Author Archives: Guy McPherson

Dr. Guy McPherson is an internationally recognized speaker, award-winning scientist, and one of the world’s leading authorities on abrupt climate change leading to near-term human extinction. He is professor emeritus at the University of Arizona, where he taught and conducted research for 20 years. His published works include 16 books and hundreds of scholarly articles. Dr. McPherson has been featured on television and radio and in several documentary films. He is a blogger and social critic who co-hosts his own radio show, “Nature Bats Last.” Dr. McPherson speaks to general audiences across the globe, and to scientists, students, educators, and not-for-profit and business leaders who seek their best available options when confronting Earth’s cataclysmic changes. Visit McPherson’s Author Page at (Author Head Shot Augment: René Laanen.)

Between The Devil & The Deep Blue Sea

“Inconveniently, Earth is headed for a dead ocean. As founder of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society Paul Watson has repeatedly said, “if the oceans die, we die.” After all, life on Earth originated in the ocean. According to an 8 April 2020 paper in Nature by Trisos and colleagues: ‘We project that future disruption of ecological assemblages as a result of […]

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Peak Oil Has Gone Away (NOT)

“Conventional oil peaked in the United States in 1970. It was clear the US was no longer the world’s swing supplier in 1972. Shortly thereafter, OPEC was formed to ensure that political power remained with the most important material every discovered for sustaining civilization: oil. Among the consequences of the US passing peak oil were […]

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Disasterpants: Everything’s Ablaze, Always & Forever

“I’ll cut to the chase. The gist of Becker’s short essay is contained within the latter half of a single paragraph: ‘All human systems are enormous trash fires. Every single one, no matter how pretty it looked from the outside, or how enchanting those first gossamer months were, will eventually prove to be a goddamn […]

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Dr. McPherson & The Three (Purportedly Chinese) Curses

“The odds of my making a comeback along the path to informing people about abrupt, irreversible climate change leading to near-term human extinction are considerably lower than any comeback we can expect from Edward Snowden, Julian Assange, or Chelsea Manning. As a result, nearly 8 billion people will not know, until it’s too late to matter, […]

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Mass Extinction is Well Under Way

“Obviously, not everyone agrees that a Mass Extinction Event is under way. The ongoing, rampant denial is based on at least four factors: 1) contemporary people are generally ignorant about science; 2) these people are not particularly bright; 3) people lie to themselves and others to enhance their own comfort; and 4) vertebrate animals tend […]

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Alternatives to Despair: Stages 6 and 7 of Grieving

“As with many other people, my interests overlap those of Kübler-Ross. My interests include how we respond to death as individuals and extend to how we respond to near-term human extinction, which includes the deaths of all humans. In other words, my interests begin with how we respond as individuals to the idea of our own deaths as part […]

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Climate Change: Abrupt & Irreversible

“2019 was a banner year for the IPCC as it concluded climate change is abrupt and irreversible. After the occasional report by the corporate media during the standard, 15-second news cycle, this critically important information was relegated to the dustbin. Apparently, ‘news’ about sports and celebrities is far more important to mainstream media outlets than […]

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The Importance of Arctic Sea Ice to Life on Earth

“With the extinction of our species comes not only the stripping away of atmospheric ozone, but also the rapid loss of aerosol masking and therefore a stunningly rapid rate of environmental change. In other words, Homo sapiens has inadvertently become the most important species in the history of the planet: We alone can trigger extinction of life […]

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Looking to Place Blame?

“Of course, I would love to be wrong about all this information. I do not want our species to go extinct, and I certainly do not want us to take all life on Earth with us. In light of this perspective, which you probably share, we have a few alternative routes. First, and easiest, we […]

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No may. No might. Only is.

“As I have been reporting for a few years in this space, anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases have led to abrupt, irreversible climate change. We’ve been warned about this outcome for decades. As ancient Chinese Philosopher Lao Tzu reportedly said, ‘If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.’ We did not change […]

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