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Népszabadság - Hungary | Saturday, March 19, 2011

Miklós Hargitai on natural catastrophes wiping out mankind

The massive earthquake off the coast of Japan and its immediate consequences have shown how vulnerable humans are to nature's forces, writes Miklós Hargitai in the left-liberal daily Népszabadság. Even now it is clear that one natural catastrophe or another will seal mankind's fate, Hargitai predicts: "The quickest way this could happen is as a result of global warming. Water levels will rise an average of two meters, meaning that at least a third of the most densely populated areas and 20 to 25 percent of the land cultivated today will be swallowed up by the sea. This will not fail to have apocalyptic consequences. The volcano eruption on Iceland last year ... showed that a single volcano can cause a change in the climate. ... Of course, humans themselves also bring a host of dangers. ... If we continue our unbridled consumerism and the profligate waste of natural resources, the earth will not be able to support so many people for long. We must get used to it: the current phase of peaceful growth is nothing more than a transitory state of emergency."

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