If you have been following my blog posts, or been reading my books, then you will be aware that there are 3 key aspects to my view of the place of humans in the cosmos:
1) Humans will (well, already have, but this was 'inevitable' from the moment life first arose on the Earth) 'inevitably' set in motion the forces which will potentially cause very severe global warming.
2) This is not a bad thing. This is because it is a side-effect of the planet giving birth to the technological protection which benefits life on Earth. Technological protection takes many forms, but the most important one is the ability of life to technologically regulate the temperature of the atmosphere. Without this ability the planet will inevitably fall back to a state of lifelessness. So, 1) above, and in particular, concerns about 1), will lead to the human species regulating the temperature of the atmosphere and will thereby significantly bolster the chance that life will continue to exist in this region of the cosmos in the future.
3) The popular view which states that "life has existed for millions for years without humans, and that humans are the destroyers of life, and that life would survive on the planet into the distant future if humans were to go extinct" is wrong. Simplistic and plain wrong.
Of course, there are those who disagree with everything I have just said. In recent posts my focus has been on convincing you of the truth of 1). I will provide a little more support for the truth of 1) here. A recent study has concluded that most predictions of the amount of global warming that we can expect on the planet by the end of the century are way too low. The authors claim that we should expect what are currently "the most extreme predictions" (the most massive amount of warming) to prevail. This implies to me that new predictions will soon be needed which are even more extreme, than the present most extreme ones!
John Fasullo of the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, summarises the report:
“Warming is likely to be on the high side of the projections”
The current extreme projections are a "devastating" increase of eight degrees Fahrenheit by 2100. According to the Washington Post:
"Such an increase would substantially overshoot what the world’s leaders have identified as the threshold for triggering catastrophic consequences. In 2009, heads of state agreed to try to limit warming to 3.6 degrees, and many countries want a tighter limit."
It is surely only a matter of time before everyone - environmentalists, climate scientists, politicians, everyone on the planet - comes to realise the truth of 1), and comes to realise that the active control of the temperature of the atmosphere is the only feasible solution. The sooner this day of realisation arrives the better it will be for all of the life-forms which currently inhabit the Earth (the better it will be for 'life on Earth').