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The heir to the British throne, HRH Prince Charles has told the Italian Parliament there are 99 months left to save the world from environmental disasters - including runaway global warming. That would put our last date for avoiding Thermageddon at July 2017. But it's a considerable improvement on Charles' predictions last year.

Last May, HRH predicted humanity had just 18 months to save the world from Thermageddon and other eco-calamities - putting the deadline at November this year. It looks like we've had a eight year reprieve - giving us two more World Cups. Or have we?

James Hansen, the most prominent activist-scientist promoting the manmade global warming theory, has revised his doomsday deadline in the other direction. In 2006 Hansen predicted we had a "ten year window" in which to make the necessary human sacrifices to avoid meltdown - giving us a Thermagaddon ETA of September 2016. But as President Obama prepared to take office in January, Hansen warned we have just four years for "America to set an example to the rest of the world" - implying it couldn't wait until Obama's second term. Where do they get these numbers?

It was in Brazil last month that Charles announced we had "100 months to save the world" and he's kept a close eye on his own disaster countdown. Note the precision: "We now only have ninety-nine months – actually very nearly ninety-eight [our emphasis] - before we reach the point of no return," he said. [Transcript here].

He added that Mankind has been a terrible disappointment to the old Mum - Mother nature, that is - noting: "It will be too late by then to rectify the situation – only Nature will be able to heal the terrible damage we do to Her, and that may take thousands of years without man’s interference."

Charles is co-authoring a book with former FoE director Tony Juniper, calling for a return to the "natural order of things". Now why would he say that? ®

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