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What is the greatest challenge that civilization faces?

The answer is simple; climate change! With such an enormous challenge facing civilization one would think that a concerted effort would be made by everyone to address the situation. Not so. In the world powerhouse USA we have a republican party that denies climate change for no other reason other that it costs money to address the problem. They are more concerned with their money than the safety of thousands of people who live along the coasts.I am unable to understand what appears so obvious to be rejected by these people.

Marine 8 Aug 10

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Advancement

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Long term, you are correct. In the short term, our greatest threat is the culture of greed, corruption, and ethnocentrism exemplified by Trump and his supporters.

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In 5 billion years the sun will go red giant and swallow the earth - need to figure out a way to survive off this planet or we're doomed.

I'm cool with that. 5 billion years is pretty much unimaginable. 1 billion seconds is over 31 years so putting that 5 billion years into the context of human lives? We have nothing to worry about as a species. We just invented the internal combustion engine in the last blink of an eye and look where we are now!

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human stupidity

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The planet doesn't care it won't miss humanity at all.
Its kinda like diaper rash on a baby's ass
Oops here comes the ointment.

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Humans.

Carin Level 8 Aug 10, 2018
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I'd go with overpopulation. We see a lot of ridiculous charts describing how we could move Earths entire population to Australia or such. We are not the Borg. We can be for awhile until we tire of it and run screaming for the great outdoors to toast a marshmellow. We evolved from hunter gatherers over hundreds of thousands of years. Pop psychology can bewitch us into a lot of mindsets temporarily but nothing is actually going to change us. We need space.

I grew up listening to neighbors complain through my bedroom window. I'd never expose a kid to that.

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"Plot idea: 97% of the world's scientists contrive an environmental crisis, but are exposed by a plucky band of billionaires & oil companies."
I quoted a tweet from someone else here because it captures in a nutshell how absurd it is to still be denying climate change and that mankind is predominantly responsible. This has been known now for 30 years and the evidence still being collected unambiguously supports this.
This is so much like when Big Tobacco created disinformation campaigns to confuse and cast doubt on cigarettes causing cancer. Now we have Big Oil with Trillions of dollars at stake trying to do the same thing and they know how to influence the government, they have politicians bought and paid for and they have a propaganda campaign where is no object.
This is so obvious, the science is clear, the evidence is clear, but it's easy to confuse the public.
United States is the only developed country, for example, where more than 60% of the population does not believe in Evolution. There is so much religious and political propaganda.
Yes, climate change is an existential threat even the Pentagon realizes this.
What do we have to lose by developing alternative, renewable and clean energy. Nothing to lose, everything to gain... so why are they trying stop it?

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Humans.

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Population growth

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Civilization's greatest challenge is the people making up the civilization.

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Humans

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It doesn’t help that “Haarp” exists🤔

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at jorj. your words I quote from below. "at least the republicans aren't making false promises to get votes. And the dems are more evil?" -Excuse me, I can't be kind about this. Are you XXXXcking stupid?? What rock did crawl out from under?

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The biggest problem is being civilized. We've evolved to the point of being cavemen with smartphones.

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Considering that smoke from the California wildfires has reached New York City I’d say it’s time for the Chinese global warming hoax to end before more people die. Someone needs to tell them to knock it off because it has gone too far now.

But seriously do you think that people that still believe in the magic salvation blood of a bronze age Jewish fictional character actually have what it takes to wake up to global warming. Half will think it’s fulfillment of prophecy and a bunch will think it’s all in Gods hands. We will all die in the aftermath of Earths runaway greenhouse effect because we didn’t take even small steps to re-terraform the Earth and as they die they’ll still be waiting for a fictional God to come save us.

Sometimes it seems the extinction of humanity might not be worse than how we’ll fuck up the galaxy should we survive to explore it. A bunch of primates one half a chromosome away from chimps that think they’re divine, such arrogance.

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Problem is with short-term thinking. Getting a tax break at the expense of clean air and water for our children and grandchildren is a pretty bad investment. Makes sense if you only care about yourself, i.e. you’re a Republican.

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civilization itself is the biggest threat!!

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Climate change is not the greatest challenge of civilization. Climate change is a byproduct of a society that prioritizes poorly what we should be concerned with. This is due to a combination of dishonest leaders and massive mistrust in anyone outside your preconceived ideas.

If our society could properly focus on what is important, climate change and the problems it would cause for humanity has simple answers that we can put into place if we could figure out how to agree on facts and work together.

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All problems humanity is facing and will continue to face going forward is the world population....... That's the root cause of all present and future problems

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Man killing man kind. Climate change included (but not limited to).

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The reason the Reepublicans do not like to talk about climate change is because they are making a lot of money selling gas as in gasoline and natural gas. As long as profit talks they will no acknowledge climate change.

Very well stated. Their first requirement is to make money they will never spend so they can passit on tax free under trump.

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The greatest challenge to civilization is finding people that are, actually, civilized. If you look, Hate, Violence and Division are all around us. Most of it stems from the vitriolic comments made by our leadership. With leaders like that, we don't need enemies.

I don't think it will happen in my lifetime.

@Marine Which? Finding civilized people? I've been searching since the 60s and have only found a few people that I would call "civilized". Most of them were raised in cultures that most would call "backwards".

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civilization itself

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the trumpers really are from some other planet

@Marine There you go Marine, I rest my case. Space Aliens to be Exact. Like always Marines backing up the Navy if not Leading The Charge... Semper Fidelis.

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Climate change. Hands down.

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