Did a scientific study warn that humans will go extinct within 30 years? No, that's not true: A "policy paper" written by an Austrailian think-tank sounds a dire warning about a global threat to human survival on earth if climate change is not countered by dramatic action "akin in scale to the World War II emergency mobilisation." It is not a "study" and it does not predict that humanity will be extinct by 2050, only that the "tipping-point" to reverse global warming could be reached in 30 years without that action.
A new report has warned there's an existential risk to humanity from the climate crisis within the coming decades, and a "high likelihood of human civilization coming to an end" over the next three decades unless urgent action is taken.
The report, published by Australian thinktank the Breakthrough National Centre for Climate Restoration, outlines an apocalyptic scenario that could see conditions "beyond the threshold of human survivability" across much of our planet by 2050. Their analysis calculates the existential climate-related security risk to Earth through a scenario set 30 years into the future.
The report refuses to downplay its bleak assessment of what could happen, warning of "an existential risk to civilization [..] posing permanent large negative consequences to humanity that may never be undone, either annihilating intelligent life or permanently and drastically curtailing its potential."
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The headline claims there is a study warning humans will be extinct by 2050 as if it were an inevitability no matter what is done to prevent it. The first paragraph does not support the headline, as it hedges by saying the "study" warns there is a "high likelihood" of human extinction in the next three decades. The paper that is cited does reference a "high likelihood" of extinction under "high-end scenarios," but it does not give humanity just three decades. The 2050 reference is the predicted "tipping-point" after which climate change may not be reversible and a human extinct could begin. The cited paper attributed this prediction to another paper by the Global Challenges Foundation titled "Global Catastrophic Risks 2018". The cited section said:
Global climate models indicate that even in a <2°C scenario, the most intense tropical cyclones become more frequent and more intense3. In midrange scenarios, entire ecosystems would collapse, much agricultural land would be lost, as would most reliable freshwater sources, leading to large-scale suffering and instability. Major coastal cities - New York, Shanghai, Mumbai - would find themselves largely under water, and the populations of low-lying coastal regions - currently more than a billion people - may need to be relocated. In high-end scenarios, the scale of destruction is beyond our capacity to model, with a high likelihood of human civilization coming to an end.
While this section sounds dire, it is not predicting human extinction by 2050 as inevitable.
Admiral Chris Barrie, who is retired from the Australian Navy, in the forward to the paper titled "Existential climate-related security risk: A scenario approach" wrote in the forward to the policy paper that there is still time to save civilization:
This policy paper looks at the existential climate-related security risk through a scenario set thirty years into the future. David Spratt and Ian Dunlop have laid bare the unvarnished truth about the desperate situation humans, and our planet, are in, painting a disturbing picture of the real possibility that human life on earth may be on the way to extinction, in the most horrible way.
Read the full paper here:
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