Is Earth in the early stages of a sixth multi-million-year extinction event?

On January 1, 2023, a leading biologist tells Scott Pelley (60-minutes) that humans would need “five more Earths” to maintain our current way of life, and suggests that the Earth is in the initial stages of the sixth multi-million-year extinction cycle.

Most informed observers will agree that our planet is in trouble. However, on a scale of thousands of years to decades, the Earth’s climate is driven by variations in energy emitted from the Sun, and the evidence suggests that our planet is experiencing stresses associated with peaking solar output (see energy output model below).

The model above was commissioned and published in the late 1990s by Armstrong Economics and shows the projected ebb and flow of energy radiated by the Sun over the last five thousand years. The model was constructed from GISP2 Ice-Core data and subsequently verified with tree-ring records. The context was then added by annotating the energy flows with approximations for the Rise and Fall of Empires, Nations, and City States. 

In a nutshell, energy output correlates with temperatures which correlate with food production which correlates with population. In other words, the energy output is both the problem and the solution. This begs the question, “what mechanism regulates energy output?” 


The chart above shows a simulation of the Rhythms of the Sun hypothesis overlayed on Armstrong’s energy output chart. 

The wave patterns appear to be in near-perfect harmony with the projected energy output.


Research inspired by scientific findings from the Ulysses mission (a five-year mission to study the never-before-examined north and south poles of the Sun) suggests that solar output may be regulated by the pattern, or rhythms, of extremely low-frequency wave structures, emanating from the Sun. 

They proved that sounds generated deep inside the Sun cause the Earth to shake and vibrate in sympathy and that Earth’s magnetic field, atmosphere, and terrestrial systems, all take part in this cosmic sing-along.

They show that distinct, isolated tones, predicted to be generated by pressure and gravity waves in the Sun, are present in a wide variety of terrestrial systems–even in seismic data here on Earth.

They have also found that Earth’s magnetic field and atmosphere, and even voltages induced on ocean cables, are all taking part in this cosmic sing-along.