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Civilization on track for 'irreversible collapse'

Posted on Wednesday, 29 July, 2020 | Comment icon 31 comments

Things are not looking too promising for the future. Image Credit: Pixabay
Two theoretical physicists believe that there is a 90% chance that civilization will collapse within 40 years.
The troubling prediction comes courtesy of Dr Gerardo Aquino from the Alan Turing Institute in London and Professor Mauro Bologna from the University of Tarapaca, Chile who maintain that the key contributing factor is the ongoing destruction of the world's forests.

According to the study, within as little as two to four decades the level of deforestation will be such that Earth will no longer be able to sustain its ever-growing human population.

This is based on the estimate that all of the world's forests will disappear within 200 years.

"Clearly it is unrealistic to imagine that the human society would start to be affected by the deforestation only when the last tree would be cut down," the pair wrote.

Particularly damaging will be the impact of deforestation on some of the life-support systems we ourselves rely on for survival, such as oxygen production and water cycle regulation.
The disappearance of the forests will also have a devastating impact on countless animal species.

"It is highly unlikely to imagine the survival of many species, including ours, on Earth without [forests]," the authors wrote. "The progressive degradation of the environment due to deforestation would heavily affect human society and consequently the human collapse would start much earlier."

"Calculations show that, maintaining the actual rate of population growth and resource consumption, in particular forest consumption, we have a few decades left before an irreversible collapse of our civilization."

Let us hope that either the study is wrong, or steps are taken to halt deforestation before it is too late.

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Comment icon #22 Posted by pbarosso on 30 July, 2020, 5:31
we dont have to worry, wars will take care of everything. wars make innovation happen at the fastest rates. population control=less lives to cut down the forest, blockades spur developments of new energy sources, less mouths=less stress on the land and sea-life.    humans are just the most intelligent animals on earth, but we are STILL animals.
Comment icon #23 Posted by lightly on 30 July, 2020, 12:29
   Right...and disease of course. . Just need to think positive like that.
Comment icon #24 Posted by Jon the frog on 31 July, 2020, 17:17
Reforestation occur in some countries and others are following slowly. I don't think we will see total deforestation beside if the ocean become totaly anoxic from climate change and they release clouds of sulphuric acids and methane to do a total cleansing.
Comment icon #25 Posted by fred_mc on 3 August, 2020, 15:38
We are an inventive species. We've always come up with solutions to problems so I feel confident that we will do that also this time.
Comment icon #26 Posted by Myles on 3 August, 2020, 16:34
1 of those 3 could happen.   I think the mammoth is still a solid option for bringing back since they have soft tissue of them.     In America, scientists are working on bringing back the passenger pigeon, a rosy-breasted bullet of a bird that once flocked in the billions; and the heath hen, a stumpy avian wallflower that lived in the scrubby plains of New England. In the UK, researchers are considering whether or not to bring back the so-called ‘Penguin of the North’, the great auk. Meanwhile, in South Africa, they’re trying to revive the quagga, a bizarre zebra-like creature with a stripeles... [More]
Comment icon #27 Posted by Autochthon1990 on 3 August, 2020, 16:52
What, you mean Canada?
Comment icon #28 Posted by seanjo on 3 August, 2020, 17:02
Every Western nation.
Comment icon #29 Posted by Poncho_Peanatus on 4 August, 2020, 7:13
I think they should  go botanical first, like trying to bring back a Calamite from the Carboniferous era using the modern day equisetia plants. IMO flora its much easier to work on, dont forget we had botanical cloning for centuries before Dolly.
Comment icon #30 Posted by Doug1029 on 7 August, 2020, 14:53
If you're concerned about slavery:  the Polaris Project ( fights slavery.  Look them up. Prostitution is the major slavery problem in the US, but there are other cases, too.  Mexican immigrants, legal and illegal, are frequently stripped of their documents and forced to work for little to nothing (  In this case, ICE closed down the slave ring, but they also deported its victims. Doug
Comment icon #31 Posted by Doug1029 on 7 August, 2020, 15:19
They called me back in for two more days.  Shutting down the lab and moving samples to storage. Finished another chronology yesterday.  Results so far are just confusing, not enlightening.  Have to do some more and see if I can find a pattern. We are already seeing the beginnings of a covid spike on campus.  Sororities held their pledge week parties last week and had to send a bunch of students home when they tested positive.  I think reopening the university is a big mistake, but the Board of Regents are Trump supporters - not concerned with who lives and dies, just that things look superfici... [More]

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