Monday, May 28, 2012

Is mankind doomed for extinction?

The Huffington Post has published this article on paleoanthropologist Richard Leakey. It takes you where you don't expect it to. Leakey says that skepticism about evolution will end with overwhelming evidence. He then pivots to discuss climate change implying that skepticism regarding that theory will also end.

"If you get to the stage where you can persuade people on the evidence, that it's solid, that we are all African, that color is superficial, that stages of development of culture are all interactive, ... then I think we have a chance of a world that will respond better to global challenges."

And he says something that is frightening.

"If you look back, the thing that strikes you, if you've got any sensitivity, is that extinction is the most common phenomena, ... Extinction is always driven by environmental change. Environmental change is always driven by climate change. Man accelerated, if not created, planet change phenomena; I think we have to recognize that the future is by no means a very rosy one."

Is it over for mankind? I hope not. But right-wingers must take climate change seriously. Climate change crosses all political boundaries.

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