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11th Nov '17 8:32:26 PM Xtifr
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* Mack Reynolds' novel ''Dawnman Planet''. A race of aliens has the power to instantly convert the oxygen-nitrogen atmosphere of a planet to methane-hydrogen-ammonia, killing all of the inhabitants.

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* Mack Reynolds' Creator/MackReynolds' novel ''Dawnman Planet''. A race of aliens has the power to instantly convert the oxygen-nitrogen atmosphere of a planet to methane-hydrogen-ammonia, killing all of the inhabitants.
10th Sep '17 11:19:46 PM DarkHunter
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10th Sep '17 11:19:30 PM DarkHunter
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-->'''Ax''': If the Yeerks wished to kill a lot of humans they could simply use their [[WaveMotionGun Dracon beams]] from orbit to ignite the atmosphere and incinerate all life on the planet.
-->'''Marco''': Well. There's a happy thought.

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-->'''Ax''': Nonsense. If the Yeerks wished to kill a lot of humans they could simply use their [[WaveMotionGun Dracon beams]] from orbit to ignite the atmosphere and incinerate all life on the planet.
-->'''Marco''':
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'''Marco''':
Well. There's a happy thought.
20th Jun '17 6:46:31 AM DarkHunter
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* ''LightNovel/CrestOfTheStars'': Though we don't see it happen, the Abh casually mention stripping a planet of its atmosphere as one method they've used for dealing with rebellions.
21st Mar '17 11:15:28 PM AthenaBlue
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* ''Film/SkyCaptainAndTheWorldOfTomorrow''. If Dr. Totenkopf's space ship reaches 100 kilometers above ground and its booster engines ignite, the Earth's atmosphere will be destroyed. Of course, [[YouFailPhysicsForever atmosphere doesn't work this way]]: this is a ShoutOut to how PulpMagazine ScienceFiction the movie is homage to often introduced the most ridiculous plot devices imaginable.
* ''Film/{{Spaceballs}}''. Planet Spaceball is out to steal planet Druidia's atmosphere with a giant vacuum cleaner powered by a HumongousMecha shaped like a maid.
* ''Franchise/TheMatrix'', specifically the Dark Storm Effect blotting out all sunlight in the real world. Although we don't know whether it was the humans or machines who struck first (it was [[Anime/TheAnimatrix us]]), it was the humans who scorched the sky.

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* ''Film/SkyCaptainAndTheWorldOfTomorrow''. If Dr. Totenkopf's space ship reaches 100 kilometers above ground and its booster engines ignite, In ''Film/BattlefieldEarth'', the Earth's atmosphere will be destroyed. Of course, [[YouFailPhysicsForever atmosphere doesn't work this way]]: this is a ShoutOut [[HumanAlien Psychlo]] breathe-gas reacts explosively when exposed to how PulpMagazine ScienceFiction high levels of ionizing radiation (like the movie is homage to often introduced kind created by nuclear explosions). So, naturally, when the most ridiculous plot devices imaginable.
* ''Film/{{Spaceballs}}''. Planet Spaceball is out to steal planet Druidia's atmosphere with a giant vacuum cleaner powered by a HumongousMecha shaped like a maid.
* ''Franchise/TheMatrix'', specifically the Dark Storm Effect blotting out all sunlight in the real world. Although we don't know whether it was the
man-animals... sorry, humans or machines who struck first (it was [[Anime/TheAnimatrix us]]), it was decide to throw off the humans who scorched Psychlo yoke, they teleport a nuke to the sky.Psychlo homeworld. Cue the all-consuming fireball, which also, for some reason, blows up the whole planet.



* ''Franchise/TheMatrix'', specifically the Dark Storm Effect blotting out all sunlight in the real world. Although we don't know whether it was the humans or machines who struck first (it was [[Anime/TheAnimatrix us]]), it was the humans who scorched the sky.



* In ''Film/BattlefieldEarth'', the [[HumanAlien Psychlo]] breathe-gas reacts explosively when exposed to high levels of ionizing radiation (like the kind created by nuclear explosions). So, naturally, when the man-animals... sorry, humans decide to throw off the Psychlo yoke, they teleport a nuke to the Psychlo homeworld. Cue the all-consuming fireball, which also, for some reason, blows up the whole planet.

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* In ''Film/BattlefieldEarth'', ''Film/SkyCaptainAndTheWorldOfTomorrow''. If Dr. Totenkopf's space ship reaches 100 kilometers above ground and its booster engines ignite, the [[HumanAlien Psychlo]] breathe-gas reacts explosively when exposed Earth's atmosphere will be destroyed. Of course, [[YouFailPhysicsForever atmosphere doesn't work this way]]: this is a ShoutOut to high levels of ionizing radiation (like how PulpMagazine ScienceFiction the kind created by nuclear explosions). So, naturally, when movie is homage to often introduced the man-animals... sorry, humans decide most ridiculous plot devices imaginable.
* ''Film/{{Spaceballs}}''. Planet Spaceball is out
to throw off the Psychlo yoke, they teleport steal planet Druidia's atmosphere with a nuke to the Psychlo homeworld. Cue the all-consuming fireball, which also, for some reason, blows up the whole planet.giant vacuum cleaner powered by a HumongousMecha shaped like a maid.



* Mack Reynolds' novel ''Dawnman Planet''. A race of aliens has the power to instantly convert the oxygen-nitrogen atmosphere of a planet to methane-hydrogen-ammonia, killing all of the inhabitants.



* Mack Reynolds' novel ''Dawnman Planet''. A race of aliens has the power to instantly convert the oxygen-nitrogen atmosphere of a planet to methane-hydrogen-ammonia, killing all of the inhabitants.



* ''Series/DoctorWho'': In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E4TheSontaranStratagem "The Sontaran Stratagem"]]/[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E5ThePoisonSky "The Poison Sky"]], the ATMOS devices, which were fitted to a car's exhaust pipe in order to remove pollutants, turned out to have another, hidden, purpose: releasing a gas to convert the Earth's atmosphere into something ideal for growing more Sontarans.
* ''Series/QuatermassII'' had a chemical plant run by humans under alien control, which was manufacturing gases in which the aliens could live. They were horribly corrosive to human flesh, and IIRC the plan was ultimately for the aliens to manufacture enough to replace the Earth's atmosphere.



* ''Series/QuatermassII'' had a chemical plant run by humans under alien control, which was manufacturing gases in which the aliens could live. They were horribly corrosive to human flesh, and IIRC the plan was ultimately for the aliens to manufacture enough to replace the Earth's atmosphere.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': The two-parter "The Sontaran Stratagem/The Poison Sky," in which devices fitted to engine exhausts turned out to be atmospheric converters. The gas they give off is deadly to humans and manna to Sontaran young.



* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' adventure [=OA7=] ''[[http://www.wizards.com/dnd/files/tsr9258.zip Test of the Samurai]]''. An evil magician named Za-Jikku is trying to change the planet's atmosphere. He kills people and turns them into evil butterflies, which breathe in normal air (t'ien ch'i) and change it to a deadly gas (yun ch'i). If he succeeds, he'll be able to breathe the yun ch'i and live forever, but every other living creature will die.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Traveller}}'' Adventure 4 ''Leviathan''. In the backstory, a series of nuclear explosions caused the planet Ganulf to lose its atmosphere, killing all of the inhabitants.



* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' adventure [=OA7=] ''[[http://www.wizards.com/dnd/files/tsr9258.zip Test of the Samurai]]''. An evil magician named Za-Jikku is trying to change the planet's atmosphere. He kills people and turns them into evil butterflies, which breathe in normal air (t'ien ch'i) and change it to a deadly gas (yun ch'i). If he succeeds, he'll be able to breathe the yun ch'i and live forever but every other living creature will die.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Traveller}}'' Adventure 4 ''Leviathan''. In the backstory, a series of nuclear explosions caused the planet Ganulf to lose its atmosphere, killing all of the inhabitants.



* ''VideoGame/TrafficDepartment2192''. The rebellion kills TheEmperor's daughter, so the Emperor floods the atmosphere with flammable gases and takes a match to the planet.

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* ''VideoGame/TrafficDepartment2192''. The rebellion kills TheEmperor's daughter, so strategy of the Emperor floods Scrin in the atmosphere with flammable gases and takes a match to ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberianSeries'' of games might be better described as Biosphere Abuse, but aims for the planet.same effect - making the planet inhospitable to everything, so there's no resistance once their fleet shows up.



* ''VideoGame/{{Homeworld}}'' and ''Homeworld 2'' have the Low-Orbit Atmosphere Deprivation Weapon, and using one is the fastest way to get put down for the sake of all living things.
* It rains acid in ''VideoGame/{{Iji}}''. The protagonist is protected, but trails clouds of smoke. The question of whether the Earth's atmosphere is irreparably damaged brought up a few times.
* The terraforming tools in ''{{VideoGame/Spore}}'' can also be used to damage a planet's ecosystem, which can destroy buildings in colonies on that planet. [[spoiler: This tactic is particularly effective against the Grox, whose colonies self-destruct when a planet becomes habitable.]]



* ''VideoGame/{{Homeworld}}'' and ''Homeworld 2'' have the Low-Orbit Atmosphere Deprivation Weapon, and using one is the fastest way to get put down for the sake of all living things.
* It rains acid in ''VideoGame/{{Iji}}''. The protagonist is protected, but trails clouds of smoke. The question of whether the Earth's atmosphere is irreparably damaged brought up a few times.
* The strategy of the Scrin in the ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberianSeries'' of games might be better described as Biosphere Abuse, but aims for the same effect - making the planet inhospitable to everything, so there's no resistance once their fleet shows up.
* The terraforming tools in ''{{VideoGame/Spore}}'' can also be used to damage a planet's ecosystem, which can destroy buildings in colonies on that planet. [[spoiler: This tactic is particularly effective against the Grox, whose colonies self-destruct when a planet becomes habitable.]]

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* ''VideoGame/{{Homeworld}}'' and ''Homeworld 2'' have ''VideoGame/TrafficDepartment2192''. The rebellion kills TheEmperor's daughter, so the Low-Orbit Atmosphere Deprivation Weapon, and using one is Emperor floods the fastest way to get put down for the sake of all living things.
* It rains acid in ''VideoGame/{{Iji}}''. The protagonist is protected, but trails clouds of smoke. The question of whether the Earth's
atmosphere is irreparably damaged brought up with flammable gases and takes a few times.
* The strategy of
match to the Scrin in the ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberianSeries'' of games might be better described as Biosphere Abuse, but aims for the same effect - making the planet inhospitable to everything, so there's no resistance once their fleet shows up.
* The terraforming tools in ''{{VideoGame/Spore}}'' can also be used to damage a planet's ecosystem, which can destroy buildings in colonies on that planet. [[spoiler: This tactic is particularly effective against the Grox, whose colonies self-destruct when a planet becomes habitable.]]
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5th Feb '17 4:20:26 PM ScorpiusOB1
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* To end with Solar System examples, early Mars had an atmosphere dense enough to support [[BlueMars liquid water]] on its surface and perhaps even life. However because of Mars' low gravity said atmosphere was blown away by the solar wind, with surface water disappearing and with it the life that could have existed -on its surface, that is.-

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* To end with Solar System examples, early Mars had an atmosphere dense enough to support [[BlueMars [[OnceGreenMars liquid water]] on its surface and perhaps even life. However because of Mars' small size (read: both low gravity and a magnetic field that has mostly gone away) said atmosphere was blown away by the solar wind, with surface water disappearing and with it the life that could have existed -on its surface, that is.-
5th Feb '17 4:12:34 PM ScorpiusOB1
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* To end with Solar System examples, early Mars had an atmosphere dense enough to support [[BlueMars liquid water]] on its surface and perhaps even life. However because of Mars' low gravity said atmosphere was blown away by the solar wind, with surface water disappearing and with it the life that could have existed -on its surface, that is.-
5th Feb '17 3:55:47 PM ScorpiusOB1
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* Current (2015) theories in planetary science indicates that Venus started out with a similar amount of water and carbon dioxide as the Earth. On our world, the carbon dioxide [[SealedEvilInACan was eventually trapped in carbonate minerals]], allowing the planet to cool and conditions to become suitable for liquid water and life. However, the higher temperatures on Venus caused by its proximity to the sun meant its oceans soon evaporated, causing a super greenhouse effect with temperatures in ''[[UpToEleven the low thousands]]'' of degrees Fahrenheit and an atmospheric pressure that could have been in the hundreds of bars. The Sun's ultraviolet light caused the water vapor to break up into hydrogen and oxygen which dissipated out in to space, and Venus was left with its current 90-bar load of CO[[subscript:2]] and its temperature of more than eight hundreds of degrees Fahrenheit. Before, that is, its atmosphere being stripped away when the Sun goes red giant.

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* Current (2015) theories in planetary science indicates that Venus started out with a similar amount of water and carbon dioxide as the Earth. On our world, the carbon dioxide [[SealedEvilInACan was eventually trapped in carbonate minerals]], allowing the planet to cool and conditions to become suitable for liquid water and life. However, the higher temperatures on Venus caused by its proximity to the sun meant its oceans soon evaporated, causing a super greenhouse effect with temperatures in ''[[UpToEleven the low thousands]]'' of degrees Fahrenheit and an atmospheric pressure that could have been in the hundreds of bars. The Sun's ultraviolet light caused the water vapor to break up into hydrogen and oxygen which dissipated out in to space, and Venus was left with its current 90-bar load of CO[[subscript:2]] and its temperature of more than eight hundreds of degrees Fahrenheit. Before, that is, gets its atmosphere being stripped away when the Sun goes red giant.
5th Feb '17 3:54:25 PM ScorpiusOB1
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* Current (2015) theories in planetary science indicates that Venus started out with a similar amount of water and carbon dioxide as the Earth. On our world, the carbon dioxide [[SealedEvilInACan was eventually trapped in carbonate minerals]], allowing the planet to cool and conditions to become suitable for liquid water and life. However, the higher temperatures on Venus caused by its proximity to the sun meant its oceans soon evaporated, causing a super greenhouse effect with temperatures in ''[[UpToEleven the low thousands]]'' of degrees Fahrenheit and an atmospheric pressure that could have been in the hundreds of bars. The Sun's ultraviolet light caused the water vapor to break up into hydrogen and oxygen which dissipated out in to space, and Venus was left with its current 90-bar load of CO[[subscript:2]] and its temperature of more than eight hundreds of degrees Fahrenheit.

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* Current (2015) theories in planetary science indicates that Venus started out with a similar amount of water and carbon dioxide as the Earth. On our world, the carbon dioxide [[SealedEvilInACan was eventually trapped in carbonate minerals]], allowing the planet to cool and conditions to become suitable for liquid water and life. However, the higher temperatures on Venus caused by its proximity to the sun meant its oceans soon evaporated, causing a super greenhouse effect with temperatures in ''[[UpToEleven the low thousands]]'' of degrees Fahrenheit and an atmospheric pressure that could have been in the hundreds of bars. The Sun's ultraviolet light caused the water vapor to break up into hydrogen and oxygen which dissipated out in to space, and Venus was left with its current 90-bar load of CO[[subscript:2]] and its temperature of more than eight hundreds of degrees Fahrenheit. Before, that is, its atmosphere being stripped away when the Sun goes red giant.
** Earth will become in the far future as the Sun's luminosity increases either a Venus as is now-like world, a hellish version of Venus as described above, or most likely a bone-dry hot desert world with very little water and oxygen -before the red giant Sun strips its atmosphere too-.
* Jupiter-like planets orbiting very close to their stars, assuming they do not spiral into their suns, may have their thick atmospheres blown away leaving just their bare cores. Such planets are known as [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chthonian_planet Chthonian planets]].
26th Jan '17 4:05:47 PM ScorpiusOB1
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* Current (2015) theories in planetary science indicates that Venus started out with a similar amount of water and carbon dioxide as the Earth. On our world, the carbon dioxide [[SealedEvilInACan was eventually trapped in carbonate minerals]], allowing the planet to cool and conditions to become suitable for liquid water and life. However, the higher temperatures on Venus caused by its proximity to the sun meant its oceans soon evaporated, causing a super greenhouse effect with temperatures in ''[[UpToEleven the low thousands]]'' of degrees Fahrenheit. The Sun's ultraviolet light caused the water vapor to break up into hydrogen and oxygen which dissipated out in to space, and Venus was left with its current 90-bar load of CO[[subscript:2]].

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* Current (2015) theories in planetary science indicates that Venus started out with a similar amount of water and carbon dioxide as the Earth. On our world, the carbon dioxide [[SealedEvilInACan was eventually trapped in carbonate minerals]], allowing the planet to cool and conditions to become suitable for liquid water and life. However, the higher temperatures on Venus caused by its proximity to the sun meant its oceans soon evaporated, causing a super greenhouse effect with temperatures in ''[[UpToEleven the low thousands]]'' of degrees Fahrenheit. Fahrenheit and an atmospheric pressure that could have been in the hundreds of bars. The Sun's ultraviolet light caused the water vapor to break up into hydrogen and oxygen which dissipated out in to space, and Venus was left with its current 90-bar load of CO[[subscript:2]].CO[[subscript:2]] and its temperature of more than eight hundreds of degrees Fahrenheit.
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