Or maybe that should read, is the planet Earth, as we have known it for the last few thousand years, doomed. And, more specifically, is humanity responsible? And, I guess, is it too late?
There have been a slew of reports in the press recently which seem to highlight one impending ecological catastrophe after another. As I look out of my window into the garden on this lovely, sunny, Autumnal day, everything seems fine, but I guess the damage we are creating is almost imperceptibly gradual and pervasive.
As an example:
Plastics in the World’s oceans will apparently outweight the combined stock of sea life within a couple of decades. Cod stocks are set to be a quater of what they are currently. Sir David Attenborough was talking about albatrosses heading for extinction because they are mistakenly feeding their chicks plastics instead of seafood.
Elsewhere, flying insect life has been reported to have plunged by up to 75% in some parts of the world. What does that mean for pollination of plants?
In another study, scientists have found bee-killing nicotinoids in 75% of honey samples from around the world.
And, back to the seas, it looks like the great saver of the environment, the Oceans, have absorbed so much CO2 that they are starting to acidify which will kill huge amouts of sea life is it carries on.