The end, it seems, is once again nigh. According to Professor Frank Fenner of the Australian National University the wheels of our demise are already in motion, and human life will be extinct in roughly 100 years.
Due to our relentless population rise and the increasing onset of global warming Fenner believes that we have already sealed our own fate as a species. “It’s an irreversible situation. I think it’s too late. I try not to express that because people are trying to do something, but they keep on putting it off,” said Fenner.
“Homo sapiens will become extinct within 100 years.” Of course, on the plus side, that means a whole century of oil drilling, tree felling and ice-cap melting high jinks to look forward now we know we are all doomed.
Fenner, a scientist who helped in the eradication of smallpox, believes that the fate suffered by the inhabitants of Easter Island could act as a microcosm of our greed-induced apocalypse. We'll all transform into large, weird, stone faces.
The inhabitants of the island also began with a slow population increase which eventually grew uncontrollably and let to the destruction of the ecosystem and subsequently to their demise, a situation much like the steady growth of the world population before the boom of industrialisation.
“We’ll undergo the same fate as the people on Easter Island. Climate change is just at the very beginning. But we're seeing remarkable changes in the weather already.”
“The Aborigines showed that without science and the production of carbon dioxide and global warming, they could survive for 40,000 or 50,000 years. But the world can’t. The human species is likely to go the same way as many of the species that we’ve seen disappear.”