War, famine, strife, extinction: scientists warn planet approaching a ‘tipping point’ of an apocalyptic nature

June 6, 2012EARTHEarth is rapidly headed toward a catastrophic breakdown if humans don’t get their act together, according to an international group of scientists. Writing Wednesday (June 6) in the journal Nature, the researchers warn that the world is headed toward a tipping point marked by extinctions and unpredictable changes on a scale not seen since the glaciers retreated 12,000 years ago. “There is a very high possibility that by the end of the century, the Earth is going to be a very different place,” study researcher Anthony Barnosky told LiveScience. Barnosky, a professor of integrative biology from the University of California, Berkeley, joined a group of 17 other scientists to warn that this new planet might not be a pleasant place to live. “You can envision these state changes as a fast period of adjustment where we get pushed through the eye of the needle,” Barnosky said. “As we’re going through the eye of the needle, that’s when we see political strife, economic strife, war and famine.” Barnosky and his colleagues reviewed research on climate change, ecology and Earth’s tipping points that break the camel’s back, so to speak. At certain thresholds, putting more pressure on the environment leads to a point of no return, Barnosky said. Suddenly, the planet responds in unpredictable ways, triggering major global transitions. The most recent example of one of these transitions is the end of the last glacial period. Within not much more than 3,000 years, the Earth went from being 30 percent covered in ice to its present, nearly ice-free condition. Most extinctions and ecological changes (goodbye, woolly mammoths) occurred in just 1,600 years. Earth’s biodiversity still has not recovered to what it was. Today, Barnosky said, humans are causing changes even faster than the natural ones that pushed back the glaciers — and the changes are bigger. Driven by a 35 percent increase in atmospheric carbon dioxide since the start of the Industrial Revolution, global temperatures are rising faster than they did back then, Barnosky said. Likewise, humans have completely transformed 43 percent of Earth’s land surface for cities and agriculture, compared with the 30 percent land surface transition that occurred at the end of the last glacial period. Meanwhile, the human population has exploded, putting ever more pressure on existing resources. -MSNBC
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71 Responses to War, famine, strife, extinction: scientists warn planet approaching a ‘tipping point’ of an apocalyptic nature

  1. Marybell says:

    By the end of the century? I won’t be here

  2. James H says:

    Hey Alvin there was an earthquake off the coast of Ireland ……mag 4 very strange for there
    things are warming up for sure

    • We’re moving into the next stage of a planetary crisis and the spectral diffusion of seismic activity acoss the globe is another indicator of that. Christ didn’t warn of earthquakes as a sign in the last days, as the world has always had earthquakes but instead he said ‘earthquakes in different places.’ Matthew 24:7 We also had another 5.1 earthquake in Siberia, where the magnetic pole is migrating.

      • Shaun says:

        Yeah there was a aftershck in that same region of 4.7 thought it to be a funny place for a quake.Although I know its possible just akward, I think think the poles are beginning to shift the same way

      • Shaun says:

        I do have a question regarding all the seismic activity up in Alaska is this normal for that area just seems alot going on in the region?

      • A lot of it is related to magnetic north pole deviation. Alaskan geology is extremely dangerous. The region has produced the second highest magnitude earthquakes ever recorded on the planet and the largest tsunami ever witnessed- 524 meters or (1742 ft) high.

        This is not a place to be when these changes worsen.

      • Laura says:

        Prophecy is being fulfilled right before our eyes all the way down to the fact people will not admit this is true and continue in their sins and willful ways. sigh i wish people would listen but such is the nature of man.

      • freedomforme says:

        You said something about Alaskan geology being extremely dangerous. I have family up there. You said,”This is not a place to be when these changes worsen.” When do you suspect that will be and what part of Alaska would be considered unsafe right now?.

      • This is future- not present. You’ll know because there will be a dramatic escalation of geologic activity. Nothing will happen in an instant. When it does worsen in the region, that is the time to heed the warning signs and leave. I can’t pin-point times when the planet will convulse in specific regions. I only know the geology of the region ranks this as propably one of the most hazardous regions on Earth. The point is if people don’t see a problem brewing with the planet as a whole now, the more complacent they are likely to become in the future and are less likely to comprehend the magnitude of the impending dangers. That’s why it’s vital they awaken now.

      • wibbys1 says:

        Yes Alvin, absolutely. The KJV says in divers places. A very potent word for this scripture as it means here, there and places you would not expect.

  3. Wow what a year 2012 is nevermind end of century how about this year so much going on!!!

  4. kim o slonee says:

    everything just scares me to death,,,I love you Jesus pls help this world pls help us all,,,Amen!!!

  5. Sam Beckett says:

    Huh…one could logically argue we are beyond the tipping point. Millions of dead fish, birds, & so on the past 12 months…natural disasters are continually rising, & we humans have played a major part in this. Our oceans, land, lakes, & so on are disgusting…just a waste dump to many people. Humans have become far too arrogant, ignorant, greedy, selfish, etc…just look at the HUGE economic rift between people like I & the rich & that rift keeps growing. While the rich get richer, we get poorer…despite that I do not use credit cards, have not been to the movies in over 2 years, eat frozen dinners, & so on…5 years ago things were better but the company I worked for went out of business. I work 2 jobs now but the price of everything has gone ridiculously up…anyways despite the warnings, the protests…it falls upon deaf ears. It is human nature not to change until brought to their knees. This apocalyptic change this article mentions is inevitable..if one survives or not…is trivial, all that matters is you live to be good now..so you can be accepted by God. Live by Gods word, treat everybody with kindness, respect & live regardless of who they are..always take the high road & so on

    • Michele B. says:

      Very true, Sam!

    • charles says:

      It good to find someone with the same mind. I just wish everyone else shared some of our views. The world would be a better place for all. It is comforting not to be alone in the
      way I think, especially when you believe your views are the right views, for the survival of humanity.

    • Bobi says:

      Sam, I could not have said it better. You are right on and only God can help us now… Be strong in the word and live each day with love and peace in your heart……

      • Sam Beckett says:

        At times, it can be struggle each day to stay positive, to see the good in each person..to not let the world push you down & keep you down…to get up, keep pushing on & staying positive, focused, on doing right regardless of how you are treated, what others tell you, etc..I am in no way perfect nor am I stating I am anywhere close to it….just nice to express myself & see others out there…If we stand for nothing, we die for nothing

    • wibbys1 says:

      Sam, I have studied the Book of Revelation for many years and always wondered how all these horrors could come about and “why would God” etc. The last few years I have begun to see that just as you said, WE will bring most of it on ourselves, Bombs, starvation, wars, pollution, the sea life dying—God did it? Give it a rest people! HUMANS, greed, et al.
      Thanks Sam, good thoughts

      • merle says:

        Quite simply, God gave us “free will.” How then is God ever to blame???

      • Sam Beckett says:

        It is very difficult to not blame God when bad things are happening to us & others…because logically, why would a loving good God let us suffer, etc..? I struggled with that for several years after watching my dad die from cancer in front of my mom, & I…I will never forget listening & watching the ECG machine slowly flatline…I was just 18. Our logic cannot understand 100% of Gods logic. To be human is to suffer at times, to be tested, etc..I agree with you it is our own doing in the situation we as civilization find ourselfs in, we are given free will…& to earn a spot in heaven, we must follow God, do good, be good, respect & love others regardless of how they treat us, etc….

    • Artoro says:

      Sam, I have been truly blessed, and so to have you. We will get by… Very well said.

    • wendy says:

      Beautifully expressed and very sad. Thank you :)

    • tonic says:

      Completely agree with you Sam. Sometimes I wonder if the “tipping point” through Gods eyes was reached a long time ago. We seems to be losing a lot. Like gifts being taken back.

  6. Richard Queener says:

    This year Europe had the coldest winter in many decades, Is the north pole gradually slipping south toward Russia?

  7. Dan Sherwood says:

    They are getting the sheeple use to hearing doomsday prognosticating. When you put a beyond our lifetime twist on it. It makes it easy to ignore. You cover your bases in every area and then no one can accuse you of not warning the populace. Not that you can really blame them, if they were to come right out with the truth, folks would just jump straight into panic mode and then we would have a catastrophe already in progress when the real stuff hits the fan. Plan Now, Prep Hard and Study and Know the Truth.

    • Stewart says:

      I agree Dan. It’s a subtle way of saying something without saying it. The time line is simply to keep panic from ensuing. People read it and go right back to the reality T.V. shows and their fantasy world. Reality is going to be a real slap in the face when it all comes undone.

  8. Dennis E. says:

    By the end of the century………They are being too generous……

  9. Michele B. says:

    Hey Alvin, pretty much what you’ve been saying all along, huh? I wonder how much mainstream air time this will garner?

    • Thanks Michele. That’s exactly what I’ve been saying since 2009 and was called an ‘alarmist‘ and a ‘fear-mongerer.’ My my, the times; how they are a changing! Let’s hope the masses take heed.

      Alvin

      • Artoro says:

        Alvin:

        I tell all who will listen. My associates refer to me as the “doomsday guy” but they do like to listen and laugh. And although some laugh it off, I can tell some are getting it because faces talk.

      • When things escalate, they will remember you; trust me.

        Keep the torch burning,
        Alvin

      • Stewart says:

        You’re exactly right Alvin. Your book is spot on with all of these issues. The world is going to fall hard for when the real deception begins and weird things start appearing all over the world at the same time. The U.S. was looking for savior in 2008 and the world will be looking for one soon. Problem is they will be looking to the evil entities instead of the ONE TRUE SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST!!!

  10. Martin says:

    I love the way some scientist tell us this like is no big deal in the end of the century yeah right they just like to tell us it wont happen sooner soo it’s no big deal now yeah right, the catastrophe around the globe are accelerating at fast pace! the prossess is ;already underway soo it’s too late to prepare, soo be lazy , wait t’ill the end of the century

  11. Kimberly says:

    Alvin,

    I’ve been lurking on this site for a while now. Just wanted to tell you thanks for all the great work you do. All these unsettling word events have made me draw even closer to our Creator and focus on what is really important in this life. Thanks for keeping us informed. God bless you.

  12. Kimberly says:

    “world” events

  13. I’ll ditto Kimberly’s comments as well, Alvin. God bless you for the hard work you do in collecting and presenting all this amazing information!

  14. scott embry says:

    The planet is fine…. its the people thats f*****

  15. Barry says:

    Thank you for all your hard work. God bless.

  16. ?????? says:

    lmao im srry but really? “god” isnt going to help anyone, we need to help ourselves and u people need to stop turning to “god” to fix our problems and start doing something to help our planet because sitting on yur knees and talking in your head to “god” isnt going to solve the problems we r facing. you need to stop dividing people by religion, race and social standing and we all need to stand together to face what our world is coming to. a bible isnt going to protect u from what is happining to our world, but being aware of what is happing and preparing yourself might, im going to stop now b4 i go on a 10 page rant about “religion” and the “good” it has brought everyone…..

    • wayne says:

      ?????? my dear friend because man being the one who is destroying his world how is then that man can repair that which he is loving to destroy,,he cannot and will not,,another point is that God does not approve of,,religion,,another point being is that since man is fallible who then should we believe to help those of us to mend our planet,surely not man,so then it must be the creator of our planet who just happens to be YAHWEH being God,,another point being is that if you can find a passage in the bible that is wrong in its prediction and bring it forth then you will surely have a valid point to stand on and an argument of sound reason.evidence is everything and all i say here is said with the deepest of love.may the Lord oh Hosts enter your Heart.peace to you.

    • Artoro says:

      ??????

      Not so in my personal walk… In time all will be revealed. May peace be with you.

    • straw people says:

      I feel sorry for you ??????? Person, god has already helped each an everyone of us through the blood of jesus, And the bible….GODS WORD not only protects but instructs us on how to prepare and live in this life, reguardless of what we can or cannot do to improve the world, when im talking to god tonight in “my head” I will ask him to send the holy spirit your way. …..god bless….also love the site ,keep up the good work alvin. …….

    • charles says:

      I agree with your statement 100%. This is man-made problem that requires a man-made solution. What this means is changing the way most, if not all people think. This problem was not created overnight, so the answer will not come that way. On the flip side of that coin if a person have to turn to religion in order to right unto others, and our only home, then let it be. This is just my opinion, and you know what they have to say about opinions…..

    • nickk0 says:

      ???????, I will say this.

      Whether Mankind waits for G-d to save the Earth or not – Is no excuse, for the DESTRUCTION, and INACTION to resolve the on-going abuse, of our home.
      If we want to help preserve the healthy ecology and biology of our planet, then Mankind, NEEDS TO DO HIS PART, to “keep the house in order”.
      This will go for all of us, whether we claim to be Christians, or Muslims, or Buddhists, etc.

      If my house needs a new roof, I am not going to wait for G-d to do it for me.
      He may help provide the means, but He won’t fix the roof.

      This ^ is a simple fact, and I am afraid, that it is lost upon many who call themselves Christians. :(

    • pagan66 says:

      ?????? – Seriously now, the first step in becoming religiously tolerant & to stop race & culture divisions is to respect other people & their beliefs & being inflammatory isnt usually conducive to being taken seriously. It is great that your eyes are opening to certain Truths yet respect, love & light are more important still. You will see.

      Faith is a wonderful thing, the belief I have in my God is precious to me & in return She gives me the courage to get through each & every day. I don’t just speak to Her in my head either, I pray aloud too & on occasion I even sing & dance at the same time lol.

      Peace & blessings upon your journey

      • "Dreamtime" Dreamings says:

        Well said Pagan66 ! (i notice you always put in a word for UNITY in Diversity, respect and tolerance for the Global Community) Even believing we can survive without remembering the force that creates and gives us life shows we are OUT OF BALANCE WITH NATURE. Survival depends on BALANCE and reverence for the Creator. Who lights a lamp for the God force? Who stops to thank the God force for every day and all the sweet little blessings that come our way? But then, this is the age of darkness and this is how it is meant to be, and we are all at different evolutionary levels with different capacity to understand the eternal Truth … Only God is eternal – everything else comes and goes! I started following Earth Changes reports/newsletter in the 1980’s … there is a belief that most of humanity will wake up at the last hour. Once i asked a Yogi, why is there so much suffering in India? He replied, “it gives people a chance to remember the Lord”

      • pagan66 says:

        Thank you Dreamtime. You write powefully & with truth. Without love there is no light without light there is only darkness. To love & respect each other & our belief in the Divine, no matter which name or shape that takes is one of the eternal Truths. Only love, light & respect will light our way through the dark times ahead.

        Peace & love

    • ONTHEMARK55 says:

      ?????? I want you to think about 2 examples. #1 George Carlin #2 Bill Mahar, Both were men who believed at one time and then lost their “Religon”. Compare their early years to their later years, honestly, compare for yourself, not to prove or disprove. and see if they seem angry at the world(or something)now and went from funny/edgy to bitter/harsh. Also, listen for any solutions or real ideas that will change things for the better or are they just “divisive”. Oh, have you ever “really” read the Bible, Really read it, by yourself? No you haven’t. Someday, when your all ranted out, you hate the world and everything and everyone in it, pick it up and give it a looksee, what have you got to lose? It worked for me! p.s. Keep reading the blog, no one said you had to agree, maybe by talking we’ll “fix” things, God could use the break! God bless and keep you

    • Marshallrn says:

      It’s not that I agree with the views of religion this guys has, but I do see how a bible can save you if you need saving. Yet to give no regard to what religions have done and the good that comes with the bad. Religion is not something to scaf at. I’m not super committed to any religion, yet I say put a bible from any religion in you go bag, even next to a deck of cards and tuning fork.

  17. john j says:

    The bible states the earth abided for ever It talks about a war with Russia and Iran and Syria and Egypt all coming against Israel, and one third of the grasses being burnt up and one third of the trees’ being burnt up and one third of the oceans turning to blood and 5/6 of those armies be destroyed and their be burying the dead for seven months .But the earth abidet for ever .So all this talk about the earth being destroyed on Dec 21-2012 is a lot of bunk Thats why Christ said I will cut the days short If I don’t there will be no one left to save

    • The mayans never said the earth would be destroyed they said it would be the birth of a new age and like any birth it would be accompanied by pain and bloodshed… there is a significant difference between the two. I know a lot of christians want to disregaard it completely using reasoning such as no one will know the day or the hour… but thats fallible because that verse refers to the day and hour of the coming of christ. shortly after that verse the bible makes it clear that we will know the season. winter solstice could just be the beginning of the season my brothers. . and there are some very good astronomical observations you should consider before throwing anything not written in Christian doctrine out the window. I am a Christian in the sense that i serve the christ. however there is a lot more to human history and perspective than the new testament and i utilize all the tools god has given me. Especially the use of my individualized thought processes. god bless.

  18. Jesse says:

    I should go play Fallout 3 and brush up on my survival skills for we will all need them very soon.

  19. Elle says:

    Food for thought if the glare of the sun off the water is to brighte for the eyes and the hot to the skin. All the solar panels on the earth reflex back to the sun what it haves to us. Would this not make our sun burn hotter then before having its own rays of heat reflexed back at it. Just a thought , keep listening to what man saids is right is only showing us it is wrong.

  20. Ali says:

    Humans are a nasty bacteria and deserve to be wiped out!

  21. Granny Bear says:

    All My Relatives

    Today I went to a fabric store, as indulging in fiber arts and caring for human children, and plants, and on days when I have energy and strength, caring for animals, too, are the activities that nourish and give strength to my spirit. Every time that I go to any of four or five specific locations, I have the opportunity to talk with others (women, usually, and rarely younger than 60 or so, unless it is a youngster needing some guidance). Today I was feeling such sorrow thinking of how the little ones are suffering (Ukraine, Belorussia, Somalia, Syria and on and on ) and how they will suffer more., no matter what I do.

    What I noticed is that these other Grandmothers are doing what I do. We stitch love and comfort and strength and worthiness into gifts such as baby quilts and bigger quilts for bigger kids. Weaving and knitting and crochet and spinning all require a nurturing state of mind and spirit, in order for the gift to be infused with the love that we Grandmothers intend, and wish, and pray for, for all the children to know even in that pre-verbal center of self awareness. We mostly make quilts as they surround a child in the warm concern and attention of a child’s ancestors. This bit of security can even infuse the sleeping one’s dreams. A quilt that is stitched with good intent, will be good. It can help to make a child safe and comfortable, wherever the little one is.

    This time there were only three of us. Me, a Great Grandma of 71 and one Elder Great Grandmother of 88. I spoke aloud that in my sadness I feared that this poor Earth would not be habitable long enough for the babies we each were sewing for, to grow up. These two lovely good hearted women looked at me and one spoke and said “No it won’t. But Scripture tells us we must live it through.” And that is the message I heard today.

    Does Scripture indeed say that? Where? Is that a command? Or is it merely a suggestion of how to avoid insanity when facing the inevitable? Or both. I don’t remember reading those words. i do remember deciding 53 years ago, when I was ten, to do just exactly that. Only now, after hearing someone say this to me, out loud, I’m not sure I understand, after all. Does “live it through” mean the same thing to everyone?

    Thank you

    • merle says:

      Mat 24:10-14 (NIV) “At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase in wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but he who endures to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.” I believe this means to love goodness and keep love of fellow man no matter how hard that may be, when things in our world get rough, and loving one another is the hardest thing to do. For those of us who can still love our fellow man and keep our faith, will make it to God’s kingdom of heaven. Obviously this will be an arduous task for some!

    • nickk0 says:

      Granny Bear – Those are excellent rhetorical questions.
      I had to ponder and ‘digest’ this.

      I do not know, if “live it through” means the same thing to everyone, or not.
      But I will say this.
      According to what I have read about the Hopi religious ‘prophecies’ or traditions – if I am understanding them correctly – They seem somewhat ambiguous, in that they provide “two different paths” with different outcomes, depending upon the path chosen.

      This seems to be in contrast (??) with most major Western religious prophesies, which seems to ‘predefine’ and predict certain events.

      Superficially, one might be led to think that, the Hopi ‘prophesies’ and Western Religious traditions / prophesies, are ‘diametrically opposed’ to one another. HOWEVER, this is not necessarily the case !!
      ** I think the key lesson, is that the Hopi Traditions/Prophesies were more concerned with Mankind’s RESPONSE to future / tragic events – The way people RESPOND in the occurrence of these ‘events’, whatever they might be, is WHAT will help DETERMINE the ‘path’ or the ‘outcome’. **

      This brings up a second, and perhaps more important, point – regarding the Hopi prophesies and ‘two different paths’.
      This is not just about ‘two different paths’, but two ‘different groups of people’ :
      Some, will seek to redress the damage done to the planet & its people, in the aftermath of events.
      Others, will seek to ‘restore the system’ to its former glory after such ‘events’- Kind of like ‘restoring Rome to its former glory’, if you will.

      As more & more disasters & tragic events strike, how should we expect these leaders (or ANYONE with a ‘vested interest’ in the system) to respond to those who would attempt to redress the wrongs ?
      Ref. to Rev.12:12. “But woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has gone down to you! He is filled with fury, because he knows that his time is short.”

      ** We can see the early stages of such division today.
      For an example, take a look at the desperate attempt of the Bankers and European / world leaders, to keep the Eurozone intact, in its current guise….. Wrapping on layer after layer after layer of Duct Tape, figuratively speaking.

      So then, according to what most Western religious prophesies are saying, the ‘DUCT TAPE REPAIR’ of current world systems – Political, financial, etc. – Are All in Vain, and will all Fail in the end, anyway.

      In the meantime, we should do what we can, whether large or small, to help redress the wrongs – So that we leave a planet for future generations to enjoy. It may make the difference.

  22. Gail says:

    Of course, the end of the century is convenient. When nothing happens, the liars who uttered their global warming hoax misstatements will all be dead. They won’t be held accountable. Sounds like plenty of far far left readers commenting on this article.

  23. sKeptical citizen says:

    I dont believe in the glowbal warming greenie tipping point nonsense. The fact is everything in on or around the planet is a natural thing. Its likely that half of those things like a snakes poison or gas from a volcanic vent, can be harmful to organic life . However they are natural just the same. And since you cant take something and make it into nothing or take nothing and make it into something . How is man creating anything new? and add to this the fact that for every action there is a equal & opposite reaction. Its a wash. Even Steven. Mans activities are really only temporarly rearranging that what is ,has and always will be present in one form or another. The planet will eventually recycle everything somehow,someway,sometime. The activities of man have no real or lasting effect on the planet. The poles are gonna shift no matter what man does or doesnt do. The poles would be shifting and the planet doing what its doing even if man has never walked upon the planet. There isnt any need to panic or be afraid or to take drastic measures. As long as each person doesnt do things that would endanger their soul everything will be OK. Actually its a exciting time to be alive on the planet. Think about it the end of an age! Embrace and try to enjoy the adventure. If your a good person your soul will survive even if your body doesnt. You are not your body your just merely using it for a short time.

  24. 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.” -WND

    http://www.wnd.com/2012/06/the-world-as-we-know-it-is-about-to-end/

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