Because, you know, doom (even though that 400ppm thing didn’t happen the other week) (via Tom Nelson)
(Spanner Films) You’ve probably heard the appalling news that, for the first time in human history, the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has just passed 400 parts per million. (Eh? Scientific America’s explanation here). It’s been 2.5 million years since CO2 was last at this level – at which point, temperatures were 2 to 3 degrees C higher, the Arctic was ice-free, global weather patterns were completely different, sea levels were up to 40 metres higher and humans did not live on the planet.
Mankind was around 2.5 million years ago. I do find it weird that it was a lot warmer despite the same CO2 concentration: might there have been something else driving the climate, like, oh, I don’t know, the nuclear furnace in the sky?
Which means that we are heading for an even worse scenario than the one we depicted in The Age of Stupid: Africa uninhabitable, continental Europe mostly desert, Australia’s agricultural system destroyed, hundreds of major cities underwater, hundreds of millions of people dead and many more on the move. Possibly within my lifetime (born 1972, hoping to live to 2062), but almost certainly within my daughter Eva’s (born 2012, hoping to live to 2102).
Hysteria much? I’m going to stop there and go to the ultimate excerpt, as there is just way, way too much unhingedness to post it all. Make sure to read it, as it ends with
Should we stockpile cyanide? You think I’m exaggerating, but a close friend of mine, who has four children, said she plans to kill herself and them when it comes to it.