Friday, February 29, 2008

Perhaps Science Could Solve All Our Problems...if we had the time.

I don't want to sound like a cynic, actually I'm generally very optimistic, but I sometimes wonder if we'll have time to turn around our behaviours and actually save the planet from extinction.

The shocking rise in world temperatures is threatening as many as half of the worlds species...eventually the tipping point for our own species could also be reached. Disease continues to spread. Wars are no less frequent than ever in history, but with greater technology becoming ever more available, they are far more bloody. All of this sounds very grim, but every so often some new breakthrough seems to offer hope, whether it be a breakthrough in "green technology", medicine, or a new peace initiative.

This all came to mind as I was reading this latest discovery that brings more hope for a cure for HIV/Aids. This is but a string of breakthroughs that indeed do offer some degree of hope that we'll eventually be able to stop this disease that not only ruins lives, but is ruining a continent.

I do wonder though if the cure does come, will it be too late?

I also wonder if we have time to save the world from disease, famine, war, and the worst of these...climate change.

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