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Climate Change Will Kill Billions This Century, Scientist Says
Jan. 16 (Bloomberg) -- Climate change will kill billions of people this century as the Earth warms, passing into a ``fever'' phase from which it may take 100,000 years to recover, James Lovelock, the scientist who propounded the ``Gaia'' theory, said.
Temperatures in temperate regions such as Europe and the U.S., will soar by 8 degrees Celsius (14 degrees Fahrenheit) this century, and those in the tropics will rise by 5 degrees as a result of man-made emissions, Lovelock wrote in today's Independent newspaper.
``We have given Gaia a fever and soon her condition will worsen to a state like a coma,'' Lovelock wrote. ``She has been there before and recovered, but it took more than 100,000 years. We are responsible and will suffer the consequences.''
is this some desperate attempt at optimism? or is it just more pro-technie, pro-human, monday-night hubris.Berkeley wrote:None of this, even in the worse case climate change scenarios, would happen so fast that humans would not have time to take emergency counter-warming measures - such as nuking the Sahara to provoke a mini nuclear winter. It's not very likely the big culprits, China, India, and the US, would just submit to broiling without using their technological powers. There are plenty of climate Dr Strangeloves around. I'm not suggesting it would work, but plenty of bizarre projects would be tried - just as we see with peak oil. Gaia is unlikely to get a clean revenge.
f#$k that sh#t, cap that mother-f*&king planet earth, sh%t b#tch is goin down
Caswell wrote:'nuking the Sahara to provoke a mini nuclear winter.'
Just in case you're not joking, here's my commentary:
my understanding is that a nuclear winter would result from the sunlight being blocked out by the soot from thousands of incinerated towns, forests and woodland.
Last time I looked, sand didn't burn that readily.
strider3700 wrote:Did anyone else here ever play simEarth?
I was about 14 when I played it first. When I wasn't busy trying to force dinosaurs or venus flytraps into being the sentient race I managed to figure out a few things.
- Lots of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and you get "mass extinctions occuring" as the planet slowly dies and life falls back a notch or two.
- Leave fossil fuel use high in the energy selection meter and when it starts to run out you get world wars.
- Leave nuclear poweruse high in the energy selection meter and it takes longer to run out but when it does you get nuclear war and nuclear winter
- The only ways to get your species to leave the planet(the end goal) was to either cheat with the 2001 monolith or drop fossil fuel and nuclear use down low early on and crank the solar and renewables graph until the final end when an energy push from fossil or nuclear would usually be enough to make it happen.
-plagues where annoying until you hit the information age when they could become lethal destroying most of your population.
- The planet always came back to life no matter what you did to it but quite often your dominant species was gone.
Every kid should have to play this game while at school.
I wish I could find a version of that game that actually plays on modern hardware. My disks are long since dead so I downloaded a copy but it doesn't run anyways.
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