Today I conducted my first interview as ‘Host’ on Nature Nats Last on PRN.FM where I interviewed Professor Guy McPherson, the former host and founder of the show named after Professor McPherson’s website Nature Bats Last . Todays episode of the show is archived here.
Professor McPherson and I discussed the unfolding disaster in Puerto Rico and the abject failure to date of the Trump regime’ to mitigate the unfolding catastrophe.
Discussed in detail was this remarkably succinct and disturbing article from Global Research;
“Human beings are now waging war against life itself as we continue to destroy not just individual lives, local populations and entire species in vast numbers but also destroy the ecological systems that make life on Earth possible.”
“By doing this we are now accelerating the sixth mass extinction event in Earth’s history and virtually eliminating any prospect of human survival.”
A position that Professor McPherson has held for many years and has become inevitable due to the multitude of tipping points we have already crossed and factoring in the 10 to 30 year lag between emissions and their consequences manifesting in full. The chaos we bare witness to today is from emissions released predlast century.
“In a recently published scientific study ‘Biological annihilation via the ongoing sixth mass extinction signaled by vertebrate population losses and declines’ the authors Gerardo Ceballos, Paul R. Ehrlichand Rodolfo Dirzo document the accelerating nature of this problem.”
Professor McPherson and Paul Ehrlich have previously discussed our predicament and the You Tube presentation is embedded here;
‘Earth’s sixth mass extinction is more severe than perceived when looking exclusively at species extinctions…. That conclusion is based on analyses of the numbers and degrees of range contraction … using a sample of 27,600 vertebrate species, and on a more detailed analysis documenting the population extinctions between 1900 and 2015 in 177 mammal species.’
“Why is this happening? Ceballos, Ehrlich and Dirzo tell us:
‘In the last few decades, habitat loss, overexploitation, invasive organisms, pollution, toxification, and more recently climate disruption, as well as the interactions among these factors, have led to the catastrophic declines in both the numbers and sizes of populations of both common and rare vertebrate species.’ The full article is embedded here
As the evidence mounts that we have slipped into the nonlinear stage of the unraveling of the biosphere, I feel it is appropriate to include two cutting edge articles from firstly my dear friend Dahr Jamail staff reporter at Truthout.org
“It is often painful to write these monthly dispatches, chronicling what has happened to the Earth over the previous several weeks. Every month I’m taken aback by how rapidly the changes are unfolding. Take my word for this: These pieces are as emotionally challenging for me to write as they are for you to read.”
Climate Distruption Could Pose “Existential Threat” by 2050
In the very same week we have this chilling round up from Robert Hunziker writing in this instance for Dissident Voice;
The Accelerating Death Trap;
“We need to understand that we are in a nonlinear exponential phase… we have overwhelming scientific evidence that humanity now faces a new juncture of grand global risk. We have in just five decades transitioned from being a small world on a big planet where we could allow ourselves to have unsustainable economic growth without Earth sending any invoices back to humanity up to now with overwhelming scientific evidence of a new big world on a small planet. We’ve reached the saturation point. We’re hitting the ceiling of the biophysical capacity where we can no longer exclude destabilizing the entire earth system.”
We dodged a bullet with the Arctic Sea Ice this year but we can’t expect to keep doing so. The horror being inflicted on the people of Puerto Rico will very soon befall us all.
The only advice I have to offer is to treat each and every day as if it were your last as very soon the living will envy the dead. The biosphere is in hospice and time is very, very short.
The plan at present is for me to conduct interviews with relevant guests on the first Tuesday of the month N.Z. time at 08.00 a.m. or 3p.m. E.S.T. on the first Wednesday of the month.Long may it last.
Professor Guy McPherson’s latest interview with Marcelo Rollando published on Oct 3, 2017 with some still shots of Guy and myself on tour in NZ in 2016 is embedded below;
“The living will envy the dead.” Yep that sums it up. Only good news is that before long there will be no living to envy the dead.
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Nature Bats Last – 12.15.15
“We interviewed award-winning conservation biologist Gerardo Cellabos about his recent and ongoing work, including the Sixth Mass Extinction and the prospects for humans in the future. Guy provided an extensive update on the climate front, and we discussed the COP21 meeting in Paris.”
“In contrast to global warming, this may be much more imminently dangerous across-the-board to terrestrial life. An enormous loss of insect population, almost decimation in some parts of the world, threatens the life-giving structure of the ecosystem. This is a deadly serious problem!”
“If we lose the insects, then everything is going to collapse… there has been some kind of horrific decline.” (Prof Dave Goulson, Sussex University). According to the new study, insect abundance has fallen by 75% over the past 27 years. (Caspar A. Hallmann, et al, More Than 75 Percent Decline Over 27 Years in Total Flying Insect Biomass in Protected Areas, PLOS, October 18, 2017)”
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[…] chaos we bare witness to today is from emissions released last century.…—Kevin Hester, “Biological Annihilation on Earth is Accelerating,” Nature Bats Last, […]
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One ‘positive’ of near term human extinction from runaway abrupt climate change is it will spare us the multi-generational genetic damage from bathing the planet in herbicides, pesticides and ionising radiation.
Reasons to be cheerful!
Guy doesn’t use the term “Biological annihilation” flippantly, it has recently be used in a peer reviewed science paper written by Geraldo Ceballos and Paul Ehrlich.
No shortage of evidence is there!