The line on climate change is that we have to address it in order to save the Earth. That’s not the best argument.
The Earth is going to be around for a couple of billion more years. And there will be life on Earth for a good chunk of that time. But that doesn’t mean humans are going to be around that long.
Ask the dinosaurs. The asteroid that hit the planet 65 million years ago (no, creationists, the Earth is not 10,000 years old) threw material in the air that led to rapid, extreme prehistoric climate change. Dinosaurs disappeared and mammals evolved and took over.
Now the mammals are creating their own, extended climate change. Since we’re going to keep it up, because the danger still doesn’t seem to register with people, it will be interesting to see what life form takes over after we’ve killed ourselves.
So climate change isn’t about saving the Earth. It’s about saving humanity. And humanity sure acts like it doesn’t want to be saved.
For all you head banging science nerds, the chemical composition of an electric guitar from Compound Interest (click to enlarge):
I don’t mean to get all science geek here, but we’re missing a major chemical compound in this chart: the wood that makes up the neck and the body. I don’t know what specific wood is used here (it varies by guitar), but Wikipedia tells me the main components of wood are approximately 50% carbon, 42% oxygen, 6% hydrogen, 1% nitrogen, and 1% other elements (mainly calcium, potassium, sodium, magnesium, iron, and manganese).
“It’s the Chemicals,” man! (Here’s some Inspired Flight, along with some electric guitar.)
This video, which was recently shared by I F—ing Love Science on Facebook, shows a snapshot of the human body from top to bottom in just 14 seconds. The images come from The Visible Human project, in which a cadaver was frozen, and then cut into 1,800 plus slices for imaging. The methodology is a little gruesome, but the result is the most complete top-to-bottom view of a human body that scientists and the public have seen.
The iconic yellow-bordered magazine, beset by financial issues, entered its own uncharted territory. In an effort to stave off further decline, the magazine was effectively sold by its nonprofit parent organization to a for-profit venture whose principal shareholder is one of Rupert Murdoch’s global media companies.
In exchange for $725 million, the National Geographic Society passed the troubled magazine and its book, map and other media assets to a partnership headed by 21st Century Fox, the Murdoch-controlled company that owns the 20th Century Fox movie studio, the Fox television network and Fox News Channel.