Paul Ehrlich… Again?

Guest “implied facepalm” by David Middleton

Worried about Earth’s future? Well, the outlook is worse than even scientists can grasp
January 13, 2021 12.00am

Anyone with even a passing interest in the global environment knows all is not well. But just how bad is the situation? Our new paper shows the outlook for life on Earth is more dire than is generally understood.

The research published today reviews more than 150 studies to produce a stark summary of the state of the natural world. We outline the likely future trends in biodiversity decline, mass extinction, climate disruption and planetary toxification. We clarify the gravity of the human predicament and provide a timely snapshot of the crises that must be addressed now.

The problems, all tied to human consumption and population growth, will almost certainly worsen over coming decades. The damage will be felt for centuries and threatens the survival of all species, including our own.


Corey J. A. Bradshaw
Matthew Flinders Professor of Global Ecology and Models Theme Leader for the ARC Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage, Flinders University

Daniel T. Blumstein
Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, University of California, Los Angeles

Paul Ehrlich
President, Center for Conservation Biology, Bing Professor of Population Studies, Stanford University

The Conversation

I got this far…

We outline the likely future trends in biodiversity decline, mass extinction, climate disruption and planetary toxification.

Before I just had to find this…

This apocalyptical fantasy is loaded with hilarious factoids like this:

Our research also reviewed the current state of the global environment. While the problems are too numerous to cover in full here, they include:


about one million plant and animal species globally threatened with extinction.

The Conversation

All “plant and animal species” are “globally threatened with extinction.” Extinction, real extinction, by definition is global and way over 90% of the species that ever existed on Earth are already extinct…

Warning: Harsh language!

The combined mass of wild mammals today is less than one-quarter the mass before humans started colonising the planet.

The Conversation

Colonizing the planet? What, are we Martians?

Or are we actually descended from the passengers of Golgafrinchan Ark Fleet Ship B?

Of course the mass of wild mammals is smaller… We ate a lot of them, domesticated a lot of them and many just got smaller after the last Pleistocene glacial stage.

Insects are also disappearing rapidly in many regions

The Conversation

Not fast enough in my region. Besides, aren’t the Malthusians encouraging us to eat bugs to save the planet?

This bit made me break out George Carlin twice in the same post!

Consumption, as a percentage of Earth’s capacity to regenerate itself, has grown from 73% in 1960 to more than 170% today.

The Conversation

“Earth’s capacity to regenerate itself”? Earth has been regenerating itself for over 4 billion years.

Warning: Extremely harsh language!

This just boils down to another screed about why we need less people and no economic growth.

I could go on, but I’ll just leave you with this WUWT post, dedicated to Paul Ehrlich’s greatest hits misses:

Great moments in failed predictions

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January 14, 2021 6:15 pm

Just as well nobody takes Ehrlich seriously except for his like … even then they must raise an eyebrow !

Reply to  Streetcred
January 15, 2021 1:14 am

I’m concerned that his like are about to assume office in the US.

Reply to  StephenP
January 15, 2021 7:14 am

Yes. Fear and absolutes and hyperbole are very much the call of the day.
These people are on a roll. They are now much closer to enacting their crazy fear-based ideas, such as adopting China’s Social Credit concept, attempting to end fossil fuel production in the U.S. so we can supposedly go to wind and solar while actually providing energy-based favors behind the scene to Iran, China, etc., making us all switch to “organic” food, making us all be vegetarian, and so on.

We are about to see a big push for all of this.

Since the traditional “Democrat” party no longer has a platform, but is a coalition party mainly interested in political power and sustaining themselves, they can be pushed around by the more leftist elements in the coalition – the social justice warriors, Communists, etc.

Reply to  TheLastDemocrat
January 15, 2021 8:48 am

Just read about a congressional commission to “rein in” the media…

Reply to  TonyG
January 15, 2021 9:04 am

Controlling 90% of the media is never sufficient for communists.

Gary Pearse
Reply to  StephenP
January 15, 2021 9:31 am

Stephen, this is the kind of carp I anticipate will scuttle back out of the dark to flood the ‘scientific’ landscape – now that the cat is gone. It is a kind of pent-up supply. The hysterical blither of the content and comic inclusion of Paul Ehrlich in the fantasy shows that the dumbing down and plethora of asterisked PhDs particularly in the “clime syndicate” (h/t Mark Steyn) is the movements biggest threat to its own survival.

Trump basically single-handedly shut down Global Marxing of Climate recognizing it as another strategy to bring down America and he also planted the seeds for the collapse of Marxist enterprise in the EU. I don’t believe this genie can be put back in the bottle regardless of what the extreme left thinks.

If Joe Biden isn’t as diminished as people think, he will recognize that the Democrat Party core has had it with the “Summer of Love” riots, murder and destruction of cities and businesses and all other reckless acts of governors and legislators on the extreme left. He will have sober voices whispering in his ears already. Surely most can see that a renewal of a centrist Democrat Party is imminent, and while were at it, the exit of RINOS on the right (a no-brainer with a 75million strong endorsement of Trump’s brand.

Reply to  Streetcred
January 15, 2021 7:21 am

Ehrlich and the others, in what a world are they living, Absurdistan ?

Old Retired Guy
January 14, 2021 6:16 pm

Where are the cancel culture people when you really need them? And they could perform a useful purpose.

Reply to  Old Retired Guy
January 14, 2021 8:34 pm

They have donned their masks, aborting demos-cracy in darkness, behind a wall, at the Twilight fringe. One step forward, two steps backward.

Gunga Din
Reply to  n.n
January 15, 2021 9:40 pm

If I’m not mistaken the dialectic is “Two steps forward, one step back”.
It’s been going on for too long.
They lost more than just “one step back” in the last four years.
They’ll be going for three steps forward the next two years.
(Look for nation wide election “reforms” (that are anything but) before the next election for The House of Representatives and those Senators whose term is up.)

Rory Forbes
January 14, 2021 6:40 pm

Let’s face it; the cheese done slid off that guy’s sandwich years ago and only tenure has allowed him to maintain a public presence. He was never all that bright to begin with.

Reply to  Rory Forbes
January 14, 2021 7:55 pm

Yet! I saw the name … “Stanford” associated with his name. I expect this refers to Leland Stanford Jr. University … how can such an epic FAILure as Erlich remain a member of anything associated with Stanford. His association diminishes the institution. Shame.

Reply to  Kenji
January 14, 2021 8:26 pm

Stanford ain’t what it used to be, thanks to people like him. The students are still top notch but they’re fed cheese from Ehrlich’s sandwich.

Jeff Alberts
Reply to  Scissor
January 14, 2021 9:29 pm

Cheese that’s been on the floor, with… stuff… stuck to it.

Pat Frank
Reply to  Scissor
January 14, 2021 9:39 pm

You got that right, Scissor. Critical Race Theory, implicit bias, white privilege, global warming, achievement = racism have all combined into a toxic stew that will likely turn Stanford into a modern slough of the woke despond.

Joel O'Bryan
Reply to  Pat Frank
January 15, 2021 1:52 am

20 years ago the engineering and science colleges and departments looked on at what was happening in the humanities and arts departments and thought… “that would never happen to us.”
Wrong they were, and in their silence it came for them.

Pat Frank
Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
January 15, 2021 6:53 am

Science faculty actively supported suicidal wokeness when it came, Joel. I’ve seen it.

Reply to  Pat Frank
January 15, 2021 6:30 am

Just like the Ivies. It won’t be long before a degree from Harvard or Yale will earn derision- or maybe just a shrug.

Reply to  Scissor
January 15, 2021 9:05 am

Students at Harvard are demanding that Harvard revoke the diplomas of anyone who worked for Trump.

Reply to  MarkW
January 15, 2021 1:19 pm

So then … the current crop of Harvard students were ALL affirmative-action admits?

Rory Forbes
Reply to  Kenji
January 14, 2021 9:47 pm

His association diminishes the institution. Shame.

There are those who regard him as some sort of great tinker and rather than all his failed prophesys diminishing his prestige they consider that somehow he’s “morally right”. He’s the sort of intellectual giant that minds like “AOC” can really resonate with.

Reply to  Rory Forbes
January 15, 2021 1:09 am

She has a mind?

Reply to  hiskorr
January 15, 2021 6:35 am

Well, what she really has is a “minder” who tells her what to say. I suspect her real talents lie along the lines of Commie-La Harris.

John VC
Reply to  hiskorr
January 15, 2021 11:30 am

occasional cortex

Reply to  hiskorr
January 16, 2021 11:23 am

Before going off the cliff demeaning AOC take note that she has been pretty successful, with help from her former beau/minder and relatively unbounded amounts of money.

I think there are enough left-minded activists to keep her in play and in the limelight to do considerable damage.

She doesn’t need any support from anyone in the moderate Dem faction or more right. She already has plenty of support from most Dims.

Reply to  Rory Forbes
January 15, 2021 1:32 am

He is a high priest of scientism. Where having the “correct” beliefs is infinitely more important than empirical truth.

Reply to  Rory Forbes
January 15, 2021 9:07 am

Reminds me of Biden saying that he has no interest in facts, he only cares about The Truth.

Trying to Play Nice
Reply to  Rory Forbes
January 15, 2021 4:35 am

Come on, he read 150 junk science papers and wrote a book report. That shows some great level of intelligence.

Reply to  Rory Forbes
January 15, 2021 12:18 pm

“Ehrlich” actually means “truthful” or “honest” in German. God must have a sardonic sense of humour.

Rory Forbes
Reply to  Graemethecat
January 15, 2021 3:00 pm

Either that or his ancestors are spinning in their graves. The really scary part about the such people is; they’re ‘True Believers‘.

D. Anderson
January 14, 2021 6:47 pm

Scott Adams has pointed out that when people dump 150 “proofs” on your head it means they don’t have ONE really good one. 

“reviews more than 150 studies”

Joel O'Bryan
Reply to  D. Anderson
January 14, 2021 7:30 pm

Clear, logical thinking is Scott’s gift. In layman’s terms this means someone who is able to quickly sort through bullshit-laced sales pitches to sniff out the hidden feces.

And the climate scam claims on science are laced through and through with mal-odorous BS.

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Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
January 14, 2021 8:37 pm

Black matter? With more than a few missing links, they inject brown matter into their models to force a consensus with reality. Then spread the residue to smear their competing interests.

Joel O'Bryan
Reply to  n.n
January 14, 2021 8:57 pm

They make Chocolate Cake by not using real chocolate, but by using dog feces as “parameter” suitable replacement for chocolate. They have all the other ingredients right like flour, eggs, milk, but they don’t have real choclate (convection). So they fake it with dog poo. Then they call the outcome a Chocolate cake.
It may look like a chocolate cake, but you really don’t want to taste it. Climate models are like that dog-poo chocolate cake. It may look like a real climate, but don’t bite into it.

Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
January 14, 2021 9:27 pm

Although the recipe is settled they’re intent on improving it with meal worm flour so just be patient.

Reply to  D. Anderson
January 14, 2021 9:33 pm

The first study said that consumption was at 1% of Earth’s capacity to regenerate itself. So did the second, and the third ……. After 150 studies, they worked out that the total was 170% (their maths isn’t all that good).

Reply to  Mike Jonas
January 15, 2021 9:10 am

They had 150 studies that said that consumption was at 1.1% of capacity.
1.1% * 150, round up for good measure. IE, consumption is now at 170% of capacity.

PS: If consumption actually was at 170% of capacity, the earth would run out of everything in just 4 or 5 years.

Reply to  D. Anderson
January 15, 2021 7:20 am

This is a good phenomenon to be aware of.
If someone has a good argument, they do not need to parade a dozen arguments.

This was a story line element in “House.” Of course, the “House” story lines always had bizarre stuff in the lives of the patients. In this one episode, the matter was some kind of conflict between a mother’s health care and her daughter’s.

House surmised that the mom actually did not love the daughter. Maybe it was a step-daughter. When he throws this idea at her, she replies with a list of points supporting the idea that she does love the daughter.

House decides: if you genuinely loved her, you would not need to defend the idea with a dozen reasons.

Reply to  TheLastDemocrat
January 15, 2021 9:11 am

The problem with House’s argument is that if you love someone, you do many things for them. You don’t do just one big thing.

Caligula Jones
Reply to  D. Anderson
January 18, 2021 6:23 am

Einstein: “Why 100? If I were wrong, one would have been enough. [In response to the book “Hundred Authors Against Einstein”]”

January 14, 2021 7:07 pm

Ah, the ‘mass extinction’.
Some years ago,Australian comedian Barry Humphries started a “charity”,Save the Funnel Web.
“They’re dying out, you know”, he said.
Interest in the “charity” no doubt bordered on non-existent.
It’s always attractive creatures like the polar bear and the pocket mouse that are endangered and never the Cane Toad or the Funnel Web spider.

Reply to  Herbert
January 14, 2021 8:31 pm

My oldest child sends me the most beautiful pictures and videos from Australia. I haven’t been there, but I see no photographic evidence of mass extinction.

One video showed a blind kangaroo that navigated by sound and it seemed that other kangaroos in its group helped guide it to some extent but it still ran into branches, etc.

Joel O'Bryan
January 14, 2021 7:26 pm

Ehrlich of course switched from the global famine claim to now he’s on-board the climate hothouse scam with his student Holdren.

Just the cast of actively practicing, misfit, serial climate liars in US: Ehrlich, Holdren, Mann, Trenberth, Schmidt, Dessler, Hayhoe, Santer, et al.

Liars… all of them. No ethics. History will deal with them and their lies appropriately.

Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
January 14, 2021 7:45 pm

Yeah, Ehrlich changed his tout from that there were too many people and not enough food. Then there would be a massive die-off.
Now, it is that there are too many people and the “Earth Will Fry”.
And then the die-off.
Same dire conclusion but the cause changes.
Sick mind.

Reply to  Bob Hoye
January 14, 2021 8:14 pm

“there are too many people”

I can name a few that are a distinct waste of space and a burden on human society.

Let’s start with Paul Ehrlich.

If he really feels that way.. WHY is he still here. !

Reply to  Bob Hoye
January 14, 2021 8:34 pm

He only missed it by a few billion fat asses.

Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
January 14, 2021 7:46 pm

“History will deal with them….appropriately”. Maybe not, we don’t study in history class who sent the autistic girls to be burnt at the stake for witchcraft in the middle ages….

Reply to  DMacKenzie
January 14, 2021 8:36 pm

Who can forget the co-founder of Earth Day who composted his girlfriend after he murdered her?

Jeff Alberts
Reply to  DMacKenzie
January 14, 2021 9:32 pm

Or that Democrats started the KKK.

Reply to  DMacKenzie
January 15, 2021 6:41 am

No, today we put them on television to scold us about taking away her future, when it was her parents who destroyed her personal future.

Reply to  DMacKenzie
January 15, 2021 8:51 am

There are history classes?

Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
January 14, 2021 8:41 pm

It’s all ethics, relative to their frame of reference. A Twilight faith. A new, ancient religion (i.e. behavioral protocol). Taking a knee before mortal gods and goddesses, with hopes that secular incentives will so soon be redistributive.

Peter W
Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
January 15, 2021 6:24 am

You neglected to mention the greatest “Scientist” of all, Al “Chicken Little” Gore.

Jeff Labute
January 14, 2021 7:39 pm

Many things are forgotten after 50 years, but not THAT! Most others have a higher frequency of recurrence.

His wiki page is interesting to… blah blah blah I had a vasectomy blah blah blah.

Joel O'Bryan
January 14, 2021 7:39 pm

The late great environmental philosopher George Carlin will surely earn his place among the greats like Aristotle, Plato, DaVinci, Locke, Dante, … keeping humanity grounded in reality and not the bullschist of the likes of today’s Climate rent-seekers and Greta-in-search of fame carnival barkers. His immortalized “lava-in-the-livingroom” and “Pompeiians frozen in hot ash-hows the planet doing?” routines will ring true for thousands of years and hundreds of generations of human folly.

Sadly, we’re about to be subjected to Obama v2.0 with The Dementia Joe Show and his cast of Kerry-Heinz climate misfits. That show run got cancelled by chucking Crooked Hillary to the waste bin. Sadly Trump couldn’t discipline himself on Twitter to make it to a term 2 and avoid the coming Obama redux and the US kowtow to China.

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Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
January 14, 2021 9:12 pm

The society of imbeciles!

Pat Frank
Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
January 14, 2021 9:43 pm

There’s plenty of evidence implying the election was stolen, Joel. It’s just that no one has been allowed to follow it up with a direct audit.

Izaak Walton
Reply to  Pat Frank
January 14, 2021 11:31 pm

Georgia has done several recounts by hand as well as reverifying signatures and found no evidence of fraud. And no evidence of fraud has been presented in courts anywhere. Biden won fairly and by a margin of almost 8 million votes.

Reply to  Izaak Walton
January 15, 2021 12:30 am

No proper audit has been conducted by an independent entity.

Reply to  Stephen Wilde
January 15, 2021 6:46 am

And no courts have been willing to accept the suits. They claim lack of evidence, while refusing to look at any.

My favorite was the court that ruled the plaintiffs (Trump’s people) did not file in a “timely manner”, two days after the election. Apparently they needed to file before the election- before the fraud occurred.

Reply to  Stephen Wilde
January 15, 2021 9:14 am

The result was the one favored by the progressives. Therefor the election was legitimate.

Reply to  Izaak Walton
January 15, 2021 1:16 am

“It’s not the people who vote that counts, it’s the people who count the votes.” ‘

Reply to  hiskorr
January 15, 2021 6:48 am

Josif Stalin is the original author of that.

Reply to  hiskorr
January 15, 2021 7:42 am

Like being the one who writes up the minutes of a meeting.

Reply to  Izaak Walton
January 15, 2021 1:29 am

Voter fraud in Texas confirmed:

As James O’Keefe notes, this case is merely the tip of the iceberg. There must be thousands of other cases across the country.

Reply to  Graemethecat
January 15, 2021 2:55 am

But they will not get prosecuted in Democrat won seats.

They were part of the set-up.

Reply to  fred250
January 15, 2021 3:04 am

Of course not. Fraud and theft are perfectly acceptable when perpetrated by “good” people (Dems).

Reply to  Graemethecat
January 15, 2021 12:03 pm

Reform and/or punishment.

She will not be reformed. She will continue to do whatever she thinks she can get away with.

Therefore the max (20 years?) is the appropriate sentence.

George Daddis
Reply to  Izaak Walton
January 15, 2021 6:39 am

I’m currently from Georgia.

You can recount ballots from deceased and out of state voters ’til the cows come home and you’ll still get the same result. Amazingly the GOP governor and SoS blocked real audits (including registrations and signatures). You can’t present evidence in court if the court refuses to hear the case.

I explain to friends that my skepticism on the election is very much like my skepticism on alarmist claims that the earth is doomed from CO2.

I can’t say with certainty their assertions are wrong but neither have they proven that they are correct.

In both instances, there is credible evidence to the contrary sufficient to at least create reasonable doubt.

Pat Frank
Reply to  Izaak Walton
January 15, 2021 7:09 am

See the story about the fraud in Georgia at 100% Fed Up, Izaak.

Scroll down page and watch the video of Jovan Pulitzer’s testimony before the Georgia senate.

Mr. Pulitzer is an expert IT guy. He described exactly how the fraud was likely done. And announced during the testimony that his team had hacked into a Georgia Dominion machine and was — at that moment — in two-way data exchange with it.

The testimony of Jesse Binnall about the fraud in Nevada is equally damning, at 49:55 in the CSPAN video.

Those only scratch the surface.

Arizona, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin are equally bad. Peter Navarro’s reports lay out evidence for a level of voter fraud involving 10x more votes than the difference between the purported Trump/Biden totals.

Reply to  Izaak Walton
January 15, 2021 9:14 am

Did they recount the votes that were found in those suitcases under the tables after the poll watchers left.

Abolition Man
Reply to  Izaak Walton
January 15, 2021 12:49 pm

If you ever tire of being plugged into the Matrix and want to experience reality again I would recommend you read Dr. Peter Navarro’s three publications about the fraud in the 2020 election. He used IT experts and publicly available data to determine what kinds of fraud occurred where in the six main battleground states that the DemoKKKrats targeted for their ambitious fraud program.
From my cursory investigation of the evidence presented so far by the more 2,000 sworn affidavits, expert witness testimony and the videos of fraud being perpetrated while observers were barred from the ballot counting area, I would estimate that in actuality Trump received about 80,000,000 votes to somewhere in the low seventies for the dementia patient! That’s why Xiden never came out of the basement much; he didn’t have to campaign because he knew the fix was in! It is very likely that a number of seats in Congress and the Senate were won by fraud as well (think Georgia,) so our entire government is likely being run by a cabal of crooks and crazies! But you like what they say so you’re happy with the result; it must be nice to travel through life with such a shallow level of intelligence!

Reply to  Izaak Walton
January 15, 2021 1:10 pm

Izaak Walton


That is a plain lie.

A lot of evidence of heavy irregularities, violation and willful blatant breaking of USA constitution + State constitution… and yes, evidence of plain planed fraud was presented in many courts.

Most significantly presented before the most higher authority there that mostly mattered, the Legislature of each and every swing state.

Above it, the case of the violation of constitution in and by the governments of the swing states was filed by the state of Texas to SCOTUS.

Many other cases with more than that, including evidence of fraud and heavy considerable irregularities were filed in courts including Supreme Courts of the given states.

These are facts.

Regardless how you like to interpret or lie about such facts,
the facts still remain.

In proposition of the Supreme Court either of Michigan or
Wisconsin (can recall exactly at this moment which one of),
it actually weighted the evidence and found it with proper
merit and valid, regardless of the final outcome of the verdict delivered not in favor of the Plaintiff.

The evidence provided in all courts including the legislatures of the givens states, consist more than just fraud and theft…
in the whole of it consists as a very well planed massive day-light robbery… by the governments, governors+ of the given states.

The very brutal premeditated violation of the USA constitution alone in such a case consist as the higher crime there… in many given counts concerning such a brutal day-light robbery…
including the reinstating of unconstitutional lock-downs and other such illegal draconian rules,
and also the withholding of the
certificates of electors by the government offices of the 7 states that had alternate certificates of electors issued.

Multiple intentional well planed and intended violations of USA constitution by state Governors and governor’s offices…
with only one aim and purpose…
clearly withing the territory of gross diminished responsibility and gross abuse and betrayal of power of office… knowingly and willingly.


Joel O'Bryan
Reply to  Pat Frank
January 15, 2021 1:58 am

Statistical suggestions of fraud do not count when the Dimwits get away with presenting boxes full of “harvested” mail-in ballots for 3am counting.

January 14, 2021 7:51 pm

Some traumatic experience obviously happened in Ehrlich’s younger days to make him such a mankind hater. Inappropriate interaction with an adult? Who knows? What a maroon{TM Bugs Bunny}

Reply to  eck
January 15, 2021 7:44 am

He went to India and saw a lot of poor brown people.

Mike Dubrasich
January 14, 2021 7:54 pm

Poor pathetic Paul is still on his “k*ll all humans” rant. His desire to m*rder his own species is shared by his newest sponsor, Mr. Bing, aka Wuhan Bill of Gain of Function fame.

The fact that these anti-human racists are still kicking and spouting their deep evil is very depressing. Extinguishing humanity is so last millennium. Been there done that. Now it’s high time to save humanity from the perverse mass slaughterers of yore.

January 14, 2021 7:54 pm

Just a question: if all the “little peeples” who contaminate the planet are gone bye-bye, who is going to clean Ehrlich’s office for him?

I think he, and all those associated with this phobia about the climate changing (which happens all the time anyway, as shown in all those records before we ever existed), which they can’t control, need a time-out in a quiet room with no windows, some bright colored rugs (fuchsia, for instance), and plenty of artificial milk and cookies and some pictures to color. They can watch reruns of Might Mouse, Bugs Bunny, and even some of those old Disney “nature” films, and stop worrying about things they can’t control.

Joel O'Bryan
Reply to  Sara
January 15, 2021 2:01 am

Ehrlich can’t even wipe his own ass … much less clean his own office.

Abolition Man
Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
January 15, 2021 12:53 pm

Now, Joel!
All he has to do is reverse his rectal/cranial inversion for a moment and he is in the perfect position to clean his own backside!

January 14, 2021 8:10 pm

Mass extinction..??

Yet when asked to name a creature that has become extinct by “climate change™”…

….. the best they can do is a little mouse that got swept off a sand bar by a small wave.

“planetary toxification”

Then stop spreading wind turbines all over the land and oceans, and toxic solar panels all over the land surface.

climate disruption”

WTF is that? .. no sign of any significant change in any climate indicator…

The whole paper is a Mills and Boons style load of GARBAGE fantasy from start to finish

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Chris Hanley
January 14, 2021 8:22 pm

The ‘fundamental changes’ list is incoherent.
Environment protection and population growth stabilisation go with high living standards.
Abolishing economic growth, eliminating fossil fuels, regulating markets, carbon pricing will curtail future improvement in living standards in undeveloped countries, depress living standards in developed countries and therefore have the opposite effect to what they claim.

Chris Hanley
Reply to  Chris Hanley
January 14, 2021 8:49 pm

… living standards in developing countries …

George Daddis
Reply to  Chris Hanley
January 15, 2021 6:51 am

Has anyone done a formal study of population growth in a society as a function of the economic well being of that community?

On the surface it appears that the native population of “developed” countries have negative birth rates and they need to “import” folks from less developed areas to sustain their economy.

If that is true, wouldn’t the rational conclusion be to give energy (including CO2 based) to undeveloped nations? Is the notion of the entire world reaching “developed nation status” somehow untenable?

Pat from Kerbob
Reply to  George Daddis
January 15, 2021 9:47 am

There are plenty of studies showing how fertility levels off then declines as countries become richer.
Yes, if population growth is an issue then we should be increasing economic growth in 3rd world.
Yes, western organizations (governments, NGOs) try to prevent economic growth by witholding aid and loans if countries want reliable power, to use malaria solutions like DDT, to mechanize farming, basically all the things that pulled western countries into wealth.

Its an atrocity.

Plus it forces these countries to then go cap in hand to china for funding, tying themselves to them.

All bad, all the time.

We need climate change “policy” crimes against humanity trials

Steve Case
January 14, 2021 8:26 pm

The Ghost Busters clip is my favorite, but it stops too soon. It goes on with the mayor asking that Walter Peck (who any reasonable person should identify with) be tossed out of the room.

Reply to  Steve Case
January 15, 2021 12:18 pm

Yes, it’s true your Honer, this man ….

January 14, 2021 8:29 pm

Planned Population (PP)? A wicked solution, with benefits. To his credit, the CCP has evolved from the Great Leap to one-child to selective-child, perhaps after consultation with their Western ideological counterparts. In retrospect, selective-girl was a bad choice. So, he’s in good company. Forward!

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Reply to  n.n
January 15, 2021 6:48 am

Planned Population? What a great way to eliminate “white supremacy”!

January 14, 2021 8:31 pm

Flinders University, Adelaide, South Australia.

Now there’s an apt setting for stories about the end of the world.

Adelaide was dead to the rest of Australia even before Cold Chisel saw the light and left there in 1976.

Reply to  Mr.
January 14, 2021 8:52 pm

Sydney, Melbourne growing at about 3-5%%pa

Canberra, Newcastle, Woolongong at around 2%

Adelaide 0.6%

January 14, 2021 8:36 pm

What is Paul Ehrlich now, 88 and won’t he soon be food for the climate friendly mealworms?

That’s the best thing he can do — do his part in increasing the number of bugs in at least one region — Paul, Paul, don’t do cremation, the bugs need you!!!!.

Joel O'Bryan
Reply to  lgp
January 14, 2021 8:52 pm

When that day comes, Ehrlich needs to be fed to some mushroom recycler.

Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
January 15, 2021 6:50 am

Thanks for that. Now I am going to have to change my pizza orders.

Peter W
Reply to  lgp
January 15, 2021 6:29 am

So why are you so determined to poison the mealworms?

Reply to  lgp
January 15, 2021 12:28 pm

Cremation uses significant energy and creates ’emissions’. (They haven’t began to yabber about the energy cost of cremation).

They did began yabbering about the wasting of land for cemeteries a while back.

The conscientious guy that is Professor Ehrlich should recognize that the only legal environmentally sound way to dispose of his body is to donate it to the med students to pick apart.

And/or stop eating now so that there will be less of him to dispose of.

(How can anyone walk past this POS in the hall or on the street without telling him what he is?)

January 14, 2021 8:39 pm

More evidence of a much warmer Holocene and not much current warming.

large regions of the Earth

(a) haven’t warmed in recent decades,

(b) were as-warm or warmer within the last several centuries, and/or

(c) were 1 to 7°C warmer than today just a few millennia ago.

January 14, 2021 8:44 pm

HUGE investment in clean coal in India

Clean coal means getting rid of actual pollutants.. which CO2 is NOT.

With Africa, Asia, parts of Europe etc all about to make a fossil fuel powered surge forward, there will be PLENTY of extra CO2 to invigorate the world’s plant life. 🙂

January 14, 2021 8:58 pm

I have a Particular hatred of Professor Ehrlich. His self righteous pontifications captured my fathers imagination in the 1970s and convinced him to pursuing a life pervaded with impending doom for the future. Throughout my 61 years of living this man has been wrong in every prediction he has ever made any time he has opened his mouth. Yet somehow he maintains a very high-paying professorship in Ivy League schools, great work if you can get it. He is the personification of Bill Murray’s Dr. Peter Venkman from ghostbusters. A two bit flimflam artist who has found a way to hang with the coeds into his greying years. In a word, Pathetic!

January 14, 2021 9:18 pm

They’re all out angling for a sinecure with the Biden Administration and bringing us all together and the media are posting the resume’s. Personally I’m stocking the freezer with tasty ruminants as they’re really beginning to bug me with all this.

Reply to  observa
January 15, 2021 6:46 am

Obs, if you can please don’t stock Cervids. That’s my main fallback protein source and I don’t want em going extinct.

Abolition Man
Reply to  GHowe
January 15, 2021 1:18 pm

Are you saying I can have ALL the Bovidae? Hows about I trade you some oryx or buffalo for some elk. Gots to have my elk green chile enchiladas every now and again!

Jeff Alberts
January 14, 2021 9:27 pm

I’ll bet all of those authors have smartphones (maybe more than one), computers (ditto), cars (ditto), nice homes (ditto).

Hans Erren
January 14, 2021 10:23 pm

It is all summarised in the group of Dutch bioscientist under the krad op Appy Sluijs who created the website to indoctrinate youth in schools with alarmistic stories.

Says it all really.

Hans Erren
Reply to  Hans Erren
January 14, 2021 10:24 pm

Under the lead of Appy Sluijs

Peta of Newark
January 14, 2021 10:57 pm

You really are worried ain’t ya?

Welcome to the fantastical world of Magical Thinking

January 15, 2021 12:34 am

Ehrlich is a fellow of the Royal Society, its official.

Joel O'Bryan
Reply to  Jphn
January 15, 2021 2:02 am

None of them can wipe their own ass after a shite. It’s official.

January 15, 2021 2:30 am

You have to feel sorry for Erlich and his ilk. It must be hell to live in a state of constant, total pessimism.

January 15, 2021 3:24 am

We should be rejoicing, David. Ehrlich hasn’t been right about anything yet!

Reply to  Newminster
January 15, 2021 12:24 pm

Like The Guardian, Ehrlich is wrong about everything, all the time.

January 15, 2021 4:23 am

Love the way the conversation boasts “Academic rigour, journalistic flair” & it’s contributors often use The Independent, BBC & the ‘Gargantuan’ as scientific sources.

They banned me 2 yrs ago because I kept disputing their mad claims with data from NOAA, NASA & IPCC .

John Garrett
January 15, 2021 4:30 am


You are priceless. I needed a laugh this morning and, god bless you, you have provided it.

It is nearly impossible to believe that anybody pays the slightest bit of attention to Ehrlich. It is an object lesson in “How Many Times Can You Be Wrong And Still Show Your Face In Public?”

The guy clearly has no concept of shame.

Reply to  John Garrett
January 15, 2021 6:52 am

Like most Leftists. Or Clintons.

Reply to  Kpar
January 15, 2021 9:22 am

Socialists/Communists are always declaring, this time it will work.

January 15, 2021 4:37 am

We outline the likely future trends 

Indeed they do.

“By the year 2000 the United Kingdom will be simply a small group of impoverished islands, inhabited by some 70 million hungry people…If I were a gambler, I would take even money that England will not exist in the year 2000.”     Dr. Paul Ehrlich, speech at the British Institute for Biology, Sep. 1971

And they get it consistently wrong.

Peter W
Reply to  fretslider
January 15, 2021 6:34 am

A prime example of mis-use of the “Dr.” honorific.

Dave Andrews
Reply to  fretslider
January 15, 2021 9:48 am

Well he did get something almost right! UK population is nearly 70million so he was only 20 years out.

Abolition Man
Reply to  fretslider
January 15, 2021 1:29 pm

I don’t know, Fretslider, with BoJo mishandling the ChiCom virus and apparently being under the spell of a Greenie in the bedroom; I not sure that the England we knew still exists! Of course, if the American public doesn’t stand up to the Big Tech tyrants and the criminally corrupt DemoKKKrats stealing our freedom, wealth and elections the US will exist in name only!

Tim Gorman
January 15, 2021 5:38 am

One of the main documents referenced in this idocy is an article by Molly Brown and Cris Funk.

Their article states: “On page 607 of this issue, Lobell et al.(1) show that increasing temperatures and declining precipitation over semiarid regions are likely to reduce yields for corn, wheat, rice, and other primary crops in the next two decades”

Once again we see so-called “scientists” referencing climate change as “increasing maximum temperatures” which will kill the harvest of most grains. These so-called “scientists” have bought into the myth that global warming means max temperatures are going up and will, eventually, turn the Earth into a cinder. Absolutely no understanding that most of the global warming is higher MINIMUM temperatures which promote the growth of grains!

I live in one of the continental US semi-arid deserts known as the breadbasket of the US. We are *NOT* seeing increasing maximum temperatures – we are seeing the minimum temps going up. Nor are we suffering from any more droughts than we have in the past.

The proof is that we continue to see record harvests every year – including globally, not just here.

These two researchers live in MD and CA respectively. What do *they* know about grain harvests in semi-arid areas? You would think they could look up grain harvest totals by year, they are all over the internet from various sources.

January 15, 2021 5:40 am

Paul Ehrlich’s decades long credibility and influence is a powerful indictment of what is wrong with academia.

Mumbles McGuirck
January 15, 2021 6:27 am

May I suggest the Heartland Institute create the Paul Ehrlich Award to be given annually to the most wrong-headed prediction made by an academic? Or have they already done so?

January 15, 2021 6:38 am

planetary toxification , a very apt description of what leftwing brainwashing has produced.

I can really see the Guardian picking up that phrase to replace “global heating”.

January 15, 2021 7:26 am

A nice one 😀

Stefan Rahmstorf sounds the alarm and warns of alarmism
“Stefan Rahmstorf sounds the alarm and warns of alarmism. “The danger of alarmist climate headlines” is the title of his article. As usual, the mirror provides the platform for this . This is very exciting in view of some of the Rahmstorf articles. On September 14th, 2020, Der Spiegel headlined a Rahmstorf article: The Gulf Stream is limping . The Gulf Stream has been doing this for 20 years, according to Rahmstorf. On November 27th, 2020 the Geomar made it clear that the circulation is stable. So much for the alarm. What may have moved the PIK man to the new article? We learn: Don’t contradict any climate alarmists, wait until they do it themselves.”


January 15, 2021 7:42 am

Will it be published in Arabic, or Mandarin, or any of the languages used in India?

A useful publication from Ehrlich would be a primer on how to profit from outlandish claims and predictions that never come to pass. Co-author it with Jeffrey Sachs and list it in the “…for dummies” category and by dummies.

Pat from Kerbob
Reply to  ResourceGuy
January 15, 2021 9:30 am

Don’t forget Canada’s Jeff Rubin, he should be part of that group. Check out his new book, “I can’t believe people still pay me for this crap!”

January 15, 2021 8:28 am

Ehrlich and accomolices may be right, when…..:

Last edited 2 years ago by Krishna Gans
January 15, 2021 8:47 am

Given the people I see constantly being hailed as “experts” I have come to the conclusion that “expert” means “someone who is always wrong”

Reply to  TonyG
January 15, 2021 11:58 am

Expert, an ex is a has been and a spert is a drip under pressure. Not the dictionary definition but when it comes to this guy and those like him who needs a dictionary.

January 15, 2021 9:07 am

At the Bad Predictions Hall of Fame, Paul Ehrlich has a wing devoted to him and several trinkets in the gift shop devoted to him featuring a collection of rare metals like copper and other former base metals in very short supply. /sarc

January 15, 2021 9:10 am

53 years of doom and gloom and yet another, just further out on the horizon. Not one of his predictions has made the light of day. Yet, there’s Dr. Paul still on the payroll…

Pat from Kerbob
January 15, 2021 9:27 am

I find it amazing, and sad, that anybody anywhere listens to anything Ehrlich has to say. How can anyone who has been so consistently wrong still have a platform to blather away

Reply to  Pat from Kerbob
January 15, 2021 10:29 am

See also: Paul Krugman

January 15, 2021 11:48 am

Ehrlich is the Sith Lord of eco-fasc1sm.

January 17, 2021 9:17 am

Those who do forecasting for a living in areas where forecast error matters with consequences have a special disdain for the Teflon armchair prognostications that have no cost to the dope that dishes them out.

Caligula Jones
January 18, 2021 6:20 am

You do have to admire the Doomsayer’s basic internal “logic”, though:

We said things were going to be bad, and that means that although NONE of what we said would happen has actually happened, that obviously means that because things are going so well, we have much more to lose when things do get worse.

Which they really, REALLY will this time.

For sure.

Where’s my cheque?

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