“Our natural world is rapidly disappearing. Just how fast was the major topic here last week at the global conference held every four years by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, which I participated in along with some 8,000 scientists, nature reserve specialists and environmentalists.The dominant theme running through the I.U.C.N.’s seminars was the fact that we are bumping up against and piercing planetary boundaries — on forests, oceans, ice melt, species extinctions and temperature — from which Mother Nature will not be able to recover. When the coral and elephants are all gone, no 3-D printer will be able to recreate them.
In short, we and our kids are rapidly becoming the Noah generation, charged with saving the last pairs. (This is no time to be electing a climate-change denier like Donald Trump for president.)
Sylvia Earle, the renowned oceanographer, put it well to a sustainability conference hosted here by the East-West Center alongside the I.U.C.N. meetings. In her lifetime, said Earle, she has felt as if she’s been “witness to the greatest era of discovery and the greatest era of loss” in our planet’s history.So now, she said, “we are at a crossroads. What we do right now or fail to do will determine the future — not just for us, but for all life on earth.” ”
Source: We Are All Noah Now – The New York Times
This is one of Tom Friedman’s best columns in recent memory. It seems to focus on the Half-Earth solution, and I fault it for not daring to use the O word, as in, the biggest problem facing the earth is Overpopulation. I continue to recommend people read Dan Brown’s page turning novel “Inferno,” because I like his discussion, that we need to reduce the earth’s population approaching 8 billion, by 4 billion, and not allow it to increase 13 or 15 billion. The path we are in will cause our extinction, if it hasn’t already. James Lovelock thinks it is too late. Justin Gillis just wrote in the NYT sunday 9/4/16 that now many climatologist think a 15-20 increase in sea level is already inevitable.
Look what happened to the comment above. It became a NYT Pick, with the yellow ribbon, and to date, 50 Recommended.