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You have convinced me:  This thing is fated to occur. Not for the reasons Crutzen suggests.

Exactly, we will most likely take over the entire biosphere and use huge amounts of energy to make up for the cleaning and stabilization functions of the biota that won't be there any longer. We may even come to see acid rain as an acceptable price to pay to prevent global warming.

Luckily, we don't have more than 50 years of coal anyway.

Those whom the Gods wish to destroy They first make mad. -- Euripides

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Oct 14th, 2006 at 07:07:20 AM EST
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