Communicator (communicator) wrote,
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Human race doomed

I spent the first two weeks of this year worrying about Lovelock's predictions of a radical and irreversible shift in climate, with resulting population crash. Now he is getting a bit more publicity and quite a lot of blog commentary has arisen.

Instead of trying to be fair to other people's opinions or linking to things people have said I think I'll do a poll. I'd love to know your predictions.

Poll #654135 Doomed: the survey

Global warming escalates uncontrollably in next 50 years?

Likely
8(47.1%)
Unlikely but possible
9(52.9%)
It won't happen
0(0.0%)

Nuclear war over remaining oil stocks (see Iran, China etc.)

Likely
1(5.9%)
Unlikely but possible
14(82.4%)
It won't happen
2(11.8%)

A disease of some kind significantly depletes the global population in the next 50 years

Likely
6(35.3%)
Unlikely but possible
10(58.8%)
It won't happen
1(5.9%)

Some responses to Lovelock's predictions, tick as many as you like

He's an old man projecting his own mortality onto the world
1(7.1%)
Human race will cope with all global problems without severe problems
0(0.0%)
There will be major global problems but we will be safe in our affluence
0(0.0%)
Lovelock is a nutcase
0(0.0%)
Lovelock has raised a real issue, and people are frightened to admit he has a point
0(0.0%)
Some other disaster will wipe us out first
0(0.0%)
The West is in trouble but other parts of the world will be OK
0(0.0%)
I care
0(0.0%)
I don't care
0(0.0%)

Please comment, particularly if my choices don't capture your views very well.
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