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Humanity becoming extinct?

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It is a common believe that the Dinosaurs have become extinct because a meteorite hit the planet. This, of course, is only a theory. It just might be that the sheer size of the beasts and their numbers were unsustainable for nature and the extinction of the Dinosaurs became part of the evolution.

Human beings do not share the size but we outnumber the Dinos by number and we might become just as well unsustainable for nature. Humanity might share the same fate of the Dinosaurs.

Frank Fenner, the emeritus professor in microbiology at the Australian National University, warns the world, in The Australian, that “We’re going to become extinct,” the eminent scientist says. “Whatever we do now is too late

Stephen Boyden, a retired professor at the ANU, Australian National University, shares some of the pessimism but still sees a glimmer of hope for humanity.

It might not be too late, he says.

“That’s where Frank and I differ. We’re both aware of the seriousness of the situation, but I don’t accept that it’s necessarily too late. While there’s a glimmer of hope, it’s worth working to solve the problem. We have the scientific knowledge to do it but we don’t have the political will.”

Here is where I differ with both of them.
Unlike Frank Fenner, I don’t believe that it is too late for humanity as as whole. If the Climate Change will happen many hundreds of million people will probably die but not all.

Stephen Boyden sees the solution in the will of the political elite. This will not happen. Why should it?

The Greenhouse Effect is known for decades and the political leaders have not heeded the warnings. In some of the developed countries things have been done but they were only cosmetic measures. Fit for developed countries, while the burden is on the developing countries with a high birth rate.

The infrastructure of the developed countries are good for making money but are highly inefficient. The TOTEM System as introduced in the Nesseq website would be much more appropriate on a global scale.

The solution is not to wait until the catastrophe might hit us but to get prepared for a Very- Worst-Case-Scenario. Let’s not wait for scientists, politicians and certainly not for businessmen.

Let’s get active now! Let us use all possibilities to work against the effects of Climate Change. offers some ideas which could be implemented right away!

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  5. Cassandra Cage

    We may see sudden, unexpected changes that have serious ramifications for the overall well-being of humans, including the capacity of the planet to support people. This is further evidence that we are well on the way to the next great extinction event.

    The findings have enormous implications for mankind, particularly if the trend continues. The earth’s ocean, which produces half of the oxygen we breathe and absorbs 30 percent of human-generated carbon dioxide, is equivalent to its heart and lungs. This study shows worrying signs of ill-health. It’s as if the earth has been smoking two packs of cigarettes a day.

  6. Mabby

    We are virtually certain that climate change is occurring, and occurring because of man’s activities. We’re virtually certain the probability distribution curve is all bad. There’s no good things that’s going to come of this. But what’s uncertain is exactly which one of those things are going to occur and in what time frame.

    In the probability distribution curve is about a 50% probability that about half of all species will become extinct or be subject to extinction over this period of time. What we will never know on an ex ante basis is whether or not man be one of those casualties or not.

  7. Professor Frank Fenner

    I am a scientist who helped eradicate smallpox and certainly know a thing or two about extinction, let me tell you something Dear Max, the human race will be unable to survive a population explosion and unbridled consumption. homo sapiens will become extinct, perhaps within 100 years.

    A lot of other animals will, too, It’s an irreversible situation. I think it’s too late. I try not to express that because people are trying to do something, but they keep putting it off. Since humans entered an unofficial scientific period known as the Anthropocene – the time since industrialisation – we have had an effect on the planet that rivals any ice age or comet impact.

    Good luck with your work.

    • Admin (Max)

      Dear Professor Fenner,
      I am honored by your visit to my site. I also believe that we might be too late to do something. But this does not discourage me to try!
      Max Nadel

  8. Sandra Bill

    Our world leaders have to recognize global warming as a real threat to humanity. They need to both try to slow down global warming and prepare for its eventuality. If they do not, the collapse of the human civilization is almost certain, and the entire human race is at risk of becoming extinct.

  9. Dr. Andrew S.

    Dear Max, Great writing, but the effects and consequences of global warming are both frightening and overwhelming. Currently, global warming is modestly increasing the average temperatures throughout the world. However, these temperature increases will continue to spiral upwards and cause massive climate changes throughout the world.

    For instance, these temperature changes will increase the average worldwide rainfall yet decrease rain in some areas, thus negatively affecting farming everywhere. Seasons to grow foods will shorten in some areas and lengthen in other areas, while few farmers will be to adapt to these changes quickly enough. And farmers will be unable to properly change the types of their crops, because the local climate changes will be continuously too unpredictable and changing too quickly.

  10. Kelly Broke

    Max, Any species can become extinct, given the right conditions; most species do, eventually, die out, but that process can take many millennia. so your Totem is not the savier for human kind.

  11. Mark R.

    Any species will become extinct in time, including humans.

  12. Johnny

    Either our world leaders are going to recognize global warming as a real threat to humanity and address it properly, or the entire human population may become extinct.

  13. Fernando

    Dr. Max, The humanity is about to face the most devastating catastrophe that mankind has encountered since the Bubonic Plague during the Middle Ages. This largest threat to humanity is global warming. Sure, some people are still debating if global warming is in progress and the long term effects of pollution in the environment, but the general consensus among most scientists and researchers is that global warming has started and is going to increase at an uncontrollable rate in the very near future.

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