Kevin McCullough

Last week when Ted Turner claimed that global warming would lead humanity to the eventual abyss of cannibalism normal people of reason laughed at him. All across America people chuckled from truck stop diners to the hallowed halls of science. Late in the same week when "crazy Uncle Ted" went back to the well with the Atlanta Journal Constitution and claimed that the earth was over-populated his dire predictions no doubt brought well deserved rolls of the eyes.

If steps aren't taken to stem global warming, "We'll be eight degrees hotter in 30 or 40 years and basically none of the crops will grow," Turner said during a wide-ranging, hour-long interview with PBS's Charlie Rose that aired Tuesday. "Most of the people will have died and the rest of us will be cannibals," said Turner, 69. "Civilization will have broken down. The few people left will be living in a failed state — like Somalia or Sudan — and living conditions will be intolerable."