--Ohio State University scientist Lonnie Thompson,
Scientists are by training and nature conservative and...have
probably underestimated our impact. Fifty years from now--
I hope I'm wrong--I think you may be living in a world where you don't go outside between one and four in the afternoon.
quoted in The Coming Meltdown, Bill McKibbon, NYRB Jan. 12, 2006
And yet the museums and the Earth's crust are full of long-extinct species, and we've muddled on somehow. I guess the only difference is that most of us know we're living in an unsustainable manner, but are unwilling to stop the bad behaviors. Folks are digging coal a mile down in WVa so I can burn electric lights on my Xmas tree, goddam it.
Here's hoping that little fir tree gets to be eight foot high too.