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  •  The next 10 years will determine whether... (8+ / 0-)

    ...we are totally screwed and the XXI Century is the end of the human species as we know it or whether we can somehow survive and prosper.

    Sea level, extreme weather, disruption of food supply chains, air travel, the consequences are almost unthinkable.

    This presentation by Canadian climatologist Andrew Weaver this month at UCLA was shocking even though I am far from skeptical about global warming;

    http://climate.uvic.ca/...

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    by Shockwave on Wed Nov 28, 2012 at 01:55:44 PM PST

    •  Humans will survive, albeit (2+ / 0-)
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      Shockwave, DWG

      in a diminished capacity. We are a very adaptable species. Cockroaches are too. Polar bears are not, and will not. Nor will innumerable other beloved life-forms, that we have taken for granted, for too long.

      We have already trashed this great treasure of an ecosystem that has sustained, enriched, and defined us, ever since it gave birth to us. That has given meaning and context to our existence.

      Like the guy who recently murdered his whole family, because he wanted to go live in the Yukon by himself, all we'll be able to say in a court of the future is, whoops, I'm sorry.

      Can we mitigate the damage we've done? Sure we can. Maybe even reverse some of it. Nature is surprisingly resilient. But only if we collectively decide to do so.

      In the long run, maybe the erasure of America's east coast might be the best possible medicine for us.

      "The pessimists may be right in the end but an optimist has a better time getting there" -- Samuel Clemons

      by native on Wed Nov 28, 2012 at 03:05:10 PM PST

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      •  Polar bears ARE surviving (1+ / 0-)
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        They are interbreeding with grizzly bears and evolving to a new species.  

        With only seasonal snow and ice in the Arctic, there will not be a need for their white coat, but there will still be musk ox and caribou available for the apex predator, not to mention the occasional walrus or whale carcass.  Some animal will have to live at the top of the food chain.

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