “man’s best friend” than they do about their human friends. Researchers say that humans expressed more empathy towards dogs than other people when both were hurt or needed help. The study, published in the journal Society and Animals, examined the reactions of over 240 students when they were given fictitious news reports about injured dogs and people. The team from Northeastern University gave each person a group of stories detailing how a puppy, adult dog, 30-year-old person, and a baby were injured or attacked. According to the results, the students had the same amount of empathy when learning about the puppy and human baby; followed closely by the adult dog. The sympathy for the human adult received a noticeably lower score from the students. “Age seems to trump species, when it comes to eliciting empathy. In addition, it appears that adult humans are viewed as capable of protecting themselves while full grown dogs are just seen as larger puppies,” Northeastern professor Jack Levin said, via Science Daily. The study added that the students viewed their own pets as family members instead of animals. The study may point to why Americans are choosing to adopt more “fur babies” in recent years. According to Insurance Information Institute, nearly 70 percent of all U.S. households have a pet. That number is reportedly up from 56 percent 30 years ago. About 60 million of those households are home to man’s best friend in 2017 with cats running a distant second at 47 million households.

International Newswire: ‘Game of Thrones’ Draws Overseas Plaudits, Huge Ratings

In today’s International Newswire, “Game of Thrones” conquers the hearts of audiences and critics alike in international territories; the BBC tunes into a new singing contest format; and the Swedish company behind sci-fi drama “Humans” is taken over. As “Game of Thrones’” Season 7 climaxed to extraordinary audience figures in the U.K., punching 3 million... Read more »

Police escort to take place Thursday morning for Lea County Sheriff

Police escort to take place Thursday morning for Lea County Sheriff

LEA COUNTY, N.M. (KRQE) – In just hours, law enforcement is expected to escort the body of Lea County Sheriff Steve Ackerman from Albuquerque back to Lovington.

This as investigators look into the cause of the crash that killed him on a New Mexico highway.

Multiple agencies from across the state including Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office, the Albuquerque Police Department and New Mexico State…

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