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  •  Mother earth's magic lady parts? eom (3+ / 0-)
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    The sleep of reason brings forth monsters. --Goya

    by MadScientist on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 08:30:47 AM PST

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    •  Her immune system is kicking in. (2+ / 0-)
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      Humans are a virus in sneakers. We've been so successful, so quickly (zero to 7 billion in 100 000 years or so) that we have given Gaia a fever.
      And btw, any "fix" we think we can effect? Fugetaboutit. Because the real fix is that we need to reduce our population down to below one billion. That's the sustainable maximum.
      How do we reduce population? Maybe, no babies for a generation? That would be the nicest way. The other alternatives are Famine, War, Pestilence, Plague and simply frying. Oh, and dehydration as potable water gets scarce.
      Have a nice day.

      If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

      by CwV on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 01:57:21 PM PST

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      •  As TV Tropes puts it, a "Crapsack World" … (0+ / 0-)

        The Dutch kids' chorus Kinderen voor Kinderen wishes all the world's children freedom from hunger, ignorance, and war.

        by lotlizard on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 02:57:41 PM PST

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      •  Umm, "No babies for a generation..." (0+ / 0-)

        Isn't that extinction?

        •  One way or another (0+ / 0-)

          extinction is a very real possibility.
          The last time Earth's temp rose 3C, 90% of all life on earth died. What survived were single cell plants and some sea critters. Everything else became fossils.

          If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

          by CwV on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 03:34:14 PM PST

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          •  Extinction of humankind is quite unlikely. There (0+ / 0-)

            are way too many of us. The city-dwellers will go first. Those closer to the land with more survival skills will last longer.  A few that have lived closest to the land will survive.

            Not sure about your reference to 3 degrees C and only plants surviving on land. As far as I know, there have been vertebrates on land since at least the Mississippian. The Permian extinction came later, and that is the only extinction I am aware of that approached the 90% level. References would be appreciated.

            I'm pretty sure our ave. temp has been more than 3 degrees C higher a number of times in the past. If you would like a reference to that, I will be happy to look it up tomorrow.

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