Financial Crisis Saves Planet?

Reading this short post from NPR’s Planet Money blog, Recession Gives Planet (Brief) Break On Climate Change, makes me wonder if a hundred years from now, economic and climate historians might argue about whether the financial crisis of the late 2000s saved the planet by delaying the emission of enough GHGs to make possible the transition to new technologies, new standards, etc. It would make a fun (social) science fiction story, if nothing else. Of course, this assumes we manage to take our brief reprieve from the ceaseless in increase in CO2 emissions and do something useful with it. I wonder how that’s going.

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1 Comment

  1. Pete B

     /  October 11, 2009

    Speculatively speaking, it might just possibly be the other way round. It seems to me that proponents of Lovelock’s Gaia theory, having said ‘Earth’s living things make up a single functional system’ – then take the unwonted step of putting man outside and in a unique relationship with that system (unconscious reasoning based on Abrahamic religion maybe).

    What if the recession is simply Gaia modifying one of her sub-systems that was running away a bit?