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Can Human Civilization Continue Indefinitely?


Science & Tech  (tags: earth, humans, race, extinction, sustainability, immortal, study, science, research, environment )

Giana
- 268 days ago - uk.news.yahoo.com
Human beings have altered the Earth so much that human extinction is a real possibility if people continue on their current path. But if they can figure out a way to live sustainably, at least some human civilizations could become quasi-immortal.



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John Gregoire (255)
Sunday December 22, 2013, 5:42 am
Of course not as we are moving the planet beyond its carrying capacity at an alarming rate.
 

Natasha Salgado (520)
Sunday December 22, 2013, 6:24 am
I'm more concerned with the loss of animal life. It's appalling the rate which humans are killing off our precious animals...and our forests too. Not much too look forward to without nature in my opinion. Thanks
 

Bob P. (427)
Sunday December 22, 2013, 6:29 am
not as we know it but then we have made such a mess of the world perhaps its time to see it come to a near end and start over
 

Ben Oscarsito (337)
Sunday December 22, 2013, 6:54 am
Yes of course. All we need is 3 more Planets Earth...
 

cecily w. (0)
Sunday December 22, 2013, 9:40 am
The most basic step in improving the chances of human civilization(s) becoming perpetual is to RIGHT NOW stabilize, then gently reduce, human population growth almost everywhere. (A few countries already have the Total Fertility Rates necessary to do this with TFRs at or below 1.5.)

Although the U.S. rather recently decreased its Total Fertility Rate to 1.9, there is still a long way to go. Nearly 30% of U.S. women--and their male partners--still complete their families with three or more biological children. BUT elsewhere, the situation is even worse. For example, the Total Fertility Rate in Niger is 7.6.
 

Kerrie G. (135)
Sunday December 22, 2013, 9:48 am
Noted, thanks.
 

Allan Yorkowitz (453)
Sunday December 22, 2013, 10:00 am
Great line in the article: "We are central to the story." It doesn't get more basic than this.
 

Dave C. (214)
Sunday December 22, 2013, 11:49 am
of course not, eventually in billions of years our star will burn out and turn into a red giant and engulf our planet....the question is how long can we keep any and all life alive on earth....or can we ever develop the technology to go find a new home....not counting on that....there is no planet b for life, we better take care of the planet we have...
 

Roger Garin-michaud (62)
Sunday December 22, 2013, 11:54 am
nothing lasts for ever...
 

Sharon W. (4)
Sunday December 22, 2013, 12:38 pm
We will see.
 

Stardust Noel (52)
Sunday December 22, 2013, 12:46 pm
I care about animal life most , but we won't, because we are killing wildlife as fast as we can, & destroying the environment as fast as we can.
 

Mary Donnelly (47)
Sunday December 22, 2013, 1:10 pm
It depends upon how we handle ourselves and our planet.
 

Marianne R. (101)
Sunday December 22, 2013, 1:29 pm
Can Human Civilization Continue Indefinitely?

Someone much smarter than me will have to answer this question
 

Birgit W. (144)
Sunday December 22, 2013, 1:52 pm
If we continue like right now, there won't be a future.
Maybe we should send out an SOS to all the aliens in the universe to rescue us. :-)
 

Barbara V. (51)
Sunday December 22, 2013, 2:12 pm
I HOPE TO HELL NOT.
 

Nelson Baker (0)
Sunday December 22, 2013, 2:38 pm
If we do not change, I believe we will make the planet unlivable for humans. If we do become extinct I believe in time the planet will renew itself. Then with the absence of mankind it will be a better world for any remaining life.
 

Janet R. (34)
Sunday December 22, 2013, 3:23 pm
I don't think so. There are simply too many humans on this earth and we are crowding out the other species. Many people just don't care. They are concerned with having the latest iphone or TV not whether human behavior without regard is the correct course for humans. I'm glad that I only have a few more decades left in my life because I think the future is bleak and will be filled with pain for all due to a scarcity of resources. I will be very happy if I am wrong.
 

Charlie Rush (54)
Sunday December 22, 2013, 5:47 pm
At the current rate, humans will deplete our planet of the necessities needed to keep us alive.
The population needs greatly reduced. We should no longer consider ourselves members of the Earth, with the idea that procreation is a necessity. Those days are long gone.

Religion does not assist in this endeavor, especially the Catholic Church, trying to limit birth control. Thank goodness, with education, many follow their brain and not their Church.
Big Business looks only for TODAY. Tomorrow means nothing to them, since, those here now, will not be here in the future.

 

John S. (303)
Monday December 23, 2013, 1:17 am
Indefinitely - everything comes to and end.
 

Winn Adams (192)
Monday December 23, 2013, 6:46 am
Thanks, who knows for sure . . . .
 

Jeaneen A. (129)
Monday December 23, 2013, 7:09 am
have to first become civilized and that can only happen when they treat animals with compassion and respect. First stop eating them, 2nd. stop using them for our so called needs and third stop hunting them.
 

Alexandra G. (221)
Monday December 23, 2013, 7:52 am
Who knows ...
 

Kathy Niell (98)
Monday December 23, 2013, 7:59 am
Look at mankind's historical record. How many so-called civilizations have gone extinct because they failed to wisely manage their habitat? I hate to be a pessimist, but I see little chance that we will change our ways. We will, no doubt, kill ourselves off and the earth will purify itself and go on without us.
 

Gary A L. (133)
Monday December 23, 2013, 8:18 am
in about three billion years the sun will become a red giant and the earth will cease to exist if we haven't figured out how to travel to other worlds you can bet we will be gone
 

Kamia T. (67)
Monday December 23, 2013, 10:46 am
There are scientific studies that clearly show mankind has almost been wiped out several times before in our limited history -- primarily to ice ages or other global catastrophes. It is only those who are resilient, plan ahead, and are willing to live closely in harmony with whatever is going on at the time that survived. That doesn't sound like most of humanity right now, does it?
 

Syd Henley (0)
Monday December 23, 2013, 11:51 am
One has to hope that the human beings on this planet, will soon be eradicated either through some natural catastrophe or by their own hand. It must also be hoped that this will happen BEFORE we manage to destroy all the other creatures that have the misfortune to be sharing the earth with us.
 

Wild Thang (9)
Monday December 23, 2013, 1:03 pm
When did it start, I must have missed it!
 

Helen Porter (40)
Monday December 23, 2013, 9:46 pm
Not with the rape of the arctic and the coming of those who will kill for their religion.

There's not a chance.
 

Alan Lambert (91)
Tuesday December 24, 2013, 1:34 am
CAN we last effectively up to the Big Crunch? Potentially, yes. Is it likely? Not at all. Humanity is more likely to kill ourselves off, or translate our consciousness into another form.
 

Karen Chestney (106)
Tuesday December 24, 2013, 2:25 am
Thanks....very interesting article.....alas...I don't hold out much hope for humans unless greed can be eradicated.
 

back soon no-mail (388)
Friday December 27, 2013, 2:40 pm
No need to panic, life here has a few hundred million years left. But would it make sense?
Thank you Giana.
 
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