[LINK] The End Is Nigh [Was: On the Day that you were born (UN

David Boxall david.boxall at hunterlink.net.au
Sat Nov 12 21:31:43 AEDT 2011

On 12/11/2011 6:30 PM, Frank O'Connor wrote:
> ... to say that we are likely to cause the extinction of life on this planet borders on arrogance and hubris. ...
Has anybody said that?

Lunatic conspiracy theories notwithstanding, a surprisingly substantial 
majority of the best qualified say that we are taking foolish risks. In 
some of the worst-case scenarios, the planet might be rendered incapable 
of supporting life as we know it.

> ... an increase of 5 to 10 degrees in the mean temperature of Earth would probably be good for life. ...
Better minds than yours and mine disagree. Nobody suitably qualified 
pretends to know for certain, but the majority are worried.

> ...
> In the worst case scenario we probably wouldn't survive, but life would have no trouble doing so.
Life as we know it relies on liquid water. In the worst case scenarios, 
there's none of that on the surface of the planet. In time, there's none 
below the surface either.

The risks we're taking with this beautiful world; on so many levels, 
it's a shame.

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