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According to a highly alarming report published by an Australian think-tank, civilization could come to a shuddering halt as early as 2050 – and it seems we humans are to blame. The report Existential climate-related security risk: A scenario approach outlines dire possible outcomes for Earth unless humanity acts quickly.

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David Spratt and Ian Dunlop wrote the report, which was released in May 2019. Spratt is the research director for the report’s publisher, the Breakthrough National Centre for Climate Restoration. Dunlop, a former coal, oil and gas industry executive, chairs the Australian Coal Association. He’s also the Australian Institute of Company Directors’ chief executive. Dunlop is a mechanical sciences graduate of Britain’s Cambridge University. Neither author is a climate scientist.

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