Ten Thousand Years

The following events make up a very brief overview of the next 10,000 years:

  • [+1,000] Most Words Extinct: Due to the rapid evolution of words, a thousand years from now, probably no single present day word will be used.
  • [+1,000] Carbon Dioxide: 29% of the carbon dioxide released before 2100 will still be in the atmosphere.
  • [+1,000] New North Star: Gamma Cephei will replace Polaris.
  • [+2,000] Greenland Ice Melted: The ice sheet will have melted completely; the Earth will be 8 degrees Celsius warmer on average; sea levels will be about 6 metres higher.
  • [+2,372] Hale-Bopp Returns: The comet that was last seen in 1997 is due to return around 4385 CE.
  • [+3,200] New North Star #2: Iota Cephei wins the top spot.
  • [+10,000] Carbon Dioxide: 14% of the carbon dioxide that has been released will still be present in the atmosphere – presuming no solution has been found.

See other: Events of the Far Future

Carbon Footprint‏

Carbon footprints measure how much carbon dioxide (CO2) we produce just by going about our daily lives. It is the measure of the environmental impact of a particular individual or organization’s lifestyle or operation, measured in units of carbon dioxide.

“Dealing with global warming doesn’t mean we have all got to suddenly stop breathing.” – David Attenborough

A carbon footprint is composed of two parts, a primary and secondary footprint. When fossil fuels burn, they emit greenhouse gases like CO2 that contribute to global warming – this is the primary footprint. Ninety-eight percent of atmospheric CO2 comes from the combustion of fossil fuels. The secondary footprint is the sum of indirect emissions associated with the manufacture and breakdown of all products, services and food an individual or business consumes.

“I would remind you to notice where the claim of consensus is invoked. Consensus is invoked only in situations where the science is not solid enough. Nobody says the consensus of scientists agrees that E=mc2. Nobody says the consensus is that the sun is 93 million miles away. It would never occur to anyone to speak that way.” – Michael Crichton