Saving DNA code, saving life itself, saving humanity, saving civilization, saving a sufficient amount of these things to maintain them and revivify them has been my goal. The EarthArk Project, The LifeHaven Project, Doomsday Recovery. Unfortunately the natural processes of life, often called Darwinian Evolution, are driving humans to exploit all of the resources available to them for their own use. Usually consuming resources enhances a species’ vitality and growth, but in present humanity’s case we have been so successful we have destroyed what supports our life form.
There are several ways humanity’s success has set itself, and most of the other species of the earth, on the brink of extinction. Some of these extinction events are quick, like the explosion of the Doomsday Arsenal now instantly available. Some are a little slower, like continuing human greenhouse emission, which may have already triggered unstoppable feedback cycles of global warming. The existing human population and its food requirements are already consuming the soil and water which creates the food, and when the soil is gone there will be no more food coming from that land. Similarly, pumping one time usage groundwater can’t be carried on for very long. For example, California, which produces twenty percent of America’s table food, is now in one of its naturally recurrent drought cycles, and the short-term response is to pump deep groundwater. The water pumped this time won’t be available for the next drought. Thus each following drought will be worse, until there is no more deep water, and only intermittent surface water and then no more food.
We are now feeding humanity with food created with one-time usage of coal, oil, and gas, and when they run out most food will vanish as well. Perhaps before that happens global warming will ruin the productivity of the current farms, but the point is these are one-time-use sources of food and they won’t last forever. One of the tipping points may have already have been passed and it won’t matter what we do. Watch this video – Arctic Death Spiral and the Methane Time Bomb –
Another bummer video is – Human Extinction by 2030. Guy McPherson, University of Arizona, author of Going Dark. McPherson concludes, “Only collapse of industrial civilization prevents runaway greenhouse. That’s the best hope for the other species. We have already fired the gun, the Gatling gun in our case, that leads to human extinction in the relatively near term. I don’t think that means we should give up on other species, however, and habitat for those other species. We have a moral imperative to ensure habitat for as many species as we possibly can, instead of driving some 200 species a day to extinction. I know that’s not what most people want to hear; they want to hear that we can maintain this way of life forever, or at least maintain a habitat for humans for an extended period of time, but as a conservation biologist I recognized a long time ago that humans, like other organisms, do go extinct. At the time I just didn’t realize that it would be occurring so rapidly and that I would live to see much of the die-off myself.”
Where is the tipping point to where a positive feedback will begin? No one knows, but methane is already percolating up in the warming Arctic. Methane’s tipping point may have already been passed, and it will take only a few years for its effects to be obvious. But once it is obvious to scientific measurement it will be far too late to do anything to stop it, and when it is obvious locally to ordinary people the crops will start failing. Everyone will know the endpoint is near when the price of food is more than they can afford. Notice in McPherson’s title it is “Human Extinction by 2030,” and in this case the word by means before. Hopefully that date will pass without disaster, just like George Orwell’s 1984 went by without disaster, but by then the problems should be obvious enough that effective actions will be needed and desperate actions attempted.