‘We’re doomed’: Mayer Hillman on the climate reality no one else will dare mention | Environment | The Guardian

We’re doomed,” says Mayer Hillman with such a beaming smile that it takes a moment for the words to sink in. “The outcome is death, and it’s the end of most life on the planet because we’re so dependent on the burning of fossil fuels. There are no means of reversing the process which is melting the polar ice caps. And very few appear to be prepared to say so.”

Hillman, an 86-year-old social scientist and senior fellow emeritus of the Policy Studies Institute, does say so. His bleak forecast of the consequence of runaway climate change, he says without fanfare, is his “last will and testament”. His last intervention in public life. “I’m not going to write anymore because there’s nothing more that can be said,” he says when I first hear him speak to a stunned audience at the University of East Anglia late last year.

From Malthus to the Millennium Bug, apocalyptic thinking has a poor track record. But when it issues from Hillman, it may be worth paying attention. Over nearly 60 years, his research has used factual data to challenge policymakers’ conventional wisdom. In 1972, he criticised out-of-town shopping centres more than 20 years before the government changed planning rules to stop their spread. In 1980, he recommended halting the closure of branch line railways – only now are some closed lines reopening. In 1984, he proposed energy ratings for houses – finally adopted as government policy in 2007. And, more than 40 years ago, he presciently challenged society’s pursuit of economic growth.

via ‘We’re doomed’: Mayer Hillman on the climate reality no one else will dare mention | Environment | The Guardian

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  1. Partial pressure co2 in the atmosphere is now 400ppm. We burn 5 quadrillion barrels of oil a year. Some fool may say co2 was 7000 in the cambrian but humans did not live then. We hac unique physiological tolerences. We are all going insane. I think when co2 is 425 everybody on earth will be so demented they will not be able to think right, function, or be rational any more. Most are insane pack animals that follow more insane alpha monkeys that tell everyone to murder and massacre each other anyway. When u add up the heavy metal, the chemicals, the radionuclides, the methane, carbon monoxide that we breath eat and drink it is well beyond wht all humans can tolerate and stay sane. It is so far out of any normal range of normal functioning. IT is into the range of poisoning, lethality, cognitive dysfunction, massive morbidity, we think therefore we are, and soon we will not think and therefore we will not be.

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