Pants-of-dog wrote:@Sivad has already argued that this is not a single incident, but is instead just a typical year.
I never claimed it was a typical year, there are a lot more fires this year then there have been over the last ten years.
If that is the case, and I see no reason to argue that, then this is an ongoing issue, and any negative cumulative effects could be significant.
Maybe in like a century or two but right now it's not a dire emergency. There's no immediate crisis, it's something we should pay attention to but it's not going to end the world in twelve years or anything.
Most of these problems will be resolved by technological innovation. most long term environmental problems are only problems if we don't factor in the power and pace of technological advancement. Just genetic modification alone has the potential to drastically reduce the area needed for farming and logging. Technology is evolving so rapidly that the world of 2119 will be almost unrecognizable to the world of 2019. Just look at how different the world of 2019 is from the world of 1919, it's fucking crazy how radically everything has changed and the pace of innovation is rapidly accelerating.
Ephemeralization, a term coined by R. Buckminster Fuller, is the ability of technological advancement to do "more and more with less and less until eventually you can do everything with nothing," that is, an accelerating increase in the efficiency of achieving the same or more output (products, services, information, etc.) while requiring less input (effort, time, resources, etc.). Fuller's vision was that ephemeralization will result in ever-increasing standards of living for an ever-growing population despite finite resources. The concept has been embraced by those who argue against Malthusian philosophy.