Tags: extinction

"We depend on the natural world... for our very sanity"

Bite"We are dependent on the natural world for the very air we breathe and every particle of food we eat. Many people, including me, would say we are dependent on it for our very sanity." — Sir David Attenborough
Woody Allen:   Let's pray we choose wisely.

Bite“Mankind faces a crossroads. One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness. The other, to total extinction. Let us pray we have the wisdom to choose correctly”—Woody Allen.
Pteropods: the "canaries in the coal mine" of climate change.

BiteAs Earth's oceans warm and become more acidic, ocean creatures including pteropods are undergoing severe stress. They are harbingers of change. It's possible by 2050 that they might not be able to make a shell any more and if we lose these organisms the impact on the food chain will be catastrophic.
Is it going to be bad or horrifically bad? That's the scientific debate

Bite‘Is it going to be bad or horrifically bad?’ This is what the scientists debate, not it could be fine. Nothing like that.’ – Dr. Justin Wood, climate scientist
"Climate is always changing... !"

BiteSure, the climate always changes—just like asteroids have always hit the Earth. But does that mean that a big asteroid hitting the Earth today would not have a serious impact on human civilisation, just like the one that wiped out the dinosaurs, 65m years ago?
Would you let space aliens damage our planet?

Category:Human Causality
BiteIf aliens came and damaged our planet, would you declare them 'persons' and give them money, or would you mobilize to fight them?
The danger is not to the planet but our civilization

Bite‘The danger is not to the planet but to our civilization on the planet. This is the real challenge of climate change.’ – Adam Frank, writer for National Public Radio.
A political issue? That's like choosing sides over E = mc2

Bite"Climate change has taken on political dimensions...That's odd because I don't see people choosing sides over E = mc2 or other fundamental facts of science." — Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist, Host of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey.
Earth was warmer before? Yes, go see Jurassic World!

Bite‘People often say: ‘Earth was warmer in the past with carbon dioxide levels higher than today’ Yes, there is a recent movie called Jurassic World. Would you like to go see it?’ – Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, climate scientist and associate professor of political science at Texas Tech University.
Rising temperatures: it’s like a bully coming for your lunch money.

Bite‘We can think of global warming as a bully that comes by every year and tells you to give him more and more of your money.’ – Park Williams, a tree ring researcher at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.

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