That’s what needs to be done, besides very few people live in a stable climate year round.
Part of what we humans should be doing to adapt is to do whatever we can to lessen our impact on the climate.
Adaptation is a great idea. Kinda hard on the forests, though. Not to mention all the animals (including people) who live within an inch or two of sea level. Also not mentioning that chaotic weather isn’t something you can feasibly adapt to… except by moving (maybe ) or burrowing.
There’s a BBC TV series called: CLARKSON’S FARM – currently available on Amazon Prime – that has Jeremy Clarkson (of TOP GEAR fame) deciding to manage running a thousand acre farm in the Cotswolds he owned when his farm manager retired. As far as I’m concerned it should have been named: FARMING 101, and the watching should be mandatory for everyone, but most certainly lawmakers. For years I’ve heard about farmers complaining about this or that, but it’s never hit home until I watched this series. The thousand and one little things that serve to make farming risky and difficult are presented, and although it’s in Britain, the same holds true here (and perhaps, everywhere). The contemporary technologies available and utilised by advanced farmers are nothing short of fascinating – at least to this city boy. Uncontrollable things like the miserable weather, and similarly uncontrollable things like complaints from the local council (busybodies), to the alphabetic lists of governmental agencies that insist upon perfection in their mandatory checklists – these all exist to make farming nearly impossible to perform profitably, and particularly during COVID lockdown. The cameras were on Jeremy and his crew as he learned the hard lessons of 2020s farming.
And it’s been years since I laughed so hard my sides hurt.
You gotta see it.
It’s a game changer.
In our arrogance we think the laws of Darwin are matters of science and textbooks, but can and should be overridden by humans. Our human ignorance continues to amaze me.
In the end, I don’t think the world will care if there are people in it. Look at the dinosaurs, mastodons, and other extinct species. the world continues even if they don’t.
yes, adapt to peak oil. adapt to air we can’t breath, water we can’t drink, and soil we can’t grow food in. sure, we can possibly find technological solutions and adapt, but wouldn’t it essentially be more cost effective and just plain effective in the short and long run to change our behaviors to stop polluting the air, water, and soil, and doing that would also address the carbon in the atmosphere causing global warming and climate change.
No one,wants to take the blame for a simple,task of doing what’s right!
Problem is…. what IS right…or left? ☹️
The saber-tooth should have adapted by eating the human which would have prevented HUMAN-caused climate change.
I think Marty is saying that in order to escape extinction we have to adapt. Well, of course we have to change our behaviour (that means our whole economic sysstem) but we have to recognize that human beings are part of a vast network of organisms, and even if we can somehow “adapt” (by intentionally changing our behavior) these other organisims can’t adapt (in biological terms) quickly enough to make a difference. A plant or an insect or an amphibian or a reptile or a mammal (or rather, a whole species) can’t intentionally decide to adapt to new circumstances. Once these other parts of the network start to fail, then as a consequence we will feel the effects. I’m not saying we’re doomed. I have hopes that some kind of human civilization will manage to survive, but the world our grandchildren live in will not be nice and cosy.
Mr. Two Bulls, “adapt” is a nice idea, but the massive cost of life that will ensue makes it cruel if not absurd. We are not a few hundred thousand nomads wandering the planet anymore. We have eight billion human beings highly dependent on the current climate and the complex technological infrastructure that allows us to feed that many people (albeit not all as fairly as I would like).
We already see shifts in climate having an impact on water supplies (e.g., look at the Colorado River Basin, which supplies water for much of the Southwest), land fertility and consequent famine, and extreme weather. It’s not just getting warmer, the Earth is getting more energy in its atmospheric systems, which leads to more extremes everywhere. We can expect (and are already getting) more variation in weather, and more upper-end events like superstorms.
Climate change deniers like using the term “adapt,” because it implies they can ignore what we did to our planet, and that those who think we need to change are merely stupid or stuck, whereas in fact they are the ones who refuse to change.
If we did nothing, life on Earth would adapt – after a massive extinction of those who didn’t change fast enough, which, again, is already happening – but there’s no guarantee that any decent percentage of humanity would survive. Evolutionary adaptation is cruel when it must move quickly, and in this case global warming could easily take down much of our civilization with it, leaving only the very wealthy able to “adapt,” if they were lucky.
The only time the people who re actively destroying the world will care is when there will be no one left to boss around.
Senator Sinema & Manchin inflame Progressives with a statement on the filibuster in Davos.
Democratic-thorn-in-the-side Joe Manchin asked Senator Sinema the following. “We still don’t agree on getting rid of the filibuster, correct?”
Sinema responded. “That’s correct.”
The two Senators then hand-slapped each other as if to rejoice in making the Senate both impotent and a ward of the plutocracy by the minority.
While this should be no surprise, it makes it clearer every day that our oligarchy does not have to spend too much on the political dysfunction that serves them well.
It is imperative that people vote for the most progressive candidates in the primaries and the general elections. Only then can we get the change we must have.
A human in northern latitudes at the end of the ice age would have most likely been wearing a fur lined hooded parka, pants, and fur lined leather boots. And carrying a stone tipped spear. I’m not certain of that, it’s just that I watch a lot of PBS.
We are uniquely evolved to live on this world in these (general) conditions. Destroying them will destroy us. There is no Plan B (and no “Planet B”). This is it.
BTW, the Earth will be fine in the long run, especially after it kills most of the human on it.
It reminds me of a Startrek episode where V’ger decides that the Enterprise is suffering from a “carbon unit” infestation, and the “carbon units” needed to be eliminated.
Extinction is the rule. Survival is the exception. Carl Sagan
November 20, 2017