UN Issues Dire Environment, Climate and Population Warnings (yawn!)

Over-population causes climate change“Humanity is changing Earth's climate so fast and devouring resources so voraciously that it is poised to bequeath a ravaged planet to future generations” [ark] — so finds the fourth Global Environment Outlook (GEO-4). The report is published by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and was compiled by 390 experts using two decades of data. At over six billion, the human population is now so big that “the amount of resources needed to sustain it exceeds what is available”. Regional predictions are equally grim [ark]. Another report this week published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society predicts that in coming centuries rising temperatures could wipe out more than half of the earth's species [ark].

Given “the world's scarce resources are being depleted at a wholly unsustainable rate despite urgent warnings sounded two decades ago,” surely world governments will be meeting in emergency sessions throughout the night in coming weeks, I expect to hear shortly of cancelling of new carbon emitting coal plants and shutting down market in ancient forest timbers. The media almost certainly will divert resources from celebrity news and go to round the clock emergency coverage of the Earth crises. And the average citizen will embrace cutting back on babies and consumption so we can all have a future. Or perhaps this report will be ignored and garner dust on a bookshelves like legions before.

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  1. Dear Friends,
    I find it irresistible not to at least take a moment to wonder aloud what Galileo is doing tonight. My hope would be that he rests in peace and that his head is NOT spinning in his grave. How, now, can Galileo possibly find peace when so few top-rank scientists will speak out clearly regarding whatsoever they believe to be true about the distinctly human predicament presented to humanity in our time by certain unbridled and soon to be unsustainable activities of the human species that loom ominously and threaten to engulf the the planetary home God has blessed us to inhabit?
    One day, perhaps, enough experts in science will speak out loudly and, thereby, give Galileo a moment of peace.

  2. John says:

    Will anybody put together, that the polar ice caps are melting on the other planets of our solar system as well as our planet? Meaning, that our planet is just going through its normal cyclatory process.

  3. R. Gates says:

    Commenting on the main post:
    All the reports and findings by the wisest people in the world won't change minds as fast as a good swift kick the ass by good old mother nature.
    Commenting on John's post:
    Your suggestion would imply that humans have not got themselves into the mess they are in all on their own. We soiled and destroyed our Eden and now will pay the price.

  4. David B. Benson says:

    No, John. This is most assuredly not normal, meaning it is entirely anthropogenic, i.e., caused by humans.
    As for Mars, whichever polar cap is in the Martian summer phase melts a bit.
    But don't confuse that with the unprecidented melt in the Arctic this past summer. Or the more serious problem of the acidifcation of the oceans. Or …

  5. David B. Benson says:

    Oops! Subliming on Mars, not melting…

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