Kiwis will be the last humans on earth, Guy McPherson predicts
In ten years the human race may cease to exist but we can take refuge in the fact Kiwis will be the last ones standing.
At least that's the prediction of climate change specialist Guy McPherson.
The University of Arizona emeritus professor, who is on a national speaking tour, delivered his prophecy to a room full of followers at the Wintec Campus in Hamilton this week.
Abrupt rises in temperature will wipe out the entire human species by 2026, he said, yet Kiwis are in a better position than anyone else on the planet.
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"It's a beautiful country, that's relatively lightly populated, surrounded by ocean and about as far south as you can get in the world.
"All of those suggest that there will be habitat for humans here longer than anywhere else on the planet."
There's a reason a bunch of rich people from North America are moving to New Zealand, McPherson said.
"The Southern Hemisphere has numerous advantages. It's where almost all the water is on the planet for one thing and almost none of the land."
He said essentially all the land in the world is in the Northern Hemisphere.
"There's a third of Africa, South America, a couple of little islands like Australia and New Zealand and that's it for the Southern Hemisphere."
The ocean is a tremendous buffer in terms of temperature rise, the interior large continents are heating up at least twice as fast as the global average, McPherson said.
THE BAD NEWS
But New Zealand isn't exempt from McPherson's initial prediction.
"I can't imagine there'll be a human on the planet in 10 years and probably a lot less than that.
"If I die next week I will have only lost nine years and 51 weeks compared to the last person on the planet – tops."
To the people in "denial", McPherson says "throw off the shackles".
Live as if the days and people matter because they do, he said.
"I can't tell you how many times people ask me if I'm serious, of course I'm serious with this prediction.
"I can't imagine there'll be a human being on the planet 10 years from today. Put it in your calendar and give me a call if I'm wrong."