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Comment: Re:Overshoot (Score 1) 399

by lionheart1327 (#25762853) Attached to: Reducing the Risk of Human Extinction
You know, there are other sources of energy. Fossil fuels are simply the first ones discovered because they're really really easy to use. You just basically set them on fire. Now, using this energy source and the advances that it has allowed we will progress to using more complicated but much more long-lasting sources of energy. Don't worry, our population will keep going up.
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Michael Crichton Dead At 66 388

Posted by samzenpus
from the velociraptors-confirm-it dept.
Many readers have submitted stories about the death of Michael Crichton. The 66-year-old author of Jurassic Park and The Andromeda Strain died unexpectedly Tuesday "after a courageous and private battle against cancer," a press release said. In addition to writing, he also directed such sci-fi classics as Westworld and Runaway. Crichton was married five times and had one child.

Melting Arctic Ice Has Consequences 466

Posted by kdawson
from the darn-it-I-really-liked-polar-bears dept.
OriginalArlen writes to tell us about some compelling global warming coverage in the Washington Post. First there is an article about a study indicating that melting Arctic ice is threatening polar bears with extinction. The article quotes an environmentalist: "This study is the smoking gun. Skeptics, polluting industries and President Bush can't run away from this one." And the polar melting is opening new shipping lanes. The second article details a trip late in October through the Northwest Passage by a Canadian icebreaker. Never before in history could this trip have been accomplished so late in the year; ice would have choked off the passage. Estimates of when the passage might be navigable by commercial shipping range from 2020 to the end of the century. The indigeneous people are not looking forward to this development.

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