Peer-Reviewed Paper: Near-Term Loss of Habitat for Homo sapiens

The truth may be puzzling. It may take some work to grapple with. It may be counterintuitive. It may contradict deeply held prejudices. It may not be consonant with what we desperately want to be true. But our preferences do not determine what’s true.

~ Carl Sagan

 

I was invited by the Executive Editor of the Journal of Natural Sciences, an open-access publication, to submit a paper in mid-May, 2020. I submitted a paper on 29 May 2020 based on my earlier work in this space.

After reviews and revisions, “Near-Term Loss of Habitat for Homo sapiens” was accepted for publication on 8 July 2020 and scheduled for publication in the 31 July 2020 issue of Journal of Natural Sciences. After several delays, I wrote to the email address of the person listed as Editor on the relevant website on 25 November 2020 (cf. Executive Editor). The Editor responded to tell me the journal is a scam housed in Bangladesh, beyond his legal grasp (and mine).

On 25 November 2020, I revised the paper and submitted it to the Journal of Earth Environmental Science Research & Reviews for its December, 2020 issue. I have developed a good relationship with this journal and its Managing Editor. The paper was peer-reviewed and subsequently published on 9 December 2020. The abstract is copied below, and the full paper is here.

Earth is in the midst of abrupt, irreversible climate change. The current global-average temperature of Earth is the highest ever with Homo sapiens present, and there is no known way to stabilize or reduce the planetary temperature. I describe a few means by which habitat for humans could be lost in the near future.

I have earned no money, nor will I earn money, for this article. As is customary, there were significant page charges attendant to having the paper published. In this case, I paid them twice. I explained the process of peer review in this space more than two years ago.

 



 

 

Recent peer-reviewed journal articles:

McPherson, Guy R. 2020. Near-Term Loss of Habitat for Homo sapiens (pdf). Earth & Environmental Science Research & Reviews 3(4):216-218.

McPherson, Guy R. 2020. The Means by Which COVID-19 Could Cause Extinction of All Life on Earth (pdf). Environmental Analysis & Ecology Studies 7(2):711-713.

McPherson, Guy R. 2020. The Role of Conservation Biology in Understanding the Importance of Arctic Sea Ice (pdf). Earth & Environmental Science Research & Reviews 3(3):147-149.

McPherson, Guy R. 2020. The Myth of Sustainability (pdf). Earth & Environmental Science Research & Reviews 3(3):117-122.

McPherson, Guy R. 2020. Trees Cannot Sequester Enough Carbon to Slow Abrupt Climate Change. Modern Concepts & Developments in Agronomy (pdf) 6(4). DOI: 10.31031/MCDA.2020.06.000641

McPherson, Guy R. 2020. Earth is in the Midst of Abrupt, Irreversible Climate Change. Journal of Earth and Environmental Sciences Research 2(2).

McPherson, Guy R. 2020. Will COVID-19 Trigger Extinction of All Life on Earth? (pdf). Earth & Environmental Science Research & Reviews 3(2)2:73-74. doi.org/10.33140/EESRR.03.02.04

McPherson, Guy R. 2019. Going Halfway: Climate Reports Ignore the Full Evidence, and Therapists Ignore Grief Recovery. Clinical Psychology Forum 321:28-31.

McPherson, Guy R. 2019. Becoming Hope-Free: Parallels Between Death of Individuals and Extinction of Homo sapiens. Clinical Psychology Forum 317:8-11. The full paper is linked here.

 

Published Recently:

McPherson, Guy R. 2020. Academic Pursuits. Woodthrush Productions, New York.

 

McPherson, Guy R. 2020. Another Voice Crying in the Wilderness: My Homage to Edward Abbey, in three formats:

1. Signed, inscribed edition (includes postage and handling within the United States). These copies will be signed by the author and inscribed to whom you wish (e.g., “To Bill and Jane …”).

2. Paper edition. If you purchase a book here, feel free to write a review.

3. Electronic edition. If you purchase a book here, please leave a review.

 

Published February, 2019:

McPherson, Guy R. 2019. Only Love Remains: Dancing at the Edge of Extinction. Woodthrush Productions, New York.

 

McPherson, Guy R. 2019. Revised Second edition of Walking Away from Empire: A Personal Journey. Woodthrush Productions, New York.

 

McPherson, Guy R. 2019. Revised Second edition of Going Dark. Woodthrush Productions, New York.

 

Pauline Panagiotou Schneider and Guy R. McPherson. 2018. Revised Second Edition of Ms. Ladybug and Mr. Honeybee: A Love Story at the End of Time. Woodthrush Productions, New York.

 

Mugs, tote bags, iPhone cases, tee shirts, and other pragmatic goods affiliated with NBL are available on Redbubble). I do not earn money from these items. Indeed, they have returned far less money than it cost to create and distribute them. I list them at the bottom of posts in this space in support of my artistically inclined partner, who created them.