Category Archives: Extinctions

Deforestation

It seems to me…. “Who owns this forest? Not the government, not the village, nor any of us. The real owners are those not yet born. We are merely custodians, entrusted with the privilege of taking only what we need … Continue reading

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A Lunar Repeat

It seems to me…. “It is time to kickstart a new U.S. space transportation industry and time to spread that industry into space itself, leveraging our space station legacy to ignite imaginations and entrepreneurship so that we can move farther … Continue reading

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An Existential Risk

It seems to me…. “In the history of the world, all five mass extinctions have been accompanied by massive climate change, so we are facing an incredibly serious threat. In fact, we are technically in the sixth mass extinction right … Continue reading

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Survival Limitations

It seems to me… “This is the way the world ends This is the way the world ends This is the way the world ends Not with a bang but a whimper.” ~ T. S. Eliot (The Hollow Men). Everyone … Continue reading

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The Anthropocene Epoch

It seems to me…. “Imagine our descendants in the year 2200 or 2500. They might liken us to aliens who have treated the Earth as if it were a mere stopover for refueling, or even worse, characterize us as barbarians … Continue reading

Posted in Air Quality, Anthropocene, Anthropocene Working Group, anthropogenic, AWG, Biosphere, Charles Darwin, Climate, Climate Change, Climate Change Conference, CO2, Cretaceous, Environment, Evolution, Extinction, Extinctions, Flora, Galaxy, Geology, Global Warming, Global Warming, Greece, Greeks, Hellenic, Holocene, International Commission on Stratigraphy, International Union of Geological Sciences, IUGS, Jurassic, Methane, Nicolaus Copernicus, Pleistocene, technosphere | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Inevitability of General AI

It seems to me…. “We are on the edge of change comparable to the rise of human life on Earth.” ~ Vernor Vinge[1]. I have frequently stated my belief that development of so-called artificial intelligence (AI) is inevitable; that humans … Continue reading

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Reversing Environmental Degradation

It seems to me…. “We won’t have a society if we destroy the environment.” ~ Margaret Mead[1]. World leaders gathered at the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP 21 or CMP 11, being held in Le Bourget, Paris, on … Continue reading

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