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IMHO prohibition sentiment requires inherent addiction to status quo, an incapacity to visualise beyond the here and now and a desperate desire to know others might feel the same... Reform is not revolutionary, rather it is evolutionary. Having survived banging your head against a brick wall the evolutionist relishes having stopped. / Blair

Monday, November 22, 2004

Human extinction within 100 years warns scientist

Human extinction within 100 years warns scientist


A top New Zealand researcher is using a prestigious award ceremony in Christchurch to warn that humans face extinction by the end of the century.

Professor Peter Barrett will be presented with the Marsden Medal tonight for his 40-year contribution to Antarctic research, latterly focusing on climate change.

The director of Victoria University's Antarctic Research Centre expects to use his acceptance speech to warn climate change was a major threat to the planet.

"After 40 years, I'm part of a huge community of scientists who have become alarmed with our discovery, that we know from our knowledge of the ancient past, that if we continue our present growth path, we are facing extinction," Barrett said. "Not in millions of years, or even millennia, but by the end of this century."

Barrett won the award – designed to mark lifetime achievement in the sciences – for his research into Antarctica, which began with helping prove New Zealand was once part of the Gondwanaland supercontinent.

He then changed disciplines, to predicting the impact of climate change. The result was a body of research on Antarctic ice sheets "which to our surprise is becoming increasingly relevant to the world as a consequence of global warming".

Barrett's warning underlines comments he made last year that even the Kyoto Protocol on global warming would not be enough to avert a climate disaster. The United States and Australia have refused to adopt Kyoto protocol measures.

"Research on the past Antarctic climate has an ominous warning for the future ..." he said.

"We need an international commitment to an effective solution, if we are to survive the worst consequences of this grandest of all human experiments.",1478,3099128a10,00.html

--  sig. Blair Anderson Christchurch, NZ. cell phone 025 2657219    ph (643) 389 4065  "The scandal lies in the fact that $100 billion of enforcement money had to be spent before the drug czar's office decided that it was time to develop an agenda for assessing the effectiveness of toughness."  Peter Reuter
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  • At 5:53 pm, May 18, 2005, Blogger Paul said…

    Thanks for passing this on Blair. I've been using the term "extinctionistic" in reference to our species for some time, but it hasn't had much of an impact. Maybe if enough scientists start saying the same thing at the same time, people will wake up. But...I have another theory...

    By the time humans realize it is too late to save the planet, it will have been too late for some time. Such is the nature of our awareness regarding where we are in the extinctionistic paradigm we're creating.

    There are (at least) three major time-lags which make this certain:

    1. It takes time for humans to become aware of the impacts of our destructive activities.

    2. It takes time to stop whatever activity has been recognized as being environmentally unacceptable. Generally, this is the biggest time-lag, because of the economic influence associated with polluting/destructive behavior.

    (I've always said that if you can think of a new way to pollute the environment, it will likely make you rich.)

    3. It takes time to determine and implement remedies to heal the damage we've inflicted.

    4. It takes time for the effects of the remedies to take effect.

    In addition, the synergistic relationship between integrated systems is hardly appreciated or respected by human society. This means that if our species damages any one component of the ecosystem sufficiently, it could upset the balance of related systems enough to initiate synergistic collapse.

    Human economics and social evolution are tied in with the Natural Order too, which means that if we continue to create imbalances in these areas, the exaggeration of disparities will predictably and unpredictably influence each other to critical degrees of degenerative inertia.

    Sustainability is not optional. In the "court" of the Natural Order, there is only one penalty.



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