Troubling times indeed

This mini-post has been prompted by a recent post on LearningFromDogs.com, entitled Troubling Times.

I often wish I were not so well-informed because, whereas power without knowledge is very dangerous, knowledge without power is very frustrating. However, as Leonardo Di pointed out in his brilliant Before The Flood documentary on the National Geographic channel, governments will only take the action required once the vast majority of people accept that fossil fuel companies have been lying to them for decades.  I don’t believe they can get away with it for much longer.

Human activity has pushed the Earth’s climate system way outside the envelope of the last 800 thousand years (and its accompanying ice ages).1 This is why the sixth mass extinction of species is already well underway.2 Unless radical steps are now taken to prevent it, the Earth is heading for a much warmer state; one from which it will take 100 thousand years to recover.3 Therefore, as Stephen Hawking has suggested, humanity may only survive by moving home.4

1. http://www.bas.ac.uk/data/our-data/publication/ice-cores-and-climate-change/
2. http://www.biologicaldiversity.org…extinction_crisis/
3. http://www.geolsoc.org.uk/…March-2014/Climate-Change-Statement-Addendum
4. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-35344664

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About Rick Altman

Possibly just another 'Climate Cassandra' crying 'Wolf' in cyberspace. However, the moral of the old children's story is that the Wolf eventually turned up!
This entry was posted in Anthropocene, Civil Disorder, Climate Science, Denial, Fossil Fuels, Intergenerational Injustice, Mass Extinctions, Palaeoclimatology, Politics and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink.

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