….but we only have 14 hours to save the earth.
Bad news; it’s no longer 12 years to save the planet, but 18 months.
Good news; by January 2021, we can finally stop reading how long we will have to save the planet as it will be too late.
Unless you’re utterly bored today, don’t bother clicking the link to the article on the BBC website as it’s clearly been written by their AI Climate Bot (tm).
Artificial Intelligence journalism articles are often indistinguishable from human-generated pieces but there are tell-tale signs to be found if one looks hard enough.
An intelligent human, for example, even one who was massively ideologically biased, would never write a statement such as,
Do you remember the good old days when we had “12 years to save the planet”?
…without at least a little introspection on how many times a deadline had been previously given that had subsequently been passed without obvious consequence.
As a persuasive technique, it’s a terrible strategy to ask the question, do you remember when we only had 12 years left, as it prompts several unhelpful answers in the mind of the reader.
- Yes, we only had ten years in 2006, and
- Yes, we only had fifteen years in 2007, and
- Yes, we also only had eight years in 2007, and
- Ah, fuck it; here’s a list of a load of the last chances we’ve gone past during the last twenty years (with supporting links to the original claims, before you tell me the WattsUp website is propaganda).
Depending on your age, health, genetics and lifestyle, you probably have somewhere between zero and seventy years left.
I strongly suspect the earth, humanity and most of the other species will still be getting along just fine long after you’re gone.
Claims of this being our “last chance” are, at best, delusional, but more likely motivated by a desire for a combination of wealth, power, fame and attention.
That our media agree to publish this spoonfed nonsense without critical analysis tells you everything you need to know about how much else of their content can be trusted.