This brutal creature is wiping out everything besides itself

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Media Type: News / Op - Ed

Date of Publication: May 22, 2019

Author(s): Carl Safina

Newspaper: CNN

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Something is wrong with humanity. We have a broken relationship with the world.

After decades of inaction to slow climate warming that’s causing sea level rise, sea levels are — wait for it — rising. A new report projects worse than previous predictions (due to aforementioned inaction), possibly 6 feet in this century.
It could swamp large proportions of cities like New York and Shanghai, as well as island nations, and other places where seawater could displace a newly estimated 187 million people (four times the number of immigrants living in the US). It would be “catastrophic,” scientists warn — meaning, of course, that the United States will ignore it.
This report follows on the heels of one early this month from the United Nations estimating that roughly one million species face extinction because of us.
The United Nations — or at least the chairman of the panel issuing the report, Robert Watson — doesn’t seem to grasp how bad this is. “The most important thing isn’t necessarily that we’re losing … 1 million species — although that’s important, don’t misunderstand me,” said Watson, a British chemist. “The bigger issue is the way it will affect human well-being, as we’ve said many times — food, water, energy, human health.”
Caring only about people is why we have these problems affecting nature and people. Not caring about nature is degrading the entire planet and its life-supporting systems, causing suffering and misery to life in every corner of the world. Endangering just 100 species constitutes an emergency. Eradicating a million is a catastrophe. And it’s well under way.
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  • Steven Earl Salmony

    When it comes to acquiring the best available scientific knowledge of human population dynamics/overpopulation, it appears that many too many experts in leading professional societies and top rank scientists on high level panels inside and outside the community of science itself are ceasing to function properly by ignoring and omitting heretofore uncontested findings of apparently unforeseen ecological research of human population dynamics/overpopulation. They are refusing to speak out and, by so doing, failing to accept responsibilities and perform duties associated with their recognized professional expertise and public standing. Their willful silence is forsaking science and humanity by effectively delaying the development of “the shared body of knowledge scientists are working to build.” Suppression of unfalsified scientific evidence of human population dynamics cannot be construed as either ethical or somehow right because it anathematizes intellectual honesty, moral courage, the evolution of science, and the gathering momentum required for making necessary, biophilic behavioral changes while there is still time.