Friday, March 23, 2007

Some real Earth Science!

After entry after entry on the politically motivated science of climate change, it is a welcome relief to read a BBC article that covers a topic (close to my heart) without all the mumbo jumbo, scare tactics and politicization of an Al Gore presentation.

If only all science could be reported in the same way. But it isn't.

There is a link between this research and modern day climate change science, however. By demonstrating that processes we see today also existed 3.8 billion years ago, geologists are able to demonstrate the incredible staying power of the physical processes that underpin everything about this planet. In so many ways the biological imprint on this incredibly strong foundation is seen to be transitory. Humankind worries about "saving the planet" when what they really mean is "saving the biota on the planet".

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