Thursday, June 19, 2003

Not such a hot analysis

'Global warming could trigger mass extinction', says a report on the Guardian's website.

Geologists at Bristol University have suggested that a global temperature increase of six degrees celsius was sufficient to wipe out 95 percent of species in the past. Since the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has suggested that climate change in the next century could lead to a similar rise in temperature, the report concludes that a similar wipeout might occur in the next few decades. However, the IPCC figure of six degrees is a worst-case scenario and very unlikely. Moreover, humans have science and society on our side. We live in incredibly different climatic conditions across the world already. Not only will we survive, even if the most vivid speculations of climate panicmongers come true, but we have the wit to protect all the dumb animals, too.

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