Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Humanity is dooming itself to extinction in this century

The Huffington Post might be the news organization that comes closest to maintaining a steady drumbeat on the climate change issue. The lead headline right now is "Clear and Present Danger," about a U.S. government report declaring that the nation is already feeling the effects of climate change in drier droughts and wetter downpours, among other things.

Huffington Post also captured this damning quote from Neil deGrasse Tyson's show "Cosmos":
We just can't seem to stop burning up all those buried trees from way back in the carboniferous age, in the form of coal, and the remains of ancient plankton, in the form of oil and gas. If we could, we'd be home free climate wise. Instead, we're dumping carbon dioxide into the atmosphere at a rate the Earth hasn't seen since the great climate catastrophes of the past, the ones that led to mass extinctions. We just can't seem to break our addiction to the kinds of fuel that will bring back a climate last seen by the dinosaurs, a climate that will drown our coastal cities and wreak havoc on the environment and our ability to feed ourselves. All the while, the glorious sun pours immaculate free energy down upon us, more than we will ever need. Why can't we summon the ingenuity and courage of the generations that came before us? The dinosaurs never saw that asteroid coming. What's our excuse?
It's past the point of pretending this isn't happening or that it will all go away on its own. Huffington Post reports the U.S. climate change report is chock full not just of problems, but of solutions. We need to start building the political will to enact them.