There are quite a few big issues floating around the world these days which could have a major impact on life in the future. Now I’m not well versed in the current scientific mumbo jumbo but my understanding is that it goes soemthing like this;
Polution is bad. Air polution in particular has a very nasty effect on the ozone. The ozone is what protects the earth from adverse amounts of radiation from the sun. The increase in radiation can be exemplified by global warming. The main claim of Global warming is the melting of ice caps and hence the increase in sea levels / reduction in land levels.
If the earth gets hot enough and the ice caps melt enough, then we will all be flooded (or our childrens childrens childrens…. children^(n). Now since those ice caps have probably been around since the ice ages… it stands to reason that they have been melting ever since. Now its going to be a long long time before anything bad happens, but we have a lot of very intelligent people who claim to know that this is definately going to happen.
So what will be done about it in our lifetime? What can we do about it? I’ll let you think about that for a while because… the reality is, while it is a very important issue I’m afraid to say that I really have to go do some work on my thesis, which on a global scale is far less important, yet has a deadline of November 13th, 2006.
Sad isn’t it, how the world works.