An Australian scientist, who was behind the eradication of small pox, believes the human race has only 100years left to live. Frank Fenner, professor at the Australian National University, knows a thing or two about extinction. He was, after all, the guy who wiped out the variola virus, the cause of small pox!
“Homo sapiens will become extinct, perhaps within 100 years,”
“A lot of other animals will, too. It’s an irreversible situation. I think it’s too late. I try not to express that because people are trying to do something, but they keep putting it off.
“Mitigation would slow things down a bit, but there are too many people here already.”
When the population increases to 8 or 9 billion, Fenner imagines people will be fighting to feed themselves. To add to the overpopulation issues, he states it is to blame for ecological destruction and over-consumption, diminishing our chances of survival.
He uses what happened on Easter Island as a comparison.
NOVA paints a gloomy picture:
In the world at large, we are deforesting our land, overfishing our oceans, causing the extinction of large numbers of species. We are watching our topsoil disappear by the millions of tons each year. We are starting to fight over ever-scarcer freshwater. We are over consuming our resources as if there were no tomorrow, or future generations. One would have to be in denial not to see those “chillingly obvious” parallels to Easter Island.
The question: Can the earth survive a disaster?
Yes, says Livescience. After humans are extinct, the earth will bounce back.
Physicist Stephen Hawking also warned that humans will face certain extinction if we do not find another planet to inhabit.
In the video interview posted below Hawking says, “We are entering an increasingly dangerous period in our history, there have been a number of times in the past when survival has been a question of touch and go, like the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1963, and the frequency of such occasions is likely to increase in the future.”
Hawking also believes that if humans can maintain life for two more centuries, they will survive. (He was also very skeptical about reaching this goal)
He claims humans will have a hard time surviving another century because people
“carry selfish and aggressive instincts,”
and deplete natural resources at an alarming rate.
He believes our only chance for long-term survival is the colonization of space. In order for such a feat to occur, humans would have to create highly advanced technologies in order to travel long distances. Scientists estimate, with the most recent technology, that it would take over 50,000 years to reach earths nearest star.
So as we approach the 21st of December 2012 and if we do survive the Mayan apocalypse is it a moot point?
Are we just postponing the indivertible fact that we will become extinct?
Are we as a species just another footnote in the planets history?