Skip to comments.Gone Bezerkers. Climate change will turn humans into hobbits
Posted on 01/10/2013 9:21:40 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
Pay up, or well turn you into a Hobbit! This is what our public science establishment has reduced itself to?
Science fiction writers have infiltrated universities. Theyre running amok, and while its all very entertaining (thanks for the laughs) some poor sods (like The Express) might think this is actually science.
Mass extinction forecast with 6C temperature rise
HUMANS will have to become like Hobbits to survive the rapid climate change facing the world, a report claims today.
It says that in the past species have coped with a warming climate by turning to dwarfism.This is because food is less nutritious in a warmer world which means that species have to eat more and by becoming smaller they can cope with food scarcity.The report published by the Climate News Network also warns that the speed of climate change could lead to mass extinctions partly because many species, form plants to animals, will not have time to adapt.It is based on the work of an international group of 30 scientists looking at the vast fossil deposits in rock strata in Wyoming in the United States, charting the period 55 million years ago when the earth temperature rose suddenly.
One of the clues that these researchers were having a go at us is the name: Its called the Bighorn Basin Coring Project but strangely it was funded by the United States National Science Foundation. Bravo to the satirists posing as scientists, they are putting on an exceptional show of pretending to believe their own material. Dead-pan to the end.
From the ClimateNewsNetwork:
In the next 100 years the combination of more carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and increased temperature could be catastrophic for an overpopulated world, according to one of the scientists involved. With food supply drastically reduced, evolutionary forces suggest hobbit-sized humans who needed to eat less would have the greatest chance of survival. These findings are the work of an international group of 30 scientists looking at the vast fossil deposits in rock strata in Wyoming in the US, charting the period 55 million years ago when the Earths temperature rose suddenly as it is expected to do this century.
On that occasion it took 10,000 years for the temperature to rise by 6°C. There were mass extinctions, but the timescale gave some plants and animals time to adapt and move north and south to survive. Many species evolved quickly dwarfism being one of the most widespread and successful strategies.
What worries the scientists is that this current warming period will take as little as 200 years, if the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is correct. This gives many long-lived species, for example trees, no time to evolve and migrate.
Righto. So assuming that human civilization today is equivalent to that of miniature horse-like mammals of 55 million years ago (cue raucous canned laugh track) ... well evolve rapidly into Frodo-like beings. A career in basketball will beckon for anyone over five feet! EGad a terrifying prospect. I need to sit down.
Heres a wild stab: pretend that the IPCC was not a joke, it didnt rely on disproven climate models, and we did get a 6°C rise, even then the hobbit theory has a few holes. For one, I imagine the fox-sized Eohippus didnt have much in the way of managed agriculture, internal combustion engines, irrigation, or mass communication. Im guessing that our larger offspring might manage to not-die-off-before-childbearing thanks to the slight technological advantage conferred by the Neolithic, industrial and scientific revolutions.
Dr Phillip Jardine, one of the scientists involved, is a research fellow at the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences at Birmingham University, UK. Giving a lecture at the Geological Society of London he said this period of warming, known as the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum, led to catastrophic extinctions of life in the deep oceans, partly because of increased acidification and partly through lack of oxygen. On land many plants and animals also died out.
He said: Even if future climate change isnt a convincing enough argument to decrease carbon emissions, increasing atmospheric CO2 concentrations has a very real possibility of reducing the viability of our own food supplies, by compromising the base of the food chain for ourselves and the animals that we farm and eat.
If we acknowledge the presence of increasing temperatures then we have an additional factor that we would expect to decrease further the size of our farmed animals, and thus the amount of food that we can take from them.
Lets look at the more similar warming era 0.000 million years ago known as the Green Revolution. The world has been warming for 300 years as CO2 levels rose rapidly, but farm animals got bigger, fatter, and multiplied several magnitudes. The awful consequences of warming and all that extra aerial fertilizer meant that the human population only got ten times larger and quite a lot taller.
Yes, extra CO2 makes plants grow faster. It greens the world, and adds biomass which is carbohydrate based. Where nitrogen is limited, and fertilizer is not available, some plants will have a slightly lower protein component. Is the new terror campaign a plan to scare us into paying a carbon tax for fear we might have to eat a higher carbohydrate diet? Have I got that right?
If there was a global 6°C rise, Im sure there would be mass extinctions, but since the evidence suggests climate models exaggerate the threat by a factor of 6 or 7, there are more pressing concerns, like why are we wasting so much money paying people in science departments to propagate ideas so weak they evaporate on contact with unfunded bloggers?
Hat tip Marc Morano.
*You think Im taking artistic license in that opening line, but Business Green asked if you want to be a Hobbit, and said you may not have a choice, though I suspect even they reckon this story is a bit out of hand.
If only we could discover what space age technology the cave men used to survive the massive global warming they endured at the end of the ice age.
Cool! Do I get a ring? Or must I go on a quest?
Time to get busy exterminating the orcs, then.
Tolkien was a very wise man.
Bull Obama, as usual from the “math is not our friend” crowd.
‘Twould seem a bit more probable that we’d choose to live in small underground homes when the global cooling (which is really what is happening) goes into full force.
My bet is on fire. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IS7Og1zvdy8
My toes are hairy but I doubt I can freely traverse rough country unshod as yet.
First breakfast, second breakfast, elevenses, luncheon, afternoon tea, dinner, supper.
It reaches a point where this crap is so sickening in nature, I have to force myself to read it.
And am whimsical....
and last evening I read an article on Slate that said at the current world birthrate, which is “actually delining” that in the next hundred years the world propulation would shrink from current 7 billion people to 1 billion people. A major reason, according to the author, is that the more educated women are, the fewer babies they have. Thus the world is facing a ‘depopulation crsis.’
Sounds like Slate has found the best solution to carbon crisis and global, depopulation means less people using carbon.
There ought to be a story there somewhere.
First, the biggest determinant of nutritional value is the quality of the soil, not temperature. Temperature is more related to yield.
Second, if we concede that we're in a warming cycle, I'm sure the northern states and Canada would be happy to add growth capacity to the market. We may get bigger as a result since the land is full of undepleted minerals.
Quite simply the story is that homo sapiens is the most adaptable mammalian species ever to live on the face of the planet. We’ve found ways of surviving the most inhospitable environments from the bottom of the ocean to outer space.
I think we’ll be OK.
Paging BG for her comments.
Dang! You beat me to it.
Yes...if it means second breakfast, then, hobbitize me!
Well, I already have hobbit feet.
It was warmer during the period of the dinosaurs and they were so small, that they died out from being stepped on by Neanderthals.
Dude -—— we’re all going to be hobbits —— whoa!
They need to see how things work in Idiocracy.
Remember Samwise, Smeagol and the Rabbits.
Hobbits loved meat when they could get it.
Thanks Ernest and GreyFriar.
(IMHO) The population of China will shrink by at least 2/3rds, unless policy’s changed there; parts of the European Union will try to remain ZPG, but that doesn’t work, it will always lead to implosion; other parts (such as Poland and Germany) will grow in size; the big story will be in the US — the population will be at least one billion in 2100, and probably more like 3 billion, and possibly a good deal north of 3 billion; by that time Portuguese speakers in Latin America will outnumber Spanish speakers; the population of Africa will cycle through several boom-and-bust periods, but wind up even more urbanized than today, and analogous to today’s India in terms of level of education and economic development; the overall population of the Earth will be in the area of 20 billion, at the very least, and could be much higher than that, perhaps as high as 50 billion.
Earth colonies on Mars will probably be fairly numerous, but small and very isolated. There will be a permanent (though rotating) human presence in space, including in orbital stations around some of the other planets, and on the surface of the Moon.
The human population has to decrease to make room for the hobbits.
It is food grown in cold climates that have less nutrition because they do not have time to mature and for the sugars to develop. Ever wonder why sweet foods tend to come from the tropics? Now you know.
Thanks for the post & the FReepmail, respectively.
Thanks Ernest. More Malthus.
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