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Originally Posted by YeahPete View Post
Why is this thread not in "The Lounge"?
Good point.

As for global temperatures, from a geological perspective:

^ Keep in mind that as you go further back, the fine detail is lost.

There have been much larger and faster swings caused by "natural" events, such as meteor strikes, giant volcanic eruptions, even changes in living processes such as a new type of photosynthesis coming into existence, and the earth really doesn't mind. It's not a big deal to life in the grand scheme of things if the earth goes through a hothouse period, as within a few thousands or tens of thousands of years, plants will be suited to the new conditions and resume business as usual. Rapid change is bad for the people living at present though, because we (and everything else presently alive) are adapted to present conditions. We're not likely to make it through the adjustment period.

People ought to be concerned about people, not so much the earth. Attempting to preserve current conditions, or at least lower the rate of change, probably just happens to be in our best interests.