Two special postings today. First is a link to a major new AAAS statement on the scientific basis of global warming released today, 18 March 2014. This is followed by a 15 March 2014 short review, contributed to The Future of Humanity by Joe Bish of PMC on a NASA funded study of global industrial civilization’s future prospects.
Here’s the link to the AAAS statement: What scientists know about global warming
The largest scientific society in the world, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, AAAS, has assessed the current state of scientific knowledge on global warming. Due in part to concerns over a widespread lack of understanding and misrepresentations on this topic, AAAS has today released to the public a major statement and video about global warming, what its consequences might be, and what humanity needs to know and do about it.
Here’s the link to an earlier report on the NASA-funded study:
On Industrial Civilization Collapse
Editor Note: Sorry, the above link has become broken. We have to wait until the Elsevier journal Ecological Economics publishes the article described below.
The Joe Bish review follows.The study was done by the Universities of Maryland and Minnesota. The main report has been accepted for publication in the peer-reviewed Elsevier journal, Ecological Economics.
From “The Daily Email” of Population Media Center, 15 March 2014, by Joe Bish, Senior Population Communications Associate
This is perhaps the most confusing, complex, and debated topic on the political burner these days. As we enter the New Year, talk is increasing that the U.S. Congress seriously may take up a reform of U.S. immigration policy. I think it is not so complex and confusing. Let me explain my view and see what you have to say.
Humanity is possibly on the verge of species collapse. I know, most people absolutely do not want to accept this statement. Surely we can find ways to avoid this calamity. Well, possibly. But, the way we’re going, don’t count on it. If you are a doubter, please stay tuned for a later blog posting by me on “Bad Thinking—Wrongheaded Action.”
What I mean by collapse may not include extinction of humans from the Earth (but it could). What is clearly threatened is a painful, possibly abrupt, large decline of global population, with varying magnitudes by region, mainly as a result of knocking out many of “nature’s services.” These are ecosystems and other parts of nature necessary to support human life at the current population level of over 7 billion (and growing). They include the fresh water we drink, the food we eat, the minerals we extract from the Earth, and the supplementary energy sources we think we need to have a good life (beyond what comes from the sun automatically). If we knock out too many species, bees for example (critical to the pollination of our crops), human life will suffer, not just due to loss of our numbers in a fairly precipitous manner, but from a rapid change in the industrial way of life which will create incredible hardships, discomfort, and premature deaths. Continue reading