Well last I checked, extreme heat can cause bush fires. Is that not catastrophic enough?
And loss of lives as well!
A bushfire would not be too concerned about a 0.8C change in temperature.
On a side note, there has been no increase in bushfires due to 'global warming'.
I just want to put a little perspective around this.
One of the biggest issues of increased temperatures if the adverse effects it will have on a lot of life forms. Evolution is the process in which these life forms have developed to the particular features, characteristics and practices they currently exhibit. The thing is that evolution is an incredibly slow process.
The earth is estimated to be 4.5 billion years (4,500,000,000) old.
It took a billion years just to get simple celled organisms. The first primates are estimated to have appeared 60 million years ago.
In regard to the barrier reef, the earliest evidence of complete reef structures is estimated to have been 600,000 years ago and the current, living reef structure is believed to have begun growing on the older platform about 20,000 years ago.
When we talk about 15 years, 17 years etc how do you really think that compares in the scheme of things?
The fact remains that humans are responsible for emitting amounts of gases in the atmosphere that are impacting climates above and beyond natural cycles and thus life on earth as we know it.
But busybee! 'We can all just adapt!'
Who cares about all the other earthly life forms!
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