Are Humans Going Extinct?

Some scientists ...fear that climate disruption is so serious,
with so many self-reinforcing feedback loops already in play,
that humans are in the process of causing our own extinction.

skullI’m about to start reading The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert. I have always been of the opinion that climate change is real and deadly. Whenever I hear conservatives argue against the truth, the most acceptable tactic being to not deny that climate change (or global warming) is happening but just that it is a natural progression on the planet and the major corporate polluters are totally innocent.

This is an interesting argument: it effectively allows for the complete destruction of the planet and the total annihilation of the human species just as long as the captains of industry can continue to pollute and destroy the planet. Okay, I give up, climate change is not caused by corporate greed and the conservatives will be totally innocent of the extinction of the human species. And I hope no one will be surprised when they discover that dead is dead and no one is coming to resurrect them.

We all get only one chance and as a species, we are blowing it.

There is an interesting and eye-opening piece by Dahr Jamail in Truthout titled Are Humans Going Extinct? Here are some of the highlighted clips from the interview with Guy McPherson, a professor emeritus of natural resources, and ecology and evolutionary biology, with the University of Arizona, who has been studying anthropogenic climate disruption for nearly 30 years.

“Across two decades and thousands of pages of reports, the world’s most authoritative voice on climate science has consistently understated the rate and intensity of climate change and the danger those impacts represent.”

Near-term human extinction could eventually result from losing the Arctic sea ice, which is one of the 40 self-reinforcing feedback loops of ACD.

skullIn the near term, earth’s climate will change 10 times faster than during any other moment in the last 65 million years.

Our current extinction event is already greatly exceeding the speed, and might eventually even exceed the intensity, of the Permian mass extinction event.

“It’s hard for me to imagine we make it into the 2030s as a species.”

“It’s difficult for me to imagine a situation in which plants, even land plants survive, because they can’t get up and move.”

“I think our social responsibility is to live here, now, and contribute to joyous lives for those around us. It’s as if we’re in a hospice situation.”

“We have a corporate media, and we have a corporate government, and what Mussolini defined as fascism.”

That sounds awfully unpleasant and to think that the greedy conservatives would even risk such a future in order to make a bigger profit is totally insane. Are jobs more important than the extinction of the  species?


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