Hello Armageddon ?
It could be the most important news of 2012 but I doubt we’ll see much discussion of it by politicians or in the mainstream media.
‘A report (read more here) prepared by 22 international scientists and just published in the journal Nature warns that overpopulation, environmental destruction and climate change have pushed the world toward a tipping point beyond which lie irreversible, scary alterations in the biosphere that supports life on the planet.’ All bets are off. Bad change could be coming and we’re talking about the next couple of decades, not some far-distant future.
Still .. never mind .. it must be almost time for American Idol on TV.
The blackdots are are our current measures and estimates of how the different control variables for seven planetary boundaries have changed from 1950 to present.
The green shaded polygon represents the safe operating space.
For an 18m Synopsis Watch this TED Video:
The majority of the environmental impacts on the planet have been caused by the rich minority, the 20 percent that jumped onto the industrial bandwagon in the mid-18th century. The majority of the planet, aspiring for development, having the right for development,are in large aspiring for an unsustainable lifestyle, a momentous pressure.
Now, as a scientist, what’s the evidence for this? Well, the evidence is, unfortunately, ample. It’s not only carbon dioxide that has this hockey stick pattern of accelerated change. You can take virtually any parameter that matters for human well-being — nitrous oxide, methane,deforestation, overfishing land degredation, loss of species — they all show the same patternover the past 200 years. Simultaneously, they branch off in the mid-50s, 10 years after the Second World War, showing very clearly that the great acceleration of the human enterprisestarts in the mid-50s. You see, for the first time, an imprint on the global level. And I can tell you,you enter the disciplinary research in each of these, you find something remarkably important,the conclusion that we may have come to the point where we have to bend the curves, that we may have entered the most challenging and exciting decade in the history humanity on the planet, the decade when we have to bend the curves.
For Source Material read the full paper here