Professor Paul Ehrlich on Nature Bats Last: “Faster than expected”

In the March episode of Nature Bats Last on PRN.FM co-hosts McPherson and Hester interview the legendary, Professor Paul Ehrlich. The episode is embedded here
Dr Ehrlich is the Bing Professor of Population Studies in the Department of Biology of Stanford University and president of Stanford’s Center for Conservation Biology . He is a renowned biologist and ecologist best known for his warnings about the consequences of human population growth.

I drew reference to the February 19, 2018 paper in Science Daily titled; Biodiversity loss raises risk of ‘extinction cascades’

At the beginning of the interview Paul said that everything is unfolding ‘faster than previously thought’. Bare that in mind when reading this article from The Guardian quoting Paul last year; Paul Ehrlich: ‘Collapse of civilisation is a near certainty within decades’.  Now we are talking years…….. if we’re lucky considering the Arctic Sea Ice decline and it’s implications; President Niinistö in North Russia: ‘If We Lose the Arctic, We Lose the World’

Wediscussed Paul Ehrlich and Sandra Kahn’s recent book JAWS, you can find more information on this important book here:
Further information and a brilliant documentary on the ‘Aerosol Masking Effect’ or Global Dimming is embedded here

I'm an anti-imperialist, environmental activist and blue ocean sailor, who is passionate about the earth and all it's inhabitants without favour. Brace for imminent impact as we bare witness to the non-linear unraveling of the biosphere and habitability disappearing for most if not all complex life on the only habitable planet we know of. To quote President Niinistö in North Russia: ‘If We Lose the Arctic, We Lose the World’. Folks we have lost the Arctic.

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12 comments on “Professor Paul Ehrlich on Nature Bats Last: “Faster than expected”
  1. Kevin Hester says:

    It’s a biological extinction;


  2. Bibi Gaston says:

    Hi Kevin,
    Would you be interested in interviewing me about my book on the forest rangers?
    I think it’s a plan. People need a plan.


    • Kevin Hester says:

      Hi Bibi, we’d sure consider it, put a proposal together wher you want to explore and any previous work either audio or written and send it to me here and to Guy via his website and we’ll both consider it.


  3. samhuinn says:

    Not sure if you’ve seen this already but given your stance on speaking the truth to future generations I thought this worth sharing:

    It seems well researched & legit but given all the disinfo flying about it’s getting very difficult to tell these days.

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  4. Allan Begg says:

    The future outlook makes me feel ill
    When you say that if we loose the Arctic we are done….do you include Greenland in that statement ?
    If not why not ?

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    • Kevin Hester says:

      It’s all about energy balance and that has been lost. Greenland will melt and raise sea levels but for me the sea ice is the most important aspect.
      The loss of sea ice albedo is a massive feedback and the clathrates in the East Siberian Arctic Shelf greatly disturb me.
      Clathrates are destabilised by pressure and warming. I’m guessing the increased warming from the loss of albedo off sets the micron’s or millimetres of increased sea level rise and pressure below.
      I’d say the odds are stacked against stability and destabilisation of the atmosphere will prevail.


  5. Almost two months later after this posting, and out comes the fact that Greenland is already starting to melt, In early April! There’s a freaking ‘heat dome’ over it! And “Unprecedented early surface melting is well underway on the southeastern coastline.”

    Agreed, Kevin, that the energy balance has definitely been lost and most especially in the Arctic that, from what I’ve been reading. has already gone over 3’C in warming. The insane temperature readings being reported are just the Arctic reacting to the new reality.

    But Greenland’s freshwater melt-off is continuing the Gulf Stream slow-down that was reported in 2010 & 2012. I wonder what the amount in gallons is enough to drown it to a halt? It may be Global Warming, but without it Northern Europe goes ice age awfully damned fast and ends agriculture as they know it.

    As for the energy balance, Mozambique just found out within a month just how out of balance it is this year with that second monster Typhoon. I understand that was also ‘unprecedented.’ Puerto Rico gets hit again by another Maria this year? I’m afraid that wouldn’t surprise me, nor back-to-back anythings happening that are bad.

    It seems we are crossing over the boundary to constant on-going disasters all over the world, most which might be reported for a 3 second spot on the corporate MSM news, then forgotten. And damn sure there isn’t anyone in those corporate boardrooms that are going to allow connect-the-dots reporting. Investigative reporters are dead in the MSM. Real ones won’t ever be hired.

    Down there where you are, Kevin, living on a small vessel, I’d be watching the Antarctic more since it’s right there calving off e-freaking-normous icebergs into the southern ocean even though the Arctic seems to be in control of both the Jet Streams. The northern one is acting like it’s hardly moving/working at the moment.

    Run a jet-stream model a couple of evenings ago, going back in six-hour increments for the past thirty days. A holy shit moment.


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  6. Just checking in to be sure I was still subscribed to your blog… you’ve been really quiet.

    Long ago when fishing for tarpon, I was really tired and rested for a few seconds. My friend/boat captain said, ‘Lisa – you rest/the fish rests…’

    Don’t stop slaying those dragons – but you’ve earned a break!

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    • Kevin Hester says:

      Yeah I’m stepping back from the fray and am spending more time in Nature whilst she’s still around and comparatively healthy.


      • I totally understand; for me it’s only when I leave the solace of the ‘protected forest’ that I realize the ongoing problems in the world. But I also know that my place is not to stay off the map, but to interact with locals – one person at a time.. The locals, however, live as close to the earth as most any person can – seeing a young family going to ‘market’ 5 kilometers away on a burrow and returning with the child on the burro and parents walking beside – that’s humbling. They aren’t the cause of our world’s problems…

        Other days someone asks, ‘What are you looking for? (Birds – and now honey bees) and we talk. Sometimes they say, ‘I want to know more…”

        Some days there is hope…

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Kevin Hester is currently living on Rakino Island, a small island in the Hauraki Gulf near Auckland, New Zealand, monitoring the unravelling of the biosphere and volunteering at the Rakino Island Nursery is currently developing a proposal to create a marine reserve near by. The Island has no grid tied electricity or reticulated water.  I catch my own water from the roof and generate my electricity from the ample solar radiation on the island.

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