Here’s a story to brighten your day, all these political problems could become moot – because humans will all be dead. Perhaps its worth noting that the worst case scenario is not rising sea levels that sink Florida (insert joke here) but an all out wrecking of the climate that humans can survive in.
We can all kill ourselves without even firing off all those nuclear weapons at each other.
… a set of perfectly serious scientists—not the majority of all climate scientists by any means, but thoughtful outliers—who suggest that it isn’t just really, really bad; it’s catastrophic. Some of them even think that, if the record ongoing releases of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, thanks to the burning of fossil fuels, are aided and abetted by massive releases of methane, an even more powerful greenhouse gas, life as we humans have known it might be at an end on this planet.
In the methane scenario rather than a more gradual change the climate would quickly transform into a hellscape and there would be a “point of no return” making those alterations permanent.
Methane exists in the arctic areas now being melted by rising carbon dioxide levels which is compounding the problem.
In the atmosphere, methane is a greenhouse gas that, on a relatively short-term time scale, is far more destructive than carbon dioxide (CO2). It is twenty-three times as powerful as CO2 per molecule on a 100-year timescale, 105 times more potent when it comes to heating the planet on a twenty-year timescale—and the Arctic permafrost, onshore and off, is packed with the stuff. “The seabed,” says Wadham, “is offshore permafrost, but is now warming and melting. We are now seeing great plumes of methane bubbling up in the Siberian Sea…millions of square miles where methane cover is being released.”
The rapid temperature and climate change brought about by the methane could, in theory, be an extinction event. Human society could not reasonably adapt in time leading to a catastrophic breakdowns and perhaps even asphyxiation due to the new climate not being breathable.
As previously mentioned, this is the worst case scenario. But it seems since we are talking about the possibility for our species not surviving to understand that the consensus view of dire predictions is not the worst case or extreme view and that the problem is rather serious.
Nah, forget it. Last one in the Hummer is a rotten – ga ga gaaaaaah.