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Civilization will end by 2050, report claims

By T.K. Randall
June 4, 2019 · Comment icon 96 comments

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A new paper from an Australian think tank has predicted that human society will collapse within 30 years.
Researchers at the Breakthrough National Center for Climate Restoration in Melbourne have based their dire prediction on the consequences of out-of-control climate change.

Current reports about the impact of global warming significantly underestimate the risks, they argue.

To demonstrate their point, the paper's authors have put forward a scenario where, by around 2050, the planet will have experienced a temperature increase of approximately 3 degrees Celsius.

The ice sheets will have vanished, the rainforests will have been decimated by major droughts and the world's ever-growing population will be subjected to 'unsurvivable' periods of extreme heat.

Ecosystems will collapse, wildfires will destroy vast swathes of forest and farmable land, food production will collapse and huge numbers of people will end up as refugees.
Competition between nations over the world's dwindling resources will result in wars, possibly even a nuclear apocalypse - ensuring the complete and total collapse of civilization as we know it.

The paper's authors describe this scenario as "outright chaos."

On the plus side however, they also suggest that we have around a decade left to transition the world's economy to a zero-carbon-emissions system.

"I told the [Senate] Inquiry that, after nuclear war, human-induced global warming is the greatest threat to human life on the planet," said former defense chief Adm. Chris Barrie.

"Human life on Earth may be on the way to extinction, in the most horrible way."

Source: Live Science | Comments (96)

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Comment icon #87 Posted by Tatetopa 5 years ago
Yes indeed.  You have hit on it. I(s it a matter of advertising?
Comment icon #88 Posted by Harte 5 years ago
Comment icon #89 Posted by tortugabob 5 years ago
The AGW crowd keep kicking the sky-is-falling can down the road. We should be dead according to the Algoreans. AOC tells us we have 12 years.  These kooks tell us we have 31.  I guess the hucksters have not made enough money from the climate snowflakes and poor taxpayers.
Comment icon #90 Posted by tmcom 5 years ago
Geesh, don't you watch Gore, we are all dead, the world ended three years ago,...this is a recording!
Comment icon #91 Posted by Doug1029 5 years ago
Don't go by dates; go by temps. When warming reaches +2.0 degrees C we can expect an acceleration of ecosystem damage.  At +4 degrees C, irreversible ecosystem damage becomes common and at +9 degrees C. extinctions become a major problem, possibly including our own. AOC's 2030 date is based on an estimate of when we will reach +2 degrees.  But that estimate actually runs from 2026 to 2038.  So 2030 will be a bit early to say we didn't reach it.  Forecasts of reaching a particular temp will not be accurate to the year, anyway. LS will argue that it can't get as warm as +9 degrees.  But it... [More]
Comment icon #92 Posted by Farmer77 5 years ago
Perhaps if you didnt behave in such a manner it would be necessary ?
Comment icon #93 Posted by Desertrat56 5 years ago
I read an article years ago that claimed that the 24 hours that no planes were allowed to fly in the U.S. caused the temperature to drop 1 degree across the country.  It was a long time ago but I think scientists were quoted (some of you really like that).  It seemed relevant to climate change back then.
Comment icon #94 Posted by RabidMongoose 5 years ago
Its not conclusive that it is real or to the extent claimed yet. Nothing remarkable that stands out in the above graph. It could be normal warming.    
Comment icon #95 Posted by Doug1029 5 years ago
It was an unprecedented opportunity to measure the atmosphere's opacity.  And planes put out a lot of particulates that raise the earth's temp.  I vaguely remember reading that same article. Doug
Comment icon #96 Posted by Doug1029 5 years ago
Ups and downs in earth's mean temps are normal.  Whether the Roman Warm Period was warmer than current is up for grabs, especially if you mean land surface temps.  Sediment cores shore it warmer than today.  The Little Ice Age, as shown on this graph is a little confusing.  The graph shows considerable cooling before the Little Ice Age even began (1257).  Even 1257 is debated as being too early. What is important is what has been the cause of warming since about 1850. Doug

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