Climate News: Only ‘Hobbit-Sized Humans’ Capable of Surviving Global Warming

By Elizabeth Harrington | January 7, 2013 | 1:41pm EST

Hobbit characters Frodo Baggins, Gollum, and Samwise Gamgee from "The Lord of the Rings." (AP Photo)

( – The joint editor of the Climate News Network is warning that in as little as two centuries, global warming will lead to “mass extinction,” which may be good news for    residents of “The Shire.”

“Hobbit-sized humans, able to exist on less nourishing food, will have the best chance of survival in a warmer world, scientists say,” said Paul Brown, a journalist and author, in an article entitled, “Mass extinction forecast with 6C temperature rise,” published on Jan. 7.

Brown bases his claim on findings by the “Bighorn Basin Coring Project,” a group of scientists from the United States, the UK, Germany, and Netherlands studying a “period 55 million years ago when the Earth’s temperature rose suddenly.”

He cautions that the planet’s temperature is "expected" to rise rapidly by 6°C this century, having disastrous effects that only fictional characters from J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy could sustain.

“What worries the scientists is that this current warming period will take as little as 200 years, if the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is correct,” Brown said.  “The result will be mass extinction, and for the survivors, humans, animals and insects, there will be a scramble to eat a diminishing and less nutritious food supply.”

Hobbit characters from the movie "The Lord of the Rings." (AP Photo)

“Dwarfism is again expected to be a successful strategy for the survivors, enabling humans, animals and insects to mature earlier with less food and so reproduce before they starve,” he said.

“In the next 100 years the combination of more carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and increased temperature could be ‘catastrophic’ for an overpopulated world, according to one of the scientists involved,” Brown said.

“With food supply drastically reduced, evolutionary forces suggest hobbit-sized humans who needed to eat less would have the greatest chance of survival.”

However, Brown says, "Animals, including humans, will shrink" in order to survive "a warming world."

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