Saturday, January 16, 2010

His Robot Girlfriend Setting: Global Warming


One element of the setting for His Robot Girlfriend was the effect of global warming. It's hot in 2032-- really hot. I think it will be too. Even if we can get our stuff together and stop emitting green house gasses, and let's face it, that's not going to happen; it's already been heating up for several hundred years. It's not going to suddenly stop.
The earth has been on a cycle of a hundred thousand years of cold and ten thousand years of warm and then then a hundred thousand years of cold again for several million years. Ten thousand years ago the Ice Age ended. It got warmer and warmer and warmer, until about a thousand years ago, then it started getting colder again. Then all of a sudden it got warm. It's no surprise that sudden uncharacteristic warming began just at the same time as the industrial revolution.
I'm not saying the world is going to end and I'm not saying that the industrial revolution shouldn't have happened. I am saying that you should buy sunscreen.

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