The end of our civilization is conceivable

Before World Climate Conference
Climate researchers: the end of our civilization is conceivable

Shortly before the start of the world climate conference in Egypt, the Potsdam climate researcher Stefan Rahmstorf is skeptical – and even thinks the end of our civilization is conceivable.

The Potsdam climate researcher Stefan Rahmstorf warns of the end of civilization if climate collapse occurs. “Humans will certainly not die out, but I can already imagine the end of civilization as we know it,” said the physicist and oceanographer at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in the “Tagesspiegel” (Thursday): “I’m not sure how stable our social order is when crop failures, famine and mass migration occur on a larger scale.”

As early as 2007, the Scientific Advisory Board on Global Change of the federal government an expert report on the “Security Risk of Climate Change” was drawn up, which also dealt with such risks. “We have warned of the collapse of fragile states after extreme events, as happened years later after the record drought in Syria happened,” said Rahmstorf.

Against this background, he has been wondering for decades why we climate protection get stuck, said Rahmstorf, who was one of the lead authors of the 4th report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in 2007. He is increasingly coming to the conclusion that it is lobby groups that have been shown to have spent hundreds of millions of dollars to raise doubts about climate science.

Many media had been taken in by this propaganda and had uncritically spread “climate sceptic” nonsense. “As if there were a serious professional debate. The public discourse is still light years away from the scientific one,” criticized Rahmstorf. The next world climate conference will take place from November 6th to 18th in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt.


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