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No, Climate Change Will Not End the World in 12 Years

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    I have always hated this pedantic, "technically correct" argument which does nothing to further any reasonable discussion. When people say "we have a decade to act", it's not as if the world will...

    Earth, as a whole, will be okay—for at least another few billion years. What's less settled is how humans and the rest of biodiversity on the planet will fare in the decades and centuries to come. That's up to us and I hope we work to highlight hope over Armageddon.

    I have always hated this pedantic, "technically correct" argument which does nothing to further any reasonable discussion. When people say "we have a decade to act", it's not as if the world will suddenly burst into flames and everything dies, no, it refers to the sand slipping away in the hourglass, the ticking timer that lets us know we have a few short years to act to avoid "catastrophic" (i.e. greater than 1.5°C) planetary warming.

    Literally no one thinks the world is going to become completely uninhabitable this century, but that's not to say there isn't a massive cause for concern: we're irreparably altering this planet's biodiversity, oceans, land, and atmosphere at a precarious rate that hasn't occurred since the last mass extinction event.

    This author has basically said nothing of value here, other than to act as that narcissistic pedant who wants to interject in your average university lecture theater when the lecturer makes a contextual quote that 99% of people understand to be true but may not be technically correct, just to make a superfluous point.

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