"At the end of the 60s sci-fi classic, The Day the Earth Caught Fire, the
camera pans across the Daily Express case room to a front page proof hanging on
a wall. “World Saved”, screams the headline. The camera pans. “World Doomed”,
announces the proof beside it.
Which page will the printers be told to select? We never find out, for the film
concludes without revealing the fate of our planet whose rotation has been sent
spiralling out of control by simultaneous Soviet and US atom bomb tests. All we
know is that Earth’s fate hangs in the balance thanks to human stupidity.
Such a vision may be the stuff of popular entertainment but it comes
uncomfortably close to our own uncertain future, as highlighted last week by an
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, which effectively
announced “a code red” warning for our species. Unequivocal evidence showed
greenhouse gas emissions were propelling us towards a calamitous fiery future
triggered by extreme climate change, it announced. Only urgent reductions of
fossil fuel emissions can hope to save us."
Via Robert Sanscartier.
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics