Humans ‘don’t have 10 years’ left thanks to climate change – scientist

By Breanna Barraclough | 24 November 2016

Greenland’s summer ice melt, still gathering speed. (Credit: NASA)

There’s no point trying to fight climate change – we’ll all be dead in the next decade and there’s nothing we can do to stop it, a visiting scientist claims.

Guy McPherson, a biology professor at the University of Arizona, says the human destruction of our own habitat is leading towards the world’s sixth mass extinction.

Instead of fighting, he says we should just embrace it and live life while we can.

“It’s locked down, it’s been locked in for a long time – we’re in the midst of our sixth mass extinction,” he told Paul Henry on Thursday.

But Professor James Renwick, a climate scientist at Victoria University, says people should not use his words more as an excuse to give up.

While he agrees that climate change is possibly the “biggest issue humanity has ever faced”, he says “giving up is not really helpful”.

Instead, Prof Renwick says he hopes Prof McPherson’s 10-year claim will encourage people to take action.

“This is a really big issue and the consequences could be catastrophic,” Prof Renwick says. “Though certainly [humans won’t all die off] in 10 years or even 1000 years.”

The effects of climate change were first noticed 30 years ago and Prof Renwick says the sooner we get onto working against it, the less there will be to do.

“I’d love to see [people] take it on board as it is a very serious issue.”

Prof McPherson’s comments come just days after Climate Change Issues Minister Paula Bennett appointed a 10-strong team to advise the Government on how New Zealand can adapt to climate change.

But if the visiting professor is right, it could all be a waste of time.

“I can’t imagine there will be a human on the planet in 10 years,” he says.

“We don’t have 10 years. The problem is when I give a number like that, people think it’s going to be business as usual until nine years [and] 364 days.”

He says part of the reason he’s given up while other scientists fight on is because they’re looking at individual parts, such as methane emissions and the melting ice in the Arctic, instead of the entire picture.

“We’re heading for a temperature within that span that is at or near the highest temperature experienced on Earth in the last 2 billion years.”

Instead of trying to fix the climate, Prof McPherson says we should focus on living while we can.

“I think hope is a horrible idea. Hope is wishful thinking. Hope is a bad idea – let’s abandon that and get on with reality instead. Let’s get on with living instead of wishing for the future that never comes.

“I encourage people to pursue excellence, to pursue love, to pursue what they love to do. I don’t think these are crazy ideas, actually – and I also encourage people to remain calm because nothing is under control, certainly not under our control anyway.”

New Zealand has been criticised by the international community for not doing enough to fight climate change – this month being awarded two Fossil of the Day awards at the UN Climate Change Conference in Marrakech.

The awards are for the country’s failure to live up to climate promises and the continued use of “dodgy” carbon credits.

Guy McPherson – Human Extinction within 10 years

David Attenborough on climate change: ‘The world will be transformed’

Dancing Star Foundation | Overpopulation Problem

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  1. We should have started connecting the
    global warming and overpopulation dots
    a long time ago. Thomas Robert Malthus
    was not a crackpot. :-D

  2. What does the Book say? What promise did God give to Noah? The gays may try and steal His symbol, but the promise is still the same.

    • The Bible is a compendium of fire side tales and fables recounted orally for generations, until writing was invented and then again many different sources and versions were written down.
      There were no grand central universities to organise the many various versions of these origin stories.
      They were for entertainment and to answer the many mysteries of our universe, since there was no science yet.
      This is the old Testament.
      The ‘new’ Testes is also hearsay since these letters, ‘gospels’ and stories were written by the loyal faithful, not by objective historians at that particular time, or by any contemporary writers, and written many years after the supposed events of this mythical Jesus. Thus, there is no verifiable evidence of a Jesus.
      Then many of these stories, not all, were compiled by one self-absorbed converted Roman Emperor for his expressed purpose of conquest and control of the people. He recognised that this was the perfect religion/mythology for domination of the populace. Half the stories were ignored and none have been proven.
      This ‘Bible’ is backed up by absolutely no facts and evidence.

    • Being a reader of the bible and understanding somewhat the issues involved it may be that you overlooked this text in

      Revelation 11:18 … and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.

      We are destroying this earth. God created this planet with laws to regulate it. Violate the laws and we reap the consequences.

      God did promise not to send a worldwide flood again, and He hasn't. Stand in front of a speeding train and God isn't going to rescue us. Violate the laws of nature and God isn't going to rescue us.

      Another text to consider: Romans 8:22For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now

  3. 80% of the human population lives on less than $2.00 a day. War, torture, squalor, misery……

    Rather than let nature kill us slowly, we should use our technology to kill the world instantaneously: e.g. Set off all the nukes
    in the world and blow the whole world to hell! I do not care if there is a god or not. I would spit in the face of this god; for the
    lousy life he gave me. If Jesus really was god, I would keep him on that cross and torture him there forever….. Nothing wrong with the world, that a nuclear holocaust would not cure!

  4. The last two pictures in the clips above are a prime example of our ills, and why the planet is going to hell in a hand-basket. Te first claims 'overpopulation'. but when we read this, do we include ourselves as part of the overpopulation problem, or outside of its sphere? Here's a thought… If half of humanity did a Houdini trick and disappeared, which half, (haves and have-nots) would make the most impact on protecting the planet's environments? The second picture is less obvious….and depicts the real reason why we are in so much trouble. The caption reads: 'The Future of Our Planet". If you read these words and did not flinch, ask yourself it it is indeed YOUR planet?


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