FRANK Fenner doesn't engage in the skirmishes of the climate wars. To him,Oh goody. The eminent Prof goes on,
the evidence of global warming is in. Our fate is sealed.
"We're going to become extinct," the eminent scientist says. "Whatever we do now is too late."
Fenner is an authority on extinction. The emeritus professor in microbiology at the Australian National University played a leading role in sending one species into oblivion: the variola virus that causes smallpox.
"Homo sapiens will become extinct, perhaps within 100 years," he says. "A lot of other animals will, too. It's an irreversible situation. I think it's too late. I try not to express that because people are trying to do something, but they keep putting it off.Well that's us done for. Or maybe it isn't. maybe, just maybe mankind's capacity to sort things out is just that little bit better than the good prof thinks. Maybe the malthusian mindset is as it always was missing the key variable. Mankind itself.
"Mitigation would slow things down a bit, but there are too many people here already."