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    as fake a global warming is thats still a cool pic.


    Who cares if the ice melts completely. It’s done so in the past and will again in the future. Just like the world has nearly frozen over in the past and will do so again in the future.


    People that live on the coasts.


    Live by the coast, die by the coast.

    The Matrix: Rebooted

    That’s easy to say to a rich American, but what are you going to do about the billion or so people in Southeast Asia? Mass migration of people tend to cause severe social disorder, eg the Germanic invasions of Rome.


    Thems the breaks.

    fracked again

    Because the world won’t be quite as comfortable and lots of nice places will be underwater. Lots of people will have to move but have nowhere to go.


    HOLY FUCK THE CLIMATE IS CHANGING. THAT NEVER EVER HAPPENS! Seriously people, panicking and inciting fear about a natural process is about as reasonable as complaining about supernovas. If our science is correct it is an inevitability and we should embrace that lest we do more damage than we intend to prevent. That doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t take precautionary measures so as to adapt to it, we are resilient creatures who love to spit in the face of nature. We survived before and we will survive again.


    We survived before? What, exactly, have we survived before? :/


    The last ice age, for one thing. Anatomically modern humans have been around for over a hundred thousand years… which covers most of the last ice age. Humans used the ice bridges between continents to help spread out across the globe. Humans make the best of any situation. It’s why we’re the dominant species.


    Why do we try to put out fires that burn away entire woods then. Some of them are started by natural causes and humanity will survive even if Santa Barbara doesn’t exist any more. Maybe because humans have the power to keep the damage smaller than it would be if they did nothing? There are many natural processes on earth that we can and do manipulate. So far it doesn’t look like there are any other planets that have a life-form as “intelligent” as the human race so should we take any chances? Stephen Hawking said it doesn’t look too… Read more »


    @Phyreblade. Currently we are in an intergacial period, or in other words we are technically in an ice age right now. So far we seem to be surviving just fine. But basically we are in what is called the quaternary period and for the past 200,000 years we have been going in and out of ice ages. Modern man has been around for about 200,00 years now. Temperatures in 3,000-,5000 BC were believed to be 2-4 degrees warmer than present, and eventually other periods of cooling followed. @Die Well that is a very good point. But the thing is how… Read more »


    There’s also the fact that fighting fires in California is to global warning is like realising your trashcan is on fire is to coming home to find your entire apartment block is ablaze. In the first case, no one’s going to fault you for doing something (and they’d likely question your intelligence if you failed to), but in the second, all you can really do is sit back at watch. Even the firemen are going to be there just to contain the damage, rather than really do anything about it. As for global warming, outside of special ed classrooms, there… Read more »

    fracked again

    Um, we are already “geoengineering.” We are adding greenhouse gases to the atmosphere and have caused an increase in temperature. We are pretty damn sure that it is human activity that is causing this, and we know that we can reduce our greenhouse gas production and become more efficient at the same time. How would that cause us to become extinct? Or is this just another lotus-logic trip?

    We will probably survive much of what the world can throw at us, but what kind of survival will it be? 1st world, 3rd world or just plain savage?



    Catherine Longfellow

    Interesting graphic, fail in factuality. The earth is not hourglass shaped, i.e. melting ice does not flood the earth. lrn2liquiddisplacement. For a simple example: If all the ice in your drink melts, does it overflow? The only “danger” from Global Warming is the possible extinction of species which do not/cannot evolve and minor flooding along the coastlines from fallen glaciers causing tidal waves. It would NOT, however, flood the entire planet’s land surface and destroy humanity. Also, earth will be fine. Always has been. Anyone who says they care about “the earth” is either full of shit or so egomaniacal… Read more »

    The water in a cup analogy fails to account for the enormous ice caps in Greenland and Antarctica.


    Is sea water desalination a consideration? Is there enough glacial freshwater melting to actually, significantly change the amount of salt in seawater, which would mean the oceans (where they were affected) would freeze at a higher temp, among other effects?


    Catherine Longfellow,

    Your own analogy that was supposed to be somehow more true than the one in the graphic is false as well, like reboot said. Maybe you should look up analogy though, it doesn’t seem like you know what you’re talking about.

    Nobody claimed the earth is in danger, in this thread anyway. Nobody said it would flood the entire planet’s land surface either, I don’t know why you’re trying to refute arguments that nobody made.

    purple banana

    DieA has a good point with the California wildfires, however, these people who live in the wildfire region- an area of California KNOWN for it’s necessary fire ecology- choose to live in such a place which is known for its annual fires. In an ecological sense, it’s not good for the particular area to be putting out the fires, because so much regrowth of species depends on the fires. People build million dollar homes there, and then are surprised each year when the fires become threatening, leading to several million dollars being spent to rescue them, allocation of resources to… Read more »


    humans as a race have survived ice-ages. how would our civilization weather it tho? how many millions of people would die?


    Whenever a population becomes too dense, it becomes increasingly more difficult to maintain, by an order of magnitude. I’m not sure that there is much we can do at this point.


    If the ice caps melted completely, it would be Waterworld. Only the Rocky and Andes Mountain ranges would be above water in the Western Hemisphere. Over 5 billion would die, with no place to grow food, the survivors livin on fish and seaweed, with no weed or cigarettes or booze. Have fun if you live through it and make it on a boat.


    You’ve been watching too many movies. The sea level wouldn’t rise anywhere near that high. It wouldn’t even hit 50 feet. Yes, many low-lying areas like Florida would be flooded pretty bad, but it would in way come close to Waterworld. 😀


    It’s cool guy, I live on a hill, 100m above sea water. With the highest projections being a rise of 12m in sea level, I’m okay.


    Global warming is as serious as a cow fart.