The earth will soon be uninhabitable

Within a few decades, according to an article in New York Magazine, global warming will make our planet uninhabitable.  Human beings will become extinct due to heat death, the end of food, climate plagues (such as bubonic plague germs thawing out when the icecap melts), unbreathable air, perpetual war, permanent economic collapse, and poisoned oceans.

In fact, if this time table is correct, most of us now reading this blog will die of one or more of those factors, each of which is discussed in a section of the article.  Read the article linked after the jump.

Now a number of climate scientists, including those who warn about global warming, are saying that this apocalyptic doomsaying gets the science wrong and does more harm than good.

Why is that?

Do you think there is something to these warnings.  Are they an attempt to get people’s attention in the face of public skepticism about the problem?  Is it better to give the worse case scenario rather than a more measured treatment if the purpose is to “wake people up”?

Compare this prophecy to religious end-of-the-world proclamations.  Is it a sign that environmentalism has become a religion, complete with “Repent for the End is Near!” preaching?

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Yeats saw it coming

The Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post both have pieces on W. B. Yeats’ great poem The Second Coming.

One of the defining poems of the 20th century, Yeats wrote it back in 1919, but it seems to predict the rise of Nazi Germany, the growth of Communism, and now postmodernism, the rise of radical Islam, current political trends in Europe, and–for columnist E. J. Dionne–Donald Trump!

The poem, famous for its lines “The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity”and “The center cannot hold,” is built both on Yeats’ theories of history and his take on the Christian notion that Christ will be followed by Antichrist.  After the jump, read an excellent unpacking of the poem by David Lehmann, and then see what Dionne does in applying it to today’s political situation. [Read more…]

The sixth extinction will include us

Some scientists are saying that we have entered the sixth phase of mass extinction of animal species, the biggest since the dinosaur days.  They add that this sixth extinction is likely–due to climate change, etc.–to also take out the human race.

For the original scientific article, go here.  Notice:  One of the authors is Paul R. Ehrlich, author of The Population Bomb, which in 1968 predicted global apocalypse by 1995.  (For a list of his failed predictions see this.  See also The Bet, a book on Ehrlich’s environmental apocalyptic warnings vs. free market optimism.) [Read more…]