Noted Stanford University biologists Paul and Anne Ehrlich assert that humans risk global collapse of civilization if humanity takes a narrow view on how to address climate change, they report at the Daily Climate, and at further length in the Proceedings of the [British] Royal Society. Environmental problems have contributed to numerous collapses of civilizations in the past. Now, for the first time, a global collapse appears likely. Overpopulation, overconsumption by the rich, and poor choices of technologies are major drivers. Thus, climate change, overconsumption and overpopulation and their repercussions, such as food and water scarcity, loss of valuable biodiversity, and resource wars have to be addressed in concert with each other. These problems are a tangled web of dilemmas, all the parts interacting and often reinforcing one another. Dramatic cultural change provides the main hope of averting calamity. Responsible reproductive policies and redefining economic health in terms of sustainability, not growth, are key. Although informed farsighted political leaders need to address these issues, the Ehrlichs note that neither major US party is doing so. Meanwhile, it’s late in the ecological ball game, and nature bats last.
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Opinion: Climate disruption is not the whole story of our sad predicament. Paul and Anne Ehrlich assert that we risk a global collapse of our civilization as we know it. Climate change is just one of our problems: We cannot avert calamity without tackling it and other pressing ecological concerns in concert. Daily Climate
Can a Collapse of Civilization Be Avoided? Proceedings of the Royal Society. http://rspb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/280/1754/20122845