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slot555 joker:Postcards from the 6th Mass Extinction

Podcast Series
So far there have been five notable mass extinctions on Earth. A growing number of scientists argue that we’re now in the midst of a sixth. Postcards from the 6th Mass Extinction is a podcast hosted by John P. Rafferty that attempts to personalize extinction, emphasizing the survival challenges that familiar forms of life currently face, while at the same time considering the pivotal roles they play in their own ecosystems.
John P. Rafferty
Hosted By
John P. Rafferty
John P. Rafferty writes about Earth processes and the environment. He serves currently as the editor of Earth and life sciences, covering climatology, geology, zoology, and other topics that relate to the natural world. Prior to joining Encyclopaedia Britannica in 2006, he held teaching positions at Lewis University, Roosevelt University, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Episodes

Episode 1
“Losing the Vaquita in the Northern Gulf of California: What Would It Mean?”
John Rafferty of Encyclop?dia Britannica discusses the challenges of protecting the world's smallest porpoise, the vaquita, from extinction. This is the first part of the Postcards from the 6th Mass Extinction audio series.
Episode 2
“The Incredible Shrinking World of the Polar Bear”
John Rafferty of Encyclop?dia Britannica discusses the polar bear, a mammal that is among the world's largest carnivores on land, and the threats to its survival. This is the second part of the Postcards from the 6th Mass Extinction audio series.
Episode 3
“Bluefin Tunas and the Problem of Overfishing”
John Rafferty of Encyclop?dia Britannica discusses the Atlantic and Pacific bluefin, two species of tunas that are threatened by overfishing. This is the third part of the Postcards from the 6th Mass Extinction audio series.
Episode 4
“The Precarious State of the Monarch Butterfly”
John Rafferty of Encyclop?dia Britannica discusses two species of monarch butterflies in North America that have declined as a result of habitat loss and the effects of pollution. This is the fourth part of the Postcards from the 6th Mass Extinction audio series.
Episode 5
“The Orangutan Conservation Conundrum”
John Rafferty of Encyclop?dia Britannica discusses the challenges that oil palm cultivation poses to orangutans. This is the fifth part of the Postcards from the 6th Mass Extinction audio series.
Episode 6
“Understanding Functional Extinction”
John Rafferty of Encyclop?dia Britannica and Dr. Andrew Solow of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution discuss the concept of functional extinction. This is the sixth part of the Postcards from the 6th Mass Extinction audio series.
Episode 7
“The Demise of the Northern White Rhinoceros”
John Rafferty of Encyclop?dia Britannica and Dr. Barbara Durrant of San Diego Zoo Global discuss the precarious status of the northern white rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum cottoni) and some of the medical techniques that could be used in its recovery. This is the seventh part of the Postcards from the 6th Mass Extinction audio series.
Episode 8
“Amphibian Apocalypse”
John Rafferty of Encyclop?dia Britannica and Dr. Karen Lips of the University of Maryland discuss the chytrid fungus called Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd) and how it has decimated amphibians worldwide. This is the eighth part of the Postcards from the 6th Mass Extinction audio series.
Episode 9
“Coronavirus Origins and Conservation”
John Rafferty of Encyclop?dia Britannica and Dr. Jonna Mazet of the University of California, Davis, discuss the origins of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 and the processes by which emergent viruses spill over from one species to another. This is the ninth part of the Postcards from the 6th Mass Extinction audio series.
Episode 10
“The Dark Side of the Plastic Age”
John Rafferty of Encyclop?dia Britannica, Dr. Chelsea Rochman of the University of Toronto, and author Dr. Rebecca Altman examine the chemistry of plastic and plastic pollution and the social history of plastic use. This is the tenth part of the Postcards from the 6th Mass Extinction audio series.

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