- Scientists and journalists are worried about the condition of the planet for their own children and grandchildren, writes David Ray Griffin
- The threat to civilization comes primarily from the increase of the level of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere, he says
- Griffin: The burning of coal, oil, and natural gas has made the planet warmer than it had been since the rise of civilization 10,000 years ago
- The resulting threat of runaway global warming is not merely theoretical, he writes
David Ray Griffin is emeritus professor of philosophy of religion at Claremont School of Theology and Claremont Graduate University. His most recent book is Unprecedented: Can Civilization Survive the CO2 Crisis? The views expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.
(CNN)Although most of us worry about other things, climate scientists have become increasingly worried about the survival of civilization. For example, Lonnie Thompson, who received the U.S. National Medal of Science in 2010, said that virtually all climatologists "are now convinced that global warming poses a clear and present danger to civilization."