In British Astronomer Royal Sir Martin Rees's book Our Final Century: Will the Human Race Survive the Twenty-first Century? Rees discusses a range of risks confronting humanity, and estimates that the liklihood of human extinction before 2100 is around 50 per cent. In David Suzuki's most recent lecture in Invermere last week, he stated, "We don't know enough to know it's too late but we know enough to know, all we really have is hope." He stated that in the last twenty years we have been going backwards from the progress that was made in the eighties.
Economic growth Suzuki stated, has become the definition for progress and this assumption is fundamentally flawed. Humans are the most numerous mammal on the planet. No other species of that number has existed on the planet and no other species has such an obsession with 'stuff'. Suzuki illustrated how economic growth cannot happen forever for the planet's resources will be expended. He stated that we have failed to bring about the major paradigm shift necessary to sustain future generations.
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The Associated Press
Posted: May 31, 2012
The world's air has reached what scientists call a troubling new milestone for carbon dioxide, the main global warming pollutant.—