The debate "If all humans disappeared from earth the planet would be a better place." was started by
February 28, 2016, 9:44 pm.
8 people are on the agree side of this discussion, while 5 people are on the disagree side.
People are starting to choose their side.
It looks like most of the people in this community are on the agreeing side of this statement.
NaggingNut posted 3 arguments to the agreers part.
PoliticsAsUsual posted 3 arguments to the disagreers part.
NaggingNut, barman, RyanWakefield, danielle, ototoxic, truth_vs_true and 2 visitors agree.
PoliticsAsUsual, jen and 3 visitors disagree.
you mean if we disappear right now with no sort of climate or violent catastrophe?
not at all. we have added so much extra co2 into the air that it is in abundance. Plants will prosper, as will the animals that eat the plants. domesticated plant eaters also have a head start since so many predators have been driven near extinction.
the planet has seen higher co2 levels before, but the changes never happened this fast, and mammals were not around under those conditions.
We are not the only organisms to produce CO2 you know. Even plants produce carbon dioxide. And there is already an excess of Co2 in the air so if we do disappear the Co2 will, if anything, come to concentrations that will reduce global warming and thus decrease the rapid extinction of species.
I know bacteria can survive in the most extreme conditions. But I'm talking about all the other multicellular organisms. Animals, plants, birds etc.
Can i ask something so if we leave won't the amount of CO2 decrease in such a way that after a while all the plants die and hence it all ends?
mostly microscopic creatures, including small number of cell animals. Some plants may prosper, but not all. Reptiles may enjoy the warmer temperatures, but that depends on how much warmer, humidity, plant life, many other factors.
Many of today's multicellular life will probably die, eventually replaced by other forms. Considering we are making changes in centuries that usually take millenia, the shock may send life back to very simple forms, but it absolutely definitely won't eliminate all of it.
Better place for whom the monkeys?
you underestimate life. bacteria can survive in the most extreme environment. There are many types of bacteria that can not only survive, but thrive in environments that we never imagined that to be possible, including in the extreme temperatures, pressure, and radiation of space.
life will be fine, humanity will be screwed.
We're destroying all life on the planet. We're slowly making the planet uninhabitable. Not just for us, but for all life forms. So by better, I mean the earth will be able to sustain life that is currently thriving on it for a longer time if humans were to disappear forever.
define better? does the earth care? our actions thus far will only eliminate our life, life in general is very hardy.