Human extinction is inevitable if you look at species survival in a long enough time frame. What species are varies with definition and what the problem is at present but with hominid line of species it is in the rage of a million years or so between gross identifiable features. By the definition of inter-breedablility then the species to be considered must be living and capable of breeding. Horses and donkeys have been physically different enough to be called separate species for the last five million years but can still be bred to form mules which are big as horses and as strong as donkeys. The mules are usually sterile but not always so they form a good surrogate for talking about humans and their inter-breedability with chimpanzees. There have been no known cross breeding except for the possible Humanzee Oliver which may have had a chimp mother and human father as the tests were done on mitochondrial DNA which proved the maternity but not the paternity. It really doesn’t matter much to my discussion of humanity’s life expectancy and extinction risk. If humans were a free ranging species we might expect to have a normal species expectancy of another million years. But, in case you haven’t noticed, we are not a typical species because we have created weapons of extermination (WOE) and have them stockpiled for instant use. Therefore, as I discussed yesterday in, Humanity’s “Laws of Stability” in the year 7,000 CE, unless we find a way to contain these weapons and the knowledge of how to create them humanity is doomed to an early extinction. At present we are not even remotely close to controlling these weapons and it is just random luck that there hasn’t been a major war where they were used in quantity. It is unlikely that luck will last much longer because various resources will run out and be unable to supply the exploding human population.
So, the question becomes, what should be humanity’s appropriate response to the extinction risk?
- Eliminate H-bombs. — Impossible to do and to verify.
- Eliminate bio-weapons. — Impossible to do and to verity.
- Reduce population to pre-industrial levels. — Impossible politically.
- Enforce Copenhagen Protocols and reduce. — Too little too late.
- Continue consuming maximally. — Works fine until the crash.
- Store critical agricultural seeds. — Very slow if any recovery.
- Store every speicies in the EarthArks. — Humanity’s 2nd chance.
The http://www.earthark.net/ is the index site for organizing The EarthArk Project.
The goal of The Earthark Project is to maximize the long-term survival and health of humanity and the Earth.