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Do you think this article marks the beginning of the end of life on earth?

Asked by GeorgeGee (4920points) July 17th, 2010

Scientists discovered a huge thinning of the upper atmosphere. It’s what protects all life on earth from cosmic rays and other perils.
http://www.cnn.com/2010/US/07/16/nasa.upper.atmosphere.shrinking/index.html?iref=NS1

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john65pennington's avatar

Not really. i read the article in its entirety. according to scientists, this has occured before and carbon dioxide may be to blame. scientists are concerned, but not that concerned, since they stated they have two years to figure this out. why two years? unknown.

chyna's avatar

@john65pennington I really wish they had not said two years. It’s going to bring out those crazy Milan Calendar end of the world people again.

plethora's avatar

Despite the puzzling anomaly, the collapse of the thermosphere is unlikely to have a direct effect on our daily lives, said Soloman

Sounds like a slow news day go me. It’s happened before.

ETpro's avatar

It’s clearly something to be concerned about. But the end of life as we know it. If the scientists studying it even remotely suspected that, it would be banner headlines all around the world. Most likely the first negative effects would be a increase in skin cancers and deadly melanoma. Also, it will probably be easier for solar flares to disrupt communicatins beneath the less protected area.

Your_Majesty's avatar

Not yet. At least not enough for us to experience the outcome of this particular situation.

Coloma's avatar

The woes of the world and it’s subsequent demise have been going on since time immemorial.

I don’t walk around hooked up to the slow fear drip of media.

Even the sun will die….someday, and that “someday” has supposedly been just about ANY day for as long as humanity has existed. lol

HungryGuy's avatar

@Coloma – Uhm no. Scientists have known for some time that the sun will expire in about 5 billion years when it has converted all its hydrogen into helium.

Coloma's avatar

@HungryGuy

Right. Someday. lol

Austinlad's avatar

From “Annie Hall”:

Doctor: Why are you depressed, Alvy?
Alvy’s Mom: Tell Dr. Flicker.
[Young Alvy sits, his head down – his mother answers for him]
Alvy’s Mom: It’s something he read.
Alvy: The universe is expanding.
Doctor: The universe is expanding?
Alvy: Well, the universe is everything, and if it’s expanding, someday it will break apart and that would be the end of everything!
Alvy’s Mom: What is that your business? He stopped doing his homework!
Alvy: What’s the point?
Alvy’s Mom: What has the universe got to do with it? You’re here in Brooklyn! Brooklyn is not expanding!
Doctor: It won’t be expanding for billions of years yet, Alvy. And we’ve gotta try to enjoy ourselves while we’re here! While we’re here!

Keysha's avatar

Considering how many times there have been holes in the ozone, I doubt it is any big deal.

Coloma's avatar

@Austinlad

Hahaha…perfect! ;-)

plethora's avatar

@Austinlad Yeah, thats great…absolutely perfect….:)

FutureMemory's avatar

@chyna The Italians have their own calendar? i think you might mean Mayan.

chyna's avatar

@FutureMemory Ha, yes. I can’t spell.

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