Earth Changes
2004 and Beyond

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.
Peter 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.
"After 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 century."
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.
Barrett's 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.
"Research on the past Antarctic climate has an ominous warning for the future," Barrett said.
"We 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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