View Poll Results: In your opinion, which is the greatest threat to the planet/

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  • Global Warming

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  • Human overpopulation

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  • Planet-killing meteor

    9 17.31%
  • Death of the Sun

    8 15.38%
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    Re: Greatest threat to this planet.

    Religion.
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    Re: Greatest threat to this planet.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bodhisattva View Post
    People think over population is a greater threat to THE PLANET than the death of the sun? What da ****?

    Me thinks people do not realize exactly the vastness the planet's land mass .. Every person on the planet will fit within the U.S. State of Texas and own 1000-1200 sq. ft.

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    Re: Greatest threat to this planet.

    Quote Originally Posted by Thom Paine View Post
    Me thinks people do not realize exactly the vastness the planet's land mass .. Every person on the planet will fit within the U.S. State of Texas and own 1000-1200 sq. ft.

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    And global warming will simply create more liveable areas as ice melts and higher elevations warm up...
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    Re: Greatest threat to this planet.

    Human over population easily because that also causes global warming, although pollution has been going down in recent years in more developed countries such as USA and Japan. As much as I hate to say it, we need a war or a plague. Or something like "Interstellar" to happen within the next 100 years. Ebola anyone?
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    Re: Greatest threat to this planet.

    Terribly worded poll.

    The death of the sun is not a 'possibility', its a certainty. But its also a long, long way off...past the point where humans will still be humans, assuming evolutionary pressures will still apply in the future.

    A meteor is also a certainty. But it wont 'kill' the planet. Good chance it may wipe out humans/post-human forms one day, but again, this could be millions of years in the future.

    Overpopulation wont kill the planet. It will, of course, kill more humans, because the more humans alive, the more that die. Thats basic math. Its also doesnt seem to be an immediate threat, as population is predicted to level off by the end of the century.

    Global warming, of course, wont kill off the planet nor humans, but it will make things extremely difficult for many, and it will do it in a relatively short time frame. But thats just educated research scientists who believe that, and we all know they dont know as much as conservative pundits.

    Seems like nuclear war would be useful to put on the list if you are talking about the death of humanity. Thats still a real possibility.
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    Re: Greatest threat to this planet.

    Quote Originally Posted by sangha View Post
    I can see why you'd say so, but IMO a population that remained steady at a sustainable level would be a better indicator of success.

    Well, it's a success in the sense that we've overcome the natural dangers and limitations of our environment. I agree, it's not as healthy in the long run for our species or the planet, if we don't find some eco-friendly equilibrium. It seems the technological intelligence of our brain has developed much faster than our emotional reasoning, or we'd easily see this problem and moves towards a fix.
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    Re: Greatest threat to this planet.

    Sheldon Cooper procreating.

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    Re: Greatest threat to this planet.

    Quote Originally Posted by Thom Paine View Post
    Me thinks people do not realize exactly the vastness the planet's land mass .. Every person on the planet will fit within the U.S. State of Texas and own 1000-1200 sq. ft.

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    Re: Greatest threat to this planet.

    Quote Originally Posted by Dittohead not! View Post
    and what would all those Texans eat?

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    Re: Greatest threat to this planet.

    If we're talking threats to the actual planet, then honestly I can't think of too many. Solar expansion would destroy the atmosphere and the oceans, and boil away a decent chunk of the earth's mass, but there's still be something there after the sun shrank back down. It would just be a lump of dead rock though. A nearby gamma ray burst could do something similar. A large enough impact could destroy the planet, but we're talking something incredibly huge, like the size of the moon or bigger.

    If we're talking threats to humanity as a whole, then that opens up a lot more possibilities. Global warming is a threat to society, but not to the global population as a whole. Even if the earth warmed enough to melt all the ice caps and completely change the climate around the whole planet, humanity would survive. It would be tough, and the earth might not be able to support as large a population as it does now, but we'd survive. I don't see how overpopulation could be a threat to humanity, because it's self-limiting. If there are too many people to support, more people will start dying of starvation, disease, and/or lack of water, and the population will go down until we can support it again.

    An asteroid impact like the K-T extinction would be a threat, but I think we'd get through that as well. Recent evidence has started showing that it wasn't just the asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs. It was a series of things happening in a short period of time, and the asteroid was the nail in the coffin. An asteroid of that size impacting would be devastating, probably on a continental scale, but humanity would survive. A much larger (or faster moving) impact might wipe us out, but that kind of thing is extraordinarily rare.

    A super-volcano erupting would likely have similar effects to an asteroid impact.

    Nuclear war wouldn't wipe out humanity, there aren't enough nukes to do it.

    I'm not really sure what's the most likely thing that could wipe us out, if anything ever does. I suspect if it did happen, we'd never see it coming.

    If I have to guess though, I'm going to go with some kind of large-scale industrial accident. Nanotechnology gone wrong maybe, or a rogue AI. Or some kind of runaway reaction accidentally caused in a particle accelerator.
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