The Sydney Morning Herald has given voice to the most extreme hysteria to try to get us to panic over alleged climate change. The headline says it all: “Climate change could make humans extinct, warns health expert.”
The Earth is warming so rapidly that unless humans can arrest the trend, we risk becoming “extinct” as a species, a leading Australian health academic has warned.
Helen Berry, associate dean in the faculty of health at the University of Canberra, said while the Earth has been warmer and colder at different points in the planet’s history, the rate of change has never been as fast as it is today.
“What is remarkable, and alarming, is the speed of the change since the 1970s, when we started burning a lot of fossil fuels in a massive way,” she said. “We can’t possibly evolve to match this rate [of warming] and, unless we get control of it, it will mean our extinction eventually.”
Professor Berry is one of three leading academics who have contributed to the health chapter of an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report due on Monday. She and co-authors Tony McMichael, of the Australian National University, and Colin Butler, of the University of Canberra, have outlined the health risks of rapid global warming in a companion piece for The Conversation, also published on Monday. The three warn that the adverse effects on population health and social stability have been “missing from the discussion” on climate change.
“Human-driven climate change poses a great threat, unprecedented in type and scale, to wellbeing, health and perhaps even to human survival,” they write.
They predict that the greatest challenges will come from undernutrition and impaired child development from reduced food yields; hospitalisations and deaths due to intense heat waves, fires and other weather-related disasters; and the spread of infectious diseases.
They warn the “largest impacts” will be on poorer and vulnerable populations, winding back recent hard-won gains of social development programs.
Projecting to an average global warming of 4 degrees by 2100, they say “people won’t be able to cope, let alone work productively, in the hottest parts of the year.”
This is all nonsense. The new IPCC report is actually pulling back from the dire predictions made in the 2007 IPCC report. Helen Berry may believe this stuff, but it is not the view actually in the report, however begrudgingly it may depart from her hysteria.
Furthermore, “the earth is warming so rapidly,” those climate scientists have been forced to admit that it is not rising at all and hasn’t been for quite some time. Because they hope to be right, they have labeled this data evidence of a “pause.” But all they know is that global warming has stopped.
But Berry and her cohorts aim to scare you into compliance. They want you to welcome politicians who want to raise your taxes and massively raise the cost of your energy.