Adapt or Perish

Even though humans may be slower in evolving than some lower life forms, we do possess the advantage of being able to realize that. Advances in genomics and genetic engineering have now shown that evolutionary biology is mature enough to offer us tools to slow down harmful species, while genetically engineering increased populations of benevolent species. We can thus engineer a beneficial environment to alleviate some of the deleterious effects of our own existence. As we continue to charge forward with our high energy lifestyle with large carbon and ecological footprints, these tools may even become an indispensable component of human adaptation to climate change, especially, for achieving water, food, health and energy security for the planet. Will humans both fail to recognize the error of not mitigating their impacts on the Earth System? Will we fail to adapt in order to avoid the unmanageable and manage the unavoidable? Click here to read the full article

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