Confronting A 'Ghastly Future' Of Environmental Catastrophe

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In case you've been feeling too happy lately ...

A newly published paper is as disturbing as anything I've read since The Limits to Growth back in the Seventies. It concerns an overall environmental catastrophe looming so as to represent a 'ghastly future'.

This isn't solely about climate change, overpopulation, or loss of biodiversity. It's about the overall mess of which these topics are but specific facets. This is why I'm initiating a new thread. The warning in this publication is even more direly stated than the dismal predictions we've seen before. One of the issues it focuses upon concerns the recognized inability to even grasp what's oncoming. The other problem it emphasizes is humanity's reluctance to take the all too evident trends seriously.
Humanity Is Hurtling Into a 'Ghastly Future' It Doesn't Comprehend, Scientists Warn

The emergency is not invisible. But that doesn't mean we can see it.

After decades of inaction and ineffective action on biodiversity decline, climate change, and pollution, civilisation stands on the precipice of a "ghastly future" it has gravely underestimated, an international team of scientific experts warns in an unnerving new study published this week. ...
FULL STORY:
https://www.sciencealert.com/humani...-future-it-doesn-t-comprehend-scientists-warn

See Also:
Worried about Earth’s future? Well, the outlook is worse than even scientists can grasp
https://theconversation.com/worried...s-worse-than-even-scientists-can-grasp-153091
 

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Here are the bibliographic particulars and abstract of the published article to which the sources cited above refer.

Bradshaw Corey J. A., Ehrlich Paul R., Beattie Andrew, Ceballos Gerardo, Crist Eileen, Diamond Joan, Dirzo Rodolfo, Ehrlich Anne H., Harte John, Harte Mary Ellen, Pyke Graham, Raven Peter H., Ripple William J., Saltré Frédérik, Turnbull Christine, Wackernagel Mathis, Blumstein Daniel T.
Underestimating the Challenges of Avoiding a Ghastly Future
Frontiers in Conservation Science VOL. 1 (2021)
https://doi.org/10.3389/fcosc.2020.615419

ABSTRACT
We report three major and confronting environmental issues that have received little attention and require urgent action. First, we review the evidence that future environmental conditions will be far more dangerous than currently believed. The scale of the threats to the biosphere and all its lifeforms—including humanity—is in fact so great that it is difficult to grasp for even well-informed experts. Second, we ask what political or economic system, or leadership, is prepared to handle the predicted disasters, or even capable of such action. Third, this dire situation places an extraordinary responsibility on scientists to speak out candidly and accurately when engaging with government, business, and the public. We especially draw attention to the lack of appreciation of the enormous challenges to creating a sustainable future. The added stresses to human health, wealth, and well-being will perversely diminish our political capacity to mitigate the erosion of ecosystem services on which society depends. The science underlying these issues is strong, but awareness is weak. Without fully appreciating and broadcasting the scale of the problems and the enormity of the solutions required, society will fail to achieve even modest sustainability goals.

FULL ARTICLE: https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fcosc.2020.615419/full
 
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