- Humans Face
Extinction In 100 Years
Times of India
- WELLINGTON (IANS)
- Human beings face extinction by the end of this century if they
continue on their current growth path with its disastrous ecological
consequences, a top New Zealand scientist has warned.
Barrett, who has spent decades in Antarctic research and studying
climatic change, said an increasing number of scientists thought the
fallouts of industrial progress could be more catastrophic than
commonly believed, reports Xinhua.
40 years, I'm part of a huge community of scientists who have become
alarmed with our discovery, that we know from our knowledge of the
ancient past that if we continue our present growth path, we are
facing extinction," Barrett said.
- "Not in
millions of years, or even millennia, but by the end of this
- Barrett, the
director of Victoria University's Antarctic Research Centre, was
presented the prestigious Marsden Medal in Christchurch Wednesday
for his 40-year contribution to Antarctic research.
warning underlines comments he made last year that even the Kyoto
Protocol on global warming, regarded as too severe by many, would
not be enough to avert a climatic disaster.
- Two of the
world's largest sources of pollution, the US and Australia, have
refused to adopt the protocol.
on the past Antarctic climate has an ominous warning for the
future," Barrett said.
need an international commitment to an effective solution, if we are
to survive the worst consequences of this grandest of all human
experiments," he said.
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