The Paris Climate Talks, which will emit about 300K tons of carbon, are nothing more than a 20 year-old soap opera. The fact remains, while different countries are looking for what's best for their economies, the trouble we are in is real.
Longer term, if emissions continue to rise unchecked, the risks are profound. Scientists fear climate effects so severe that they might destabilize governments, produce waves of refugees, precipitate the sixth mass extinction of plants and animals in Earth’s history, and melt the polar ice caps, causing the seas to rise high enough to flood most of the world’s coastal cities.
All of this could take hundreds or even thousands of years to play out, conceivably providing a cushion of time for civilization to adjust, but experts cannot rule out abrupt changes, such as a collapse of agriculture, that would throw society into chaos much sooner. Bolder efforts to limit emissions would reduce these risks, or at least slow the effects, but it is already too late to eliminate the risks entirely.
|How to Grow a Tiny Forest, Really Fast, Anywhere in the World|
|MAN: Animation Looking at Man's Relationship with the Natural World|
|“It will take at least a century to decarbonize our economy.”|
|"There is no hope of saving the global coral reef ecosystem." A World Without Coral Reefs|
|Ecological Footprint Quiz|
|“By day, she visits morgues, observes autopsies, and studies pictures of crime scenes.”|
|What Nothing Really Means in Seinfeld|
|U.S.S. Enterprise Owner's Manual|
|“Featuring over 2,000 flags in motion to Ludwig van Beethoven.”|
|“Social media is the publisher, not just the postman.”|
|“It’s taking orders for a real-life flying motorcycle powered by five modified jet engines.”|
|CaptchaTweet: Write Tweets in Captcha Form|
|How to Avoid Jury Duty|
|Fake Name Generator|
|The (Very Scary) People of Public Transit|
|iPhone 6, the First Smartphone to Disrupt NSA's Spying|
|“Without ads, how does Netflix manage to make money?”|