‘The world as we know it is about to end’

Some of America’s top left-leaning publications are sounding alarm bells after release of a “terrifying” report warning that global warming and overpopulation will soon lead to “mass extinctions” of humanity.

“The situation ‘scares the h– out of me,’ said one author of the [report],” writes “green” blogger Justin Gillis of the New York Times. “‘We’ve created this enormous bubble of population and economy. … It’s either got to be deflated gently, or it’s going to burst.’”

Alexander Abad-Santos of The Atlantic’s “Wired” blog also wrote about the report, which was published in the scientific journal Nature earlier this week, in an entry called “The World as We Know It Is About to End, Say Some Really Frightened Scientists.”

“A new study by 22 biologists and ecologists has found that environmental changes on our planet are reaching a point of no return that leads to mass extinctions,” writes Abad-Santos. “And as The Atlantic’s James Fallows, who pointed out this terrifying study to us, writes, this could be the most important news of 2012.”

The Atlantic then refers back to the Times, quoting: “How soon do these scientists expect the world as we know it to end? Gillis writes, ‘within a few human generations, if not sooner.’”

The heart of the scientists’ claim, as Gillis explains it, is that humans have used up 43 percent of the ice-free land surface on earth, and if that number tops 50 percent, “the ecological web can collapse.”

Gillis concedes that the 22 authors of the report “will be accused of alarmism” and reveals the scientists admitted some of their conclusions are based on guesswork. Nonetheless, Gillis insists, the report comes at an important time for international, political action on “global warming.”

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