We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history there is such a thing as being too late. Procrastination is still the thief of time. Life often leaves us standing bare, naked and dejected with a lost opportunity. The ‘tide in the affairs of men’ does not remain at the flood; it ebbs.We may cry out desperately for time to pause in her passage, but time is deaf to every plea and rushes on. Over the bleached bones and jumbled residue of numerous civilizations are written the pathetic words: ‘Too late… .’— Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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“Climate change is today's problem not tomorrow's. If we don't take action now to understand the changing nature of our planet we will face extinction.” - Lloyd's of London director, Rolf Tolle.
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“To me the question of the environment is more ominous than that of peace and war…I'm more worried about global warming than I am of any major military conflict.”
- U.N. Weapons Inspector Hans Blix, (March 14, 2003)
“What good is a philosopher who doesn’t annoy anyone?”
This question may finally provide an answer to the riddle: What is it with Michael Crichton, anyway?
The “father of the techno thriller” was the marquee speaker at The Environmental Wars – a Science Skeptics conference during which a parade of speakers with stunning academic credentials had offered a whole day’s worth of data proving that the debate about climate change is over.
Drs. Prothero and Fagan presented historical trend lines that are fairly terrifying if you follow the logical extension of their climate graphs. But Dr.Gregory Benford addressed possible innovations—methods by which humankind can take charge of the earth’s climate on purpose, instead of just screwing it up by accident. We’re trying to track him down for a podcast that will explain his most fascinating proposal – broadcasting “UVB Chaff” into the upper atmosphere to deflect ultraviolet radiation.