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  •  Drop to a lower tier than that (6+ / 0-)

    It's quite possible that after modern industrial society has ruined the planet for large numbers of people, there will still be tribes in the highlands of New Guinea living much as they have for thousands of years.   As well as other sparsely populated islands like Pitcairn, Inishmore, the Outer Hebrides, the Faroe Islands, and others that manage to stay above the rising sea levels.

    On the bright side, since the Earth has far more people than it did at the time of the Mount Toba bottleneck, there will probably be plenty of individuals that will make it through the bottleneck.  And I'm thinking the ones that make it through will probably evolve to be less quarrelsome creatures than Homo sapiens.

    •  Alas, JRElliot. (3+ / 0-)
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      The faraway places you name are islands, some in the Pacific. People traditionally dependent on the bounty of the sea are going to be SOL over time, even if they manage not to drown with sea level rise.

      I also believe this is not an actual ELE (Extinction Level Event). For humans, since there indeed are so damned many of us and we can manage to live past reproductive age despite massive toxic exposures and fouling our own nest. Whales, porpoises and other sea mammals probably won't do as well, since there are fewer of them. There will be fish for as long as the ocean can support flora and fauna that fish eat. Especially the short-lived varieties. And goodness knows there's always going to be cockroaches... §;o)

      We will probably not go extinct from Fukushima. Our modern civilization, on the other hand, is becoming more endangered by the day, from many challenges. Fukushima's just one of 'em.

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