The speed at which mankind has used the Earth’s resources over the past 20 years has put “humanity’s very survival” at risk, a study involving 1,400 scientists has concluded.
The environmental audit, for the United Nations, found that each person in the world now requires a third more land to supply his or her needs than the Earth can supply.
Thirty per cent of amphibians, 23 per cent of mammals and 12 per cent of birds are under threat of extinction, while one in ten of the world’s major rivers runs dry every year before it reaches the sea.
The bleak verdict on the environment was issued as an “urgent call for action” by the United Nations Environment Programme, which said that the “point of no return” was fast approaching.
It seems to me this problem is easily corrected by simply eliminating one-third of the human population. Don't we have something that threatens to wipe out large populations popping up every other day?
Even if we manage to survive pandemic flu, West Nile virus and SuperBug infections, rampant environmental disasters would break down our institutions and civilization would collapse. The survivors would not have the numbers or the infrastructure to do much damage after that. The problem is self-correcting. Although things would be very bad, enough of humanity would survive to screw things up another day.