First of all, read about this New Report: Global Warming is Irreversible.
The old tired argument about whether global warming is a reality (and whether or not its human caused) has always been directly related to whether you watch Fox News or listen to NPR. I’m sure it doesn’t have to do with the fact that one is tyrannically controlled by a billionaire who stands to lose much (like all billionaires do) if people started being more conscientious about how their everyday lives affect the environment (not to mention funded by multinational corporations who are in the same position), while the other has always been donor-funded and exists solely in the public interest. But I digress, the arguments and the “proof” matters less when you think about it in terms of consequences for being right or wrong. Thus, Pascal’s Wager. I am sure I am not the first to make this adjustment to Blaise Pascal’s famous Wager…
Pascal’s Wager Applied to Global Warming
1. If global warming is false, and you don’t do anything about it, you have not lost or gained anything in relation to the environment.
2. If global warming is false, and you do whatever you can to slow it down, you’ve lost nothing, and gained a healthier, greener planet.
3. If global warming is true, and you have done nothing about it, you’ve contributed to the greatest human catastrophe of all time.
4. If global warming is true, and you do everything in your power to slow it down, you may (along with the concerted effort of the rest of the human race) stop unimaginable suffering and loss.
This new study seems to indicate that we need to hurry up and make the intelligent wager now, before the stakes (counted in human lives) get higher than they already are.