Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

3/30/2014 (2 years ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Alacrity of change is so rapid, mankind must act quickly

While we go about our lives and dress more lightly in response to global warning one Australian academic is not so calm. Australian Health Academic Helen Berry says that if we all collectively don't change our tune - humanity may very well become extinct.

Helen Berry says that the Earth is warming so rapidly that unless humans can arrest the trend, we risk becoming 'extinct' as a species.

Helen Berry says that the Earth is warming so rapidly that unless humans can arrest the trend, we risk becoming "extinct" as a species.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

3/30/2014 (2 years ago)

Published in Green

Keywords: Global, waring, extinction, academic


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - "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," Berry says. "We can't possibly evolve to match this rate [of warming] and, unless we get control of it, it will mean our extinction eventually."

Berry says that the Earth is warming so rapidly that unless humans can arrest the trend, we risk becoming "extinct" as a species.

No child need ever go to bed hungry -- go here!

An associate dean in the faculty of health at the University of Canberra, Berry says that 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.

She's one of three leading academics who have contributed to the health chapter of an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report due this week. Berry 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. 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.

Among the predictions weather change will wrought will come in the form of under-nutrition and impaired child development from reduced food yields; hospitalizations and deaths due to intense heat waves, fires and other weather-related disaster and the spread of infectious diseases.

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 four degrees by 2100, they say "people won't be able to cope, let alone work productively, in the hottest parts of the year."

Action on climate change would produce "extremely large health benefits" which would greatly outweigh the costs of curbing emission growth.

The report also says that a warming climate would lead to fewer cold weather-related deaths but the benefits would be "greatly" outweighed by the impacts of more frequent heat extremes.

While some adaptive measures are possible, limits to humans' ability to regulate heat will affect health and potentially cut global productivity in the warmest months by 40 percent by 2100.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copyright 2016 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for August 2016
Universal:
Sports: That sports may be an opportunity for friendly encounters between peoples and may contribute to peace in the world.
Evangelization: Living the Gospel: That Christians may live the Gospel, giving witness to faith, honesty, and love of neighbor.



Comments


More Green

WATCH NOW! Two-for-one special on adorable newborn pandas Watch

Image of Giant Panda surprises zookeepers with twins (Tiergarten Sch?nbrunn/SWNS).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

One Giant Panda mother surprised zookeepers by giving birth to twins! LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - When zookeepers at Austria's Schönbrunn Zoo, also called "Vienna Zoo," discovered Giant Panda Yang Yang was pregnant, they were ecstatic.<a ... continue reading


How to see a Catholic meteor shower this week Watch

Image of The Perseids peak on Aug 11-12. Up to 200 per hour may be visible.

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Later this week, you will have the chance to view a Catholic meteor shower. The Perseids, also known as "the tears of St. Lawrence," peak this week. LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) - The Perseids are a Catholic meteor shower. This means they are closely associated ... continue reading


Unexpected heroes of the sea - 'Observers were clearly puzzled' Watch

Image of Humpback whales fight orcas to the death.

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Researchers are baffled by humpback whale behavior after the usually friendly giants begin rescuing animals from orcas. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Marine ecologist Robert Pitman witnessed a pod of killer whales hunting a Weddell seal in Antarctica back in ... continue reading


Mystery 15 Year Quake Drought Raises Stakes In Cascadia MegaQuake Fears Watch

Image of Are we prepared for a major quake?

By Tony Johnson

In 2006, geologists feared the worst - they believed a megathrust earthquake was imminent in the Pacific Northwest.  Now in 2016, the Pacific Northwest may be revealing an alarming pattern of missing earthquakes in the same megathrust region that generates ... continue reading


Greenland just lost ONE TRILLION tonnes of ice Watch

Image of Researchers survey melting on Greenland.

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Greenland is melting faster than expected, as new data reveals. The ESA's Cryosat satellite has revealed Greenland lost over a trillion tonnes of ice between 2011 and 2014. LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) - Greenland has lost over a trillion metric tons (tonnes) ... continue reading


Why does ExxonMobil continue to spend millions on climate denial? Watch

Image of Exxon has been caught funding climate denial think tanks. That's not how science is supposed to work.

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

ExxonMobil spent more than $2 million on climate science denial in 2015, records reveal. LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) - ExxonMobil says it believes in climate change. Its executives probably believe it too, after all, they're smart people. But their profits ... continue reading


WE CAN FEED THE WORLD but choose to throw it away: Shocking truth behind U.S. waste Watch

Image of Food waste in the United States is estimated to be between 30-40 percent (sustainablog).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

The United States faces accusations of wasting enough food to put an end to hunger and increasing methane-producing landfill waste. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) website, the United States' food ... continue reading


Can you hear 'The Hum?' Only 2 percent of people can hear this mysterious sound (AUDIO) Watch

Image of Only 4 percent of the matter in the universe is directly observable.

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Two people out of every hundred can hear it. It's a strange, low grade humming noise coming from the Earth itself. They can't get away from it, they can't make it stop. And nobody knows why it's there. The call it "the hum" and it is one of the planet's most enigmatic ... continue reading


Scientists found a 1,700 mile crack across the USA. Here's what you need to know Watch

Image of Quakes can happen almost anywhere.

By Tony Johnson (California Network)

Is America at risk for Great earthquakes spanning across the full United States?  "Cracks Across America", in Rift zones, may conceal large fracture type faults where scientists may not be able to identify where these hidden fractures may unleash catastrophic ... continue reading


Is The Big One going to strike California TOMORROW? Watch

Image of Is The Big One about to hit California?

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

With the latest data on the San Andreas fault, it feels certain that California is about to experience The Big One. (Like tomorrow!) But is that what the data really shows? LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) - The world's most famous fault is the San Andreas. The ... continue reading


All Green News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

the FEED
by Catholic Online

Daily Readings

Reading 1, First Corinthians 1:1-9
1 Paul, called by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus, and ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 145:2-3, 4-5, 6-7
2 Day after day I shall bless you, I shall praise your name for ever and ... Read More

Gospel, Matthew 24:42-51
42 'So stay awake, because you do not know the day when your master is ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for August 25th, 2016 Image

St. Louis King of France
August 25: St. Louis, King of France, patron of Tertiaries, ... Read More