I believe that the effects of human impact on the Earth's environment has gone
beyond repair. The worlds governments know this and that is why so little action has
been taken over the last 30 years or so. I believe that a long term plan to abandon Earth
is becoming an option.
Yeah, I hear ya. But before you do this ^ there are a few things to consider listed below.
And you never know I may just be right, well stranger things have happened.
SEEN BETTER DAYS
Our beloved planet Earth is'nt doing to well lately is it?
There have always been earthquakes, floods and hurricanes etc.
But lately they have become more frequent and powerful in their ferocity.
We have all noticed it, no matter where on Earth you live. Some of you, I realise have
already been directly effected by this matter in Europe, Japan, U.S.A the list goes on.
Here in Australia we have just come out of a 10 year drought only to have great floods
all along our eastern coast for the 4th year in a row. Some people say that it is due to
global warming and others are saying the Earth is going through a natural phase.
I believe both of these theories are correct.
CARBON DIOXIDE LEVELS
Global warming has passed the point of no return. Our governments have had timely warning
but have failed terribly to act. Sure, we have wind and wave turbines, solar panels and
desalination plants but these have simply not been enough. Many governments main response
has been to secure natural resouces and impose new taxes. Australia's carbon tax will be $25/tonn.
Global warming has reached the point of no return, a study published in the Tuesday edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
by a joint team of the U.S., French and Swiss researchers concludes.
“People have imagined that if we stopped emitting carbon dioxide the climate would go back to normal in 100 years, 200 years; that’s not
As you can see from the chart above, CO2 levels have not been this high for a very
long time. I have listed below the CO2 levels in parts per million for every 5 years from
1975 upto last week.
March 1975 333.06 ppm
March 1980 340.89 ppm
March 1985 348.46 ppm
March 1990 355.91 ppm
March 1995 362.92 ppm
March 2000 371.06 ppm
March 2005 382.49 ppm
March 2010 391.42 ppm
March 2012 394.27 ppm
At this current rate we will reach 400 ppm around 2015.
CO2 emissions continue to climb, we are far from reversing this build up.
Infact it would take 1000 years for the current CO2 levels to drop back down to
300 parts per million.
30% of CO2 in the atmosphere is absorbed by the oceans. The CO2 then makes the oceans
acidic. It has been estimated that at the end of this century the worlds oceans will be
150 times more acidic than they are now. This acidity will devastate all sea life that uses
calcium for shells and skeletal systems. Mainly the lower food chain and you know what that means.
The image below demonstrates what happens to a shell in water 150 times more acidic than today.As you can see the calcium shell is weakened and then
EARTH TOO HOT FOR HUMANS
In 2010 a report was published that states parts of Earth will be too hot for human habitation by the year 2300ad. Based on current greenhouse gas
emissions the report says that global warming will not stop and by the year 2300ad a temperature increase of 12 degrees is suggested.
Such a temperature rise would pose a "considerable threat to the survival of our species", he said, because "as much as half the currently
inhabited globe may simply become too hot for people to live there".
CURRENT MASS EXTINCTION EVENT
You may or may not know that we are living in the Holocene mass extinction event. This is the greatest extinction of species since the Cretaceous
period 65 million years ago. Another report published last year
states that by 2300ad three quarters of the worlds animals will be extinct.
The picture gets even grimmer when all mammals currently endangered or threatened are added to the count. If those all disappear within a century,
then by 334 years from now, 75% of all mammal species will be gone, says Barnosky.
BEAM ME UP SCOTTY, THIS PLANET SUCKS
There is no arguement about the Earth's demise. Those very few who do continue to doubt climate change are in serious denial. The only thing left to
consider is who will get hit next and how bad, well that and how to leave the Earth. Before we go on let us hear what Steven Hawking has to say about
As Stephen Hawking, the world's most famous scientist, warned that humanity faced extinction from man-made or natural disaster and should start
preparing without delay for the evacuation of Earth, NASA confirmed that its plan to send astronauts planet hopping was on course.
The USA congress republicans like the idea as well.
From last year
The signatories of this Abandon Earth letter to House Appropriations Committee Chairman Harold Rogers (R-KY) and Commerce, Justice, and Science
Subcommittee Chairman Frank Wolf (R-VA) are Reps. Sandy Adams (R-FL), Rob Bishop (R-UT), Mo Brooks (R-AL), Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), Pete Olson (R-TX)
and Bill Posey (R-FL), all from districts that play a role in the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) manned spaceflight
In 2010 the US government proposed a think tank called the 100 year starship project. It is an on-going project where bodies from government,
manufacturing, and the scientific community can plan the necessary technology to begin the construction of a spaceship capable of interstellar travel.
What does ATS think?
Have we run out of time?
Is it time to start to plan our way off of this planet?
Is the hunt for Earth like planets due to this?
edit on 21-3-2012 by LeLeu because: I ran out of room