“Climate change is an existential threat to humanity!”
No matter how many times I read that line, it fails to speak to me. For one thing, the idea it encapsulates is just too big; it’s too short a sentence to properly describe what’s about to happen. Oceans will rise, wildfires will spread, flash floods and mudslides and hurricane seasons more severe than ever before — that’s all intelligible. But adding them together and saying that “Humanity is doomed unless we do something!” just doesn’t mean anything to me. The scope is far too broad and ill-defined for the imagination to easily grasp.
The following is basic medical knowledge backed by science, and I’ve linked the science for you. Very little of this is new; the concepts have been around for quite a while now, and we’ve spent decades refining our knowledge. Most is not a matter for discussion; it is factual rather than opinion, and should be treated as such. (more…)