Category Archives: Extinction

Michael Smith, Nobel Prize winner

10 Dec 1993. Michael Smith, winner of Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1993, speech at the Nobel Banquet. I believe that Alfred Nobel, in contemplating this munificent act of the Bank and in contemplating what might happen in the next 100 … Continue reading

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R. K. Pachauri, Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

10 Dec 2007. Nobel Lecture by R. K. Pachauri, Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Oslo. Climate change is likely to lead to some irreversible impacts on biodiversity. There is medium confidence that approximately 20%–30% of species … Continue reading

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Christian de Duve, Nobel Prize Winner. Natural Selection will destroy us.

Clint Witchalls. 28 Feb 2011. Biology Nobelist: Natural selection will destroy us. NewScientist. We have evolved traits that will lead to humanity’s extinction, says Christian de Duve – so we must learn to overcome them We are the most successful … Continue reading

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Michael J. Benton, paleontologist: Runaway Greenhouse

Benton, M.J. Presidential Address 2007: The end-Permian mass extinction events on land in Russia. Proceedings of the Geologists’ Association Volume 119, Issue 2, 2008, Pages 119-136 Conclusion: If the runaway greenhouse model is correct and explains perhaps the biggest crisis … Continue reading

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James Lovelock: We Can’t Save the Planet, it’s Too Late

30 Mar 2010. Lovelock: ‘We can’t save the planet’. Professor James Lovelock, the scientist who developed Gaia theory, has said it is too late to try and save the planet. BBC Radio. Below is a summary, the full audio interview … Continue reading

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Greg Craven: What’s the Worst that Could Happen?

Greg Craven. 15 Dec 2010. What’s the Worst That Could Happen? A Veteran of the Climate Change Culture Wars Explains Why America Isn’t Listening and What To Do About It. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting. Nothing we’ve done has worked. … Continue reading

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Martin Rees, cosmologist: Will the Human Race Survive the 21st Century?

In his book “Our final century: Will the Human Race Survive the Twenty-first Century?: Martin Rees gives us at 50/50 chance of making it to 2100.  He thinks we’ve been lucky to survive even the past 50 years.  Some of … Continue reading

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Prince Charles warns of ‘sixth extinction event’

Louise Gray. 8 Sep 2011. Prince Charles warns of ‘sixth extinction event’.  Mankind faces extinction, the Prince of Wales has warned, unless humans transform our lifestyles to stop mass consumption, run away climate change and destruction of wildlife.  The Telegraph. … Continue reading

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John Gribbin, Astrophysicist. If we destroy ourselves, a grave injustice to the universe

Below are a few paragraphs from Hirshfeld’s excellent book review of:    John Gribbin. 2011. Alone in the Universe: Why Our Planet Is Unique. Humans are a miracle of blood, bone, and brain, a volatile mixture of compassion and brutality … Continue reading

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The nine boundaries we must not cross — or we may go extinct

[ Although everyone focuses on climate change there are 8 other destructive boundaries to be avoided as well. We’ve crossed three already: climate change, biodiversity loss, and the global nitrogen cycle.  The other six are ocean acidification, chemical pollution, atmospheric … Continue reading

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