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The World as We Know It Is About to End, Say Some Really Frightened Scientists
The Atlantic ^ | Jun 7, 2012 | Alexander Abad-Santos

Posted on 06/08/2012 7:16:05 PM PDT by presidio9

A new study by 22 biologists and ecologists has found that environmental changes on our planet are reaching a point of no return that leads to mass extinctions and harms human welfare. The situation, said one scientist, “scares the hell out of me.” That would be James H. Brown, one of the authors of alarming paper published by Nature, talking to New York Times Green blogger Justin Gillis. Brown is not one of your everyday cranks predicting raptures and the end of days. He is a macroecologist at the University of New Mexico. And as The Atlantic's James Fallows, who pointed out this terrifying study to us, writes, this could be the most important news of 2012. How soon do these scientists expect the world as we know it to end? Gillis writes, "within a few human generations, if not sooner." The most frightening thing is that this finding isn't about what will come if we do not act, but that our effects on the planet's environment -- global warming, population growth, and overall resource extraction -- means that we've already passed a "tipping point." This isn't a plea for change. These are things scientists have been warning us

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TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 666; brown; chickenlittle; chickenlittles; endoftheworldlyrics; globalwarming; jameshbrown; manbearpig; population; scares; tippingpoint
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1 posted on 06/08/2012 7:16:10 PM PDT by presidio9
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To: presidio9

Move over “climate change”, hello “extinction scare”.....


2 posted on 06/08/2012 7:17:52 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: presidio9

Chicken Little, Malthus, Erlich and this moron. Four peas in a pod-duh.


3 posted on 06/08/2012 7:18:21 PM PDT by WorkingClassFilth (I'm for Churchill in 1940!)
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To: presidio9

Blah Blah


4 posted on 06/08/2012 7:18:33 PM PDT by zimfam007 (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.)
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To: presidio9

Which end? This one, or, that one?


5 posted on 06/08/2012 7:18:49 PM PDT by SkyDancer ("Talent Without Ambition Is Sad - Ambition Without Talent Is Worse")
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To: presidio9
Push it. Push it further. Push it waaaaaay past the point of no return.

Then maybe we won't have to listen to these dipsticks anymore.

6 posted on 06/08/2012 7:18:55 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Obama needs more time. After all -- Rome wasn't burned in a day.)
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To: presidio9

“22 biologists and ecologists has found that environmental changes on our planet are reaching a point of no return”

Which can mean only one thing: We MUST fund more research into these changes and hire as many biologists and ecologists that the Federal budget will permit as soon as possible and for as long a possible.

Survival depends on it!


7 posted on 06/08/2012 7:19:44 PM PDT by garjog
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To: presidio9

OMG! It’s too late, there’s nothing we can do!

So just settle back and enjoy the ride.

Hand me the bong, I’ll drive.


8 posted on 06/08/2012 7:20:49 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: tet68

It’s ok, OK, I don’t drink!


9 posted on 06/08/2012 7:22:01 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: presidio9
If these idiots would stop preserving land and let people get back onto it to manage it this trend could reverse. I say this as one who has restored a native grassland to a level that some experts have said is unprecedented in North America.

See tag line.

10 posted on 06/08/2012 7:22:01 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (The environment is too complex and too important to manage by central planning.)
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To: presidio9

I say that the Oh NOES! Guys will soon visit this thread.


11 posted on 06/08/2012 7:22:01 PM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: presidio9

I say that the Oh NOES! Guys will soon visit this thread.


12 posted on 06/08/2012 7:22:06 PM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: presidio9

Algore will be all over this.


13 posted on 06/08/2012 7:22:22 PM PDT by doc1019 (Romney will never get my vote!)
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To: presidio9

I wonder how much taxing, regulating, UN world-taxes will be needed to resolve this crisis...


14 posted on 06/08/2012 7:23:16 PM PDT by Principled
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To: presidio9
Ho hum. None of these perverts will tell you that "extinction" to them does not mean what you think it means. To them "extinction" means some salamander may disappear from some brook somewhere, even though it has millions of relatives in other brooks. It will be listed as 'extinct' in the local ecosystem. This is a well-known fact of gubmint-speak as it is utilized and defined in the ESA. Just omne of the many ways the left screws you over day by day..
15 posted on 06/08/2012 7:23:16 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: presidio9

I already saw the movie. Decent CGI tsunamis, but the acting sucked. Funny, how their predictions are just outside the lifespan of anyone that would be able to prove them wrong.


16 posted on 06/08/2012 7:23:56 PM PDT by ScottinSacto
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To: presidio9

The world as we knew it ends every day.


17 posted on 06/08/2012 7:24:04 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: presidio9
Your life as you know it is over. I'd like to be the first to welcome ... etc.
18 posted on 06/08/2012 7:26:09 PM PDT by tumblindice (Our new, happy lives.)
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To: GraceG

There has been a population explosion of bullfrogs this year. I guess the mild winter allowed a lot more of them to survive. I don’t think I’ve ever heard so many as I do now.


19 posted on 06/08/2012 7:26:27 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: presidio9

Tell me about the glaciers coming back like they said in the ‘70’s. And Global Warming more recently until they changed it to Climate Change (That’s gone on for thousands of years) even more recently. And running out of oil till they found more. And coffee, that’s bad for you except now it’s not. And salt, what about salt which is now good for you.

And tell me about a real problem that comes up, why would we believe “them” when they tell us about it?


20 posted on 06/08/2012 7:27:20 PM PDT by KrisKrinkle (Blessed be those who know the depth and breadth of their ignorance. Cursed be those who don't.)
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21 posted on 06/08/2012 7:27:48 PM PDT by Snickering Hound
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To: presidio9; a fool in paradise; Slings and Arrows
That would be James H. Brown, one of the authors of alarming paper

To quote Mr Brown: "Git on up! Stay on the scene!"

22 posted on 06/08/2012 7:27:53 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: presidio9

What’s a “New York Times green blogger”? Can you make money doing that?


23 posted on 06/08/2012 7:28:07 PM PDT by Rocky (Obama is pure evil)
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To: presidio9

Didn’t read the whole article but it sounds like these 22 biologists and ecologists are looking for big time grants for further study.


24 posted on 06/08/2012 7:29:36 PM PDT by jazusamo ("Intellect is not wisdom" -- Thomas Sowell)
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To: presidio9

22 biologists and ecologists, that has to be less than 1%.

25 posted on 06/08/2012 7:32:19 PM PDT by Liberal Bob (looneyleft.com)
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To: presidio9

The problems are:

China
Indonesia
India
Pakistan
Egypt
And the African continent.

As a percentage of arable land they have over populated and are net importers of food and some even water while others will lose not only land to certification but will pollute their waters to unsustainable levels which will kill off millions.

Problem solved.


26 posted on 06/08/2012 7:32:28 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live athrough it anyway)
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27 posted on 06/08/2012 7:32:48 PM PDT by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam does.)
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To: presidio9

...and I feel fine.


28 posted on 06/08/2012 7:34:03 PM PDT by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: Revolting cat!

I guess the judging gig didn’t work out.


29 posted on 06/08/2012 7:35:03 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: presidio9
This scared the bejeebers out of us in 1972. The "Limits to Growth" guys had it all figured out. They actually didn't put time scales on the problems in the original edition, but saw population collapse as inevitable due to having already reached the "tipping point." We're all still waiting...


30 posted on 06/08/2012 7:35:27 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: presidio9

Newsbreak: The world will end at 10:00 pm. Film at 11:00 pm.


31 posted on 06/08/2012 7:36:34 PM PDT by SoldierDad (Proud dad of an Army Soldier who has survived 24 months of Combat deployment.)
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To: Revolting cat!
To quote Mr Brown: "Git on up! Stay on the scene!"

Give yourself a gold star for that one.

32 posted on 06/08/2012 7:36:37 PM PDT by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam does.)
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To: tet68
OMG! It’s too late, there’s nothing we can do!

So just settle back and enjoy the ride.

Hand me the bong, I’ll drive.

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33 posted on 06/08/2012 7:37:15 PM PDT by lonevoice (Today I broke my personal record for most consecutive days lived)
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To: presidio9

The writer of the article obviously takes a dim view of End Times Prophecy, but I’m going to share this passage from The Holy Scriptures anyhow. If Brown and the other “scientists” had any sense, THIS is the thing that should scare the hell out of them............and cause them to repent before it’s too late. Second Epistle of Peter, Chapter 3:

2Pe 3:1 This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance:
2Pe 3:2 That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour:
2Pe 3:3 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,
2Pe 3:4 And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.
2Pe 3:5 For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:
2Pe 3:6 Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:
2Pe 3:7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.
2Pe 3:8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
2Pe 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
2Pe 3:10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.
2Pe 3:11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,
2Pe 3:12 Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?
2Pe 3:13 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.
2Pe 3:14 Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.
2Pe 3:15 And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you;
2Pe 3:16 As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.
2Pe 3:17 Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness.
2Pe 3:18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.


34 posted on 06/08/2012 7:37:47 PM PDT by Tucker39 ( Psa 68:19Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits; even the God of our salvation.KJV)
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No no!! The world will end due to cyber-terrorism.. (see my earlier post!)

I called it first!

35 posted on 06/08/2012 7:40:07 PM PDT by SomeCallMeTim ( The best minds are not in government. If any were, business would hire them)
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To: cripplecreek

Yep, frogs and herpetology in general has increased in Penns woods this year - signs of a very healthy environment!


36 posted on 06/08/2012 7:42:13 PM PDT by Domestic Church (AMDG ...)
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To: presidio9

That’s great, it starts with an earthquake,
birds and snakes, an aeroplane - Lenny Bruce is not afraid.
Eye of a hurricane, listen to yourself churn -
world serves its own needs,
Don’t misserve your own needs.
Feed it off an aux speak, grunt no, strength no.
Latter starts to clatter with fear fight, down height.
Wire in a fire, representing seven games in a government for hire and a combat site.
Left of west, was a coming in a hurry with the furies breathing down your neck.
Team by team reporters baffled, trumped, tethered, cropped.
Look at that low playing! Fine then.
Uh oh, overflow, population, common food, but it’ll do.
Save yourself, serve yourself.
World serves its own needs, listen to your heart bleed.
Tell me with the rapture and the reverent in the right - right.
You vitriolic, patriotic, slam, fight, bright light, feeling pretty psyched.

It’s the end of the world as we know it.
It’s the end of the world as we know it.
It’s the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine.

Six o’clock - TV hour. Don’t get caught in Foreign towers.
Slash and burn, return, listen to yourself churn.
Lock him in uniform and book burning, blood running.
Every motive escalate. Automotive incinerate.
Light a candle, light a votive. Step down, step down.
Watch a heel crush, crush.
Uh oh, this means no fear - cavalier. Renegade and steer clear!
A tournament, a tournament, a tournament of lies.
Offer me solutions, offer me alternatives and I decline.

It’s the end of the world as we know it.
It’s the end of the world as we know it.
It’s the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine.
(It’s Time I had some time alone)

It’s the end of the world as we know it.
It’s the end of the world as we know it.
It’s the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine.
(It’s Time I had some time alone)

The other night I tripped the lights continental drift divide.
Mount St. Edelite. Leonard Bernstein.
Leonid Breshnev, Lenny Bruce and Lester Banks.
Birthday party, cheesecake, jelly bean, boom!
You symbiotic, patriotic, slam, book,neck, right? Right.

It’s the end of the world as we know it.
It’s the end of the world as we know it.
It’s the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine...fine...


37 posted on 06/08/2012 7:42:13 PM PDT by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: ScottinSacto

Ah, except for Algore’s prediction. He predicted global calamity and destruction in 10 years about 7 years ago. Rush has Algore’s doomsday clock ticking right down to the hour and minute on his website. If you click on the doomsday graphic with your sound up, you will be rewarded with a loud boom.


38 posted on 06/08/2012 7:42:56 PM PDT by Nucluside (ready)
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To: presidio9

I’m not sure what an ecologist studies. But a Macroecologist, now there is someone who must see the big picture, and is far wiser than any mere ecologist. A bona-fide so-and-so.


39 posted on 06/08/2012 7:43:50 PM PDT by omni-scientist
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To: presidio9
"The situation, said one scientist, “scares the hell out of me.”"

So, is this guy busy preparing for when his SHTF?

Where is he going to move?

What materials will he have when he gets there?

40 posted on 06/08/2012 7:43:50 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: presidio9

I have thought that more than once during the 0bama presidency! Even more so if he gets reelected!


41 posted on 06/08/2012 7:45:21 PM PDT by Lucky2 ( 0BAMA MUST GO!)
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To: presidio9

Whatever. IMO they make this stuff up to get more grants.


42 posted on 06/08/2012 7:45:45 PM PDT by madison10
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To: Slings and Arrows; Revolting cat!

43 posted on 06/08/2012 7:46:29 PM PDT by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam does.)
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To: presidio9
The answer will always be the same. Americans need to quit driving SUV’s and quit having having kids.
44 posted on 06/08/2012 7:46:45 PM PDT by HereInTheHeartland ("The writing is on the wall - Unions are screwed. reformist2 10:04 PM #27"\)
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To: Paladin2

I don’t know. We just got home from the most beautiful drive back from WV and through Maryland, Cumberland gap, etc — through lush green mountain forests and rolling country hillsides ...the air was simply fragrant as we stopped atop the mountain tonight — a faint hint of honeysuckle mixed with a cool mountain breeze.

If this is the end of the world, we’re doing pretty good in this part of the world.


45 posted on 06/08/2012 7:49:15 PM PDT by LibsRJerks
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To: Revolting cat!
and then a miracle happened!
46 posted on 06/08/2012 7:51:19 PM PDT by tumblindice (Our new, happy lives.)
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To: presidio9
I'm thinking these folks should just follow their own convictions and get off the planet.

We would all be much better off.

47 posted on 06/08/2012 7:56:24 PM PDT by elkfersupper ( Member of the Original Defiant Class)
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To: lonevoice
"Hey, Joey, do me a favor huh? If we're gonna travel together, ya gotta promise not to be an asshole."

---The Wanderers (1979)

48 posted on 06/08/2012 7:59:49 PM PDT by Scooter100 ("Now that the fog has lifted, I still can't find my pipe". --- S. Holmes)
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To: presidio9

THAT'S ALL, FOLKS!


49 posted on 06/08/2012 8:02:25 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: presidio9

They’ve beaten themselves stupid with their own hockey stick.


50 posted on 06/08/2012 8:05:00 PM PDT by tacticalogic ("Oh, bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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