Vandaag is het de warmste 13 september ooit gemeten in Nederland. Het gaat nu al schemeren, maar ik zit met alle ramen open, in mijn korte broek nog wat te lezen, blij dat het eindelijk afkoelt. Erg verwarrend. En toen vond ik via Metafilter deze prachtige maar behoorlijk verontrustende XKCD.

It obliquely answers the “it was hotter than this millions of years ago, so what?” by insisting that human timescales are the ones that matter – for us humans. It’s amazing to me that people find this argument compelling, perhaps it’s because it’s impossible to really comprehend million-year timescales? If the last time the Earth was as hot as it’s projected to be was when the continents were in different places, coastlines were unrecognizable and the Earth was populated with vastly different species, that’s not exactly reassuring!