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

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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Seven Phrases You Can Never Say

“American comedian George Carlin first spoke about seven words that are taboo on television in 1972 with his monologue, ‘Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television.’ The words for which Carlin became famous seem relatively mundane nearly 50 years later: shit, piss, fuck, cunt, cocksucker, motherfucker, and tits. (See? Not so bad in 2021.) […]

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Maybe I’m Wrong

“You have likely heard this expression: We learn from our mistakes. The process of science assures that we—at least some of us—will continue along an educational path, up to and until we are no longer able capable of making relevant observations. At some point, of course, we will die and our species will go extinct. […]

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Colonizing the Multiverse

“It is pretty demoralizing to imagine there is an infinite number of Earths dealing with collapse of a world-level industrial civilization, runaway greenhouse, and loss of habitat for life on the planet. On the other hand, it’s inspiring to think that there is an infinite number of planet Earths that produced humans with empathy, compassion, […]

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You Had Me at the Bow

“What’s next? Perhaps you will continue to tolerate my overdeveloped work ethic and the attendant writing, speaking, and submitting to interviews. Universe willing, we will launch our proverbial leaky boat in the direction of a village in Vermont, where we will be welcomed by a dear friend and a dark, quiet forest. Sadly, we met […]

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