Humans will be extinct in 100 years says eminent scientist

By Sean Adl-Tabatabai | 19 June 2015
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Humans will be extinct in 100 years because the planet will be uninhabitable, said the late Australian microbiologist Frank Fenner, one of the leaders in the effort to eradicate smallpox during the 1970s. He blamed overcrowding, denuded resources and climate change.

One of the world’s leading scientists, Professor Frank Fenner, has made a grim prediction: He says that humans will be completely WIPED OUT in 100 years, as overpopulation and environmental destruction will cause humans to become extinct in a matter of years.

Fenner is an eminent microbiologist at the Australian National University blames “unbridled consumption” and the “population explosion” as the key reasons why the human race will not survive to see 2100 and beyond.

Phys.org reports:

Fenner told The Australian he tries not to express his pessimism because people are trying to do something, but keep putting it off. He said he believes the situation is irreversible, and it is too late because the effects we have had on Earth since industrialization (a period now known to scientists unofficially as the Anthropocene) rivals any effects of ice ages or comet impacts.

Fenner said that is only at its beginning, but is likely to be the cause of our extinction. “We’ll undergo the same fate as the people on Easter Island,” he said. More people means fewer resources, and Fenner predicts “there will be a lot more wars over food.”

Easter Island is famous for its massive stone statues. Polynesian people settled there, in what was then a pristine tropical island, around the middle of the first millennium AD. The population grew slowly at first and then exploded. As the population grew the forests were wiped out and all the tree animals became extinct, both with devastating consequences. After about 1600 the civilization began to collapse, and had virtually disappeared by the mid-19th century. Evolutionary biologist Jared Diamond said the parallels between what happened on Easter Island and what is occurring today on the planet as a whole are “chillingly obvious.”

While many scientists are also pessimistic, others are more optimistic. Among the latter is a colleague of Professor Fenner, retired professor Stephen Boyden, who said he still hopes awareness of the problems will rise and the required revolutionary changes will be made to achieve ecological sustainability. “While there’s a glimmer of hope, it’s worth working to solve the problem. We have the scientific knowledge to do it but we don’t have the political will,” Boyden said.

Fenner, 95, is the author or co-author of 22 books and 290 scientific papers and book chapters. His announcement in 1980 to the World Health Assembly that smallpox had been eradicated is still seen as one of the World Health Organisation’s greatest achievements. He has also been heavily involved in controlling Australia’s feral rabbit population with the myxomatosis virus.

Professor Fenner has had a lifetime interest in the environment, and from 1973 to 1979 was Director of the Centre for Resource and Environmental Studies at ANU. He is currently a visiting fellow at the John Curtin School of Medical Research at the university, and is a patron of Sustainable Population Australia. He has won numerous awards including the ANZAC Peace Prize, the WHO Medal, and the Albert Einstein World Award of Science. He was awarded an MBE for his work on control of malaria in New Guinea during the Second World War, in which Fenner served in the Royal Australian Army Medical Corps.

Tribute to Frank Fenner

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Al Bartlett – Democracy Cannot Survive Overpopulation

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183 COMMENTS

  1. Here in the ''New Babyllon'' the Ignorance its so high that are so difficult to say what will be next , probable this Mass-Media is the first class the worst to inform the People about the Truth , so probable will be soon exterminated on one way or another .

  2. his is quite an old story from 2010 being repeated. He died in 2010.

    Frank Fenner Dies at 95; Tracked End of Smallpox http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/26/world/26fenner….

    For another view on it, see "peak child" – the world reached the maximum number of children around 2000, and the number is no longer increasing. Population is now growing because people are living longer. So this idea that we are doomed to exponential population growth has turned out not to be true. If we can keep on track with this, then we can stabilize at around 10 billion people. Which the Earth can support if we pull together.

    Viewpoint: Five ways the world is doing better than you think – BBC News http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-24835822

  3. Sorry about spelling n grammor issues…anyways

    It wont be till the “presafist” ? That humans will stop and try and fix things. I dont think overpopulation is real, it comes down to is Greed , and lack of eduaction. If you put every human in one place on earth and gave them say 390 sq ft they would take how much room. That said we know about the “Desartfacation”? from TedTalks and how to fix that, and the plastic killing the plankton, and how to fix that, and water from revirse “ozmosus” ? And how to do that, and if we built Large scale Iconic Breese type building that will help with tge air, if humans gave in and started to Eat the dead humans, theres your food, and if vegans stoped killing the things that made the air. That help with that, and investing in say 1 trillion to build an ark type ship to be sent to the next earth2 would be a good back up plan. But there are so many factors that maybe that wont even do the trick. Ha looks like you al got F-ed. But all you can do it try, anything, something, NOW nope still here whats wrong with you? If your still reading this then your not trying, hay i have been warning you humans for a long time, but you just wont do anything. And you wounder why your alone. It dont matter what i sujest try it or not, but try something. Hay, its your race.

  4. And then theres also the counter issue i have with this, humans are so aragant to think that they have the ability to kill off the whole earth, even thou its been spinning long befor them, and it will continue to spin after they are gone. Who said it ‘ if theres one thing evolution has tought us its that Life will find a way”. JP lol

  5. This is religious bullcrap. When did you religious folk start believing scientists? Oh yeah, when it fits into your agenda of fear mongering then you believe.

  6. Scientists say it’s the end of the world. Bible says it’s coming. Hmm..so both parties are together on one thing?? Hahaha!
    I hope it happens! Then all the whining mofos on here will be gone! People…what a bunch of vile, whining b@st@rds.

    • Don’t kid yourself the records that the rocks reveal about extinctions are fairly accurate as exposition of past extinctions. These are marked by rise in green house gases in the atmosphere, the annihilation of plants and animal life as the poles receede. The Oceans are also effected once the climate changes more ice melts and sea level rise so coastline with high populations are threatened. The Permian Triassic is the worst extinction on on record. The Anthropocene the current era that we live in, has too much climate fluctuations, that is not taken seriously, particularly when the last Great Ice Age in the Pleistocene only 2 Millions years ago covered most of Europe and America under Ice. We cannot joke about serious issues like this, particularly when replacement energy source must the the number one priority on the planet. The Permian and Triassic extinction was marked by the Siberian Traps huge outpouring of lava over millions of years that choked the planet in poison gas. The same is the fate of Earth with uncontrollable release of green house gases. The double side of the extinction card is that global warming and global cooling will bring about irreversible changes on Planet Earth. Amen! The rocks and Science do not lie.

  7. This planet has become so poisonous that there is little that we can do to reverse that. And for those of you saying that mankind can not die soon enough, to save it, are missing the bigger picture. If humans are gone it will not save the animals or the planet; so we have already doomed it for 10's of thousands of years. All life will be radioactive/dead/mutated DEAD! There will be no one left to manage all the nuke plants on earth, and when they all melt down so does the earth. Whether it will ever be reborn is so far into the future that it no longer a topic or reasonable discussion.

  8. Well if mega-earthquakes and tsunamis wipe out most of the coastal populations and infrastructure in the next ten years, our species may steer climate change enough through carbon-negative living to remain viable struggling (think modern stone age). If not, we may see a.i. rule the planet uninhabitable to humans by 2100.

    • The discussion here is reality not fantasy, apart from thinking Mars will be our saviour. If Humans disappeared from the face of the planet then it would be great news for the rest of life here. Humans are nothing but an arrogant, greedy virus infecting the Earth and would be just the same, infecting any other planet we settled on.

    • The bible is less useful than a 1950s set of Encyclopedia Brittanica. Everything in the bible is little more than rambling mythology about a psychopathic entity that’s every bit as pointless as tits on a bull.

    • Yeah, tell us again how religion is the answer… holy wars, bigotry, hate, kiddie-fiddlers, psychopathic gods, pitiful gods that desperately need to be worshipped… religion is pure delusion.

      Aris, you can't even quote accurately from your own stupid mythology:

      Isaiah 13:12 I will make a man more precious than fine gold; even a man than the golden wedge of Ophir.

      I think you probably want the doomster crap in the verse before it.

      You think that because some ignorant goat-herder with delusions of grandeur babbled about some spooky garbage scaring his fellows more than a couple of thousand years ago, it means anything? There were lots of ignorant people back then saying equally silly stuff, and many more since then, all of which you ignore, as you should. There are thousands of religions. Thankfully they are all dying out, and the world is becoming a more peaceful and more moral place as a result.

  9. As far as food is concerned, we are going to have in plenty, as ' Next-generation cultivation of plants under artificial environment using LED grow technology' comes into play. The food situation will gradually change by 2030 and by 2050 all over the world this technology will be in use. All fears of global warming will be overcome by this new LED grow technology. Wars , yes they are predictable and use of Nuclear weapons in all probability in South Asia or by terrorists in the region. But I do not see any threat to entire human population or any civilization. As food will be in plenty, global warming affect neutralized, humans will be safe on earth.

    • I take it you are interpreting “extinction” as absolute? There is a place for pedantry but I think it very unhelpful in this context. Overpopulation is “over”population. In other words it is beyond that which an ecosystem can support indefinitely. Easter Island now supports a relatively minute population which is sustained with assistance of imported resources. The population of independently sustained human beings on the island if it were in its original state would be very much higher, and there would also have been many more species (some unique) within and around the island.

  10. Plankton is the bottom of the food chain, I read that the sea is getting fertilizer from volcanic vents under water around the Philippines, currents carry the nutrients south, lets hope nothing stuffs that up

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