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    Should we be more worried about ebola or climate change?

    Which one of these issues poses the larger threat?

    The context of the poll is at an overall, global level. However I welcome peoples thoughts on which poses the biggest threat at national and local levels. Is there a certain hypocrisy (from both sides perhaps) in getting alarmed about one but not the other?

    Even if you aren't particularly worried about either, do you think one should warrant more discussion/coverage than the other? If you do truly believe both are inconsequential, explain why.




    For the record, I very much feel that climate change is the far larger threat, but I get the feeling many on here will disagree with me...

    EDIT: Mods, is there any way that this can be changed to public? Think I missed the checkbox....
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    Re: Should we be more worried about ebola or climate change?

    Quote Originally Posted by Nilly View Post
    Which one of these issues poses the larger threat?

    The context of the poll is at an overall, global level. However I welcome peoples thoughts on which poses the biggest threat at national and local levels. Is there a certain hypocrisy (from both sides perhaps) in getting alarmed about one but not the other?

    Even if you aren't particularly worried about either, do you think one should warrant more discussion/coverage than the other? If you do truly believe both are inconsequential, explain why.




    For the record, I very much feel that climate change is the far larger threat, but I get the feeling many on here will disagree with me...

    EDIT: Mods, is there any way that this can be changed to public? Think I missed the checkbox....
    Honestly, I'm not particularly worried about either. I never worried about Ebola. I don't dwell on climate change as I don't think it's the biggest crisis we have.

    I'm fine with more discussion about CC. As far as Ebola, I think that's all but dead at this point in terms of it being a crisis.
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    Re: Should we be more worried about ebola or climate change?

    Climate change... to me... is a lost cause. You can't fix it, it's going to happen... or not, not much we can do unless we are able to regulate and reduce the world population on a massive scale. Many environmentally friendly proposals are actually not environmentally friendly and sometimes provide worse consequences.
    Continuing to trying to improve the environment and how we impact it is important, but that's something that should be there with or without global warming...

    We have the power to shut Ebola down/ let it run rampant/etc. So I guess technically that is the more pressing issue to me of the two.

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    Re: Should we be more worried about ebola or climate change?

    Neither !
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    Re: Should we be more worried about ebola or climate change?

    Quote Originally Posted by Nilly View Post
    Which one of these issues poses the larger threat?

    The context of the poll is at an overall, global level. However I welcome peoples thoughts on which poses the biggest threat at national and local levels. Is there a certain hypocrisy (from both sides perhaps) in getting alarmed about one but not the other?

    Even if you aren't particularly worried about either, do you think one should warrant more discussion/coverage than the other? If you do truly believe both are inconsequential, explain why.

    For the record, I very much feel that climate change is the far larger threat, but I get the feeling many on here will disagree with me...

    EDIT: Mods, is there any way that this can be changed to public? Think I missed the checkbox....
    Do you really think that Ebola poses more than the slightest danger other than as a regional one in its present morph? It could become more dangerous, if it mutates and we should be prepared.
    The same in another sense is true of climate warming. It is quite possible that it will become a threat to certain regions and groups. But the issue is still not really convincingly human caused. It also is only one problem in a plethora of similar ones based in an ecological quagmire we have benefited from so nicely. Again we might want to take out insurance. But do we really want to change our lifestyles before we know it is necessary?

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    Re: Should we be more worried about ebola or climate change?

    Neither.
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    Re: Should we be more worried about ebola or climate change?

    This thread would have been much more entertaining if a third option was being worried about voter fraud.
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    Re: Should we be more worried about ebola or climate change?

    We have no control over the sun so why worry about climate change ? Greenland use to be green

    Back in 900 A.D. Greenland was a Viking's vacation destination.

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    Re: Should we be more worried about ebola or climate change?

    Quote Originally Posted by Nilly View Post
    Which one of these issues poses the larger threat?

    The context of the poll is at an overall, global level. However I welcome peoples thoughts on which poses the biggest threat at national and local levels. Is there a certain hypocrisy (from both sides perhaps) in getting alarmed about one but not the other?

    Even if you aren't particularly worried about either, do you think one should warrant more discussion/coverage than the other? If you do truly believe both are inconsequential, explain why.




    For the record, I very much feel that climate change is the far larger threat, but I get the feeling many on here will disagree with me...

    EDIT: Mods, is there any way that this can be changed to public? Think I missed the checkbox....
    First, I want to say that there is a distinct difference between "being concerned" and "panicking", and when I read many media reports, I get the feeling that it would serve many people very well if they were much more relaxed. Neither problem is likely going to threaten all of us, nor is the threat imminent (doesn't mean it isn't real and serious).

    That said, it's IMO apples and oranges ... I think both problems deserve attention, but their scope and threat is very different.

    The current ebola outbreak so far is mostly just a local problem. And while it may be the worst pandemia of its kind, we're still just talking about a couple of thousand affected people, which, as bad as it is for them, is still next to nothing in a global context. I won't worry much until I read about hundreds of sudden new ebola cases in a Western country and an apparent failing of Western hygiene and medical measures.

    As for global warming, based on all I read I do believe it is a scientific consensus that it does exist and is most likely man-made, but there is still much disagreement how fast it is progressing and how grave the consequences will be. Also, it is impossible to predict which region exactly will be affected in which way -- some regions may suffer floods, some regions may desert, but on the other side, it's also well possible that previously dryer regions get more rain. So it really depends where exactly you live, to determine how much it will affect your life. The Maledives are drowning these days already, and I guess the Netherlands or Bangladesh will get serious problems too. On the other side, more crops can be grown in Greenland.

    I am not very optimistic much can still be done to stop climate change, but at best we can hope that we can slow it down (using more regenerative energy sources instead of fossil fuels makes sense on so many levels, it's a no-brainer -- even if you deny climate change, you can still list other reasons in favor of it, ranging from "common" concern about pollution to independence from oil imports). And much will depend how well we, mankind in general, will manage to organize a transition for people in negatively affected regions. Say, for example, the Netherlands can no longer maintain their dams, that will cause millions of displaced people who have to find a new home permanently. That can go smoothly if organized well, or it can result in a total chaos.
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    Re: Should we be more worried about ebola or climate change?

    Quote Originally Posted by APACHERAT View Post
    We have no control over the sun so why worry about climate change ? Greenland use to be green

    Back in 900 A.D. Greenland was a Viking's vacation destination.
    Not all climate change is disastrous, so that means we shouldn't ever worry about any climate change!

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