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Global Warming: Don’t Fear the Reaper

A while ago, we gave you ten ironic reasons to support health care reform, but now we (finally) can give you an ironic reason (albeit just one) to not be too concerned about global warming (we know you were desperately looking for a reason to ignore it).

A panel of 41 international experts has reviewed all the existing evidence on the massive Cretaceous-Teriary extinction, which killed off over two-thirds of the species on earth including the dinosaurs, and has concluded that it was caused by a 15km wide asteroid that slammed into the Yucatan peninsula 65 million years ago. The impact resulted in a crater whose walls were (briefly) as high as the Himalayas, and ejected so much material into the atmosphere that temperatures plunged, wiping out most of the life on earth in a matter of days. Clearly, a change in global climate can cause major problems to life on earth.

But there is a bright side to this story. The study concludes:

These terrifying events led to darkness and a global winter, resulting in the extinction of more than 70% of known species. The tiny shrew-like mammals which were around at that time proved better adapted to survival than the cumbersome dinosaurs, and the removal of these dominant animals paved the way for the radiation of the mammals and eventual emergence of humans on Earth.

So I guess that if we are too stupid and cumbersome to overcome global warming, we might just be paving the way for some other — smarter — species to become the new dominant animals.

Maybe cockroaches?



  1. starluna wrote:

    I highly suspect that your choice of title was temptation for someone to make some logical connection to this and cowbells.

    Friday, March 5, 2010 at 12:34 pm | Permalink
  2. Iron Knee wrote:

    Well, there are actually TWO greenhouse gases. Everyone knows about carbon dioxide, but there is also methane. And methane is produced by (among other things) COWS!

    Besides, you always need more cowbell. I wonder if that’s the sound the meteor made as it struck the earth.

    Friday, March 5, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Permalink
  3. Sammy wrote:

    Next you’re going to tell us the NFL had championships before Super Bowl I.

    Friday, March 5, 2010 at 4:23 pm | Permalink
  4. Starluna. Gotta have more cowbell. 😉

    Friday, March 5, 2010 at 7:42 pm | Permalink
  5. starluna wrote:

    Especially when you have a fever.

    And there’s the connection to global warming!

    Saturday, March 6, 2010 at 5:29 pm | Permalink
  6. Iron Knee wrote:

    … and the only prescription … is more cowbell!

    Saturday, March 6, 2010 at 9:31 pm | Permalink