“Rising seas will be unstoppable”

Carl Safina, author of the exquisite The View From Lazy Point, writes, in part:




This is news you can snooze. So go ahead and hit that snooze button.

Could we plan for what will happen centuries from now if we wanted to? Should we plan for what will happen? Will there even be people centuries from now? If there are, do we owe them anything? The next 200, 500 years, are not for us to worry about.

The future isn’t what it once was, but their business isn’t our business. Unimaginable technology has always come to the rescue and always will. Like, we will invent giant, cost-effective floats for New York City and all the other cities and towns on the world’s coasts, or something.

But, there’s more to it.

Indeed. There is.

You have no idea what it will be like. To get somewhat corny, “You’re toying with powerful forces here.” But, it is true, even if you don’t like former Vice President Al Gore.

I have no doubt that in reality the future will be vastly more surprising than anything I can imagine. Now my own suspicion is that the Universe is not only queerer than we suppose, but queerer than we can suppose.

(Due to J. B. S. Haldane, but not in the manner he expected.)

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