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  •  As much as we would like to deny it, (14+ / 0-)

    I suspect this is, in fact, our reality - "last generations".

    The end of our civilization is highly likely. Survival of few or no humans is very possible. But on one point I disagree - life will go on. This will be another great extinction, perhaps the greatest yet (it is certainly happening faster than previous extinctions). But some species will survive. What does a bacteria surviving in the hot sulfur vents on the sea floor care about catastrophic climate change or even ocean acidification?

    New species will rise and thrive. Humans and many of the existing species could too, of course, but when told survival may cost as much as a cup of coffee at Starbucks every morning, as a country we have decided it is just too expensive. At this point, it has to be proven that survival will be economically beneficial, will be cheaper than extinction, before we will take the necessary steps.

    Of course, that will change. When the shit hits the fan, no price will seem to great. But by then it will likely be too late.

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