Global Warming ‘Could Trigger Alien Attack’

Alien Attack!Emma Woolcott for TG Daily:

Maybe NASA believes that the little green men really are green – one of its scientists has collaborated on a report suggesting that the Earth’s rising levels of greenhouse gases could provoke an alien attack.

Using spectrometry, extraterrestrials could detect changes in Earth’s atmosphere and deduce that we’re out of control, the report suggests. It’s one of a number of scenarios discussed in the paper, written by Shawn Domagal-Goldman of Nasa’s Planetary Science Division and Pennsylvania State University academics.

“These scenarios give us reason to limit our growth and reduce our impact on global ecosystems. It would be particularly important for us to limit our emissions of greenhouse gases, since atmospheric composition can be observed from other planets,” the authors write.

“A preemptive strike would be particularly likely in the early phases of our expansion because a civilization may become increasingly difficult to destroy as it continues to expand.”

In some places the authors get really carried away – one wonders how many of them are frustrated would-be Hollywood screen-writers.

If we did get attacked by aliens, they suggest, it’s possible that another bunch might fly in to save us…

[continues at TG Daily]

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33 Comments on "Global Warming ‘Could Trigger Alien Attack’"

  1. Anonymous | Aug 20, 2011 at 12:08 pm |

    It’s really difficult to imagine or believe that a NASA employee, even one speculating in his off time like the one quoted in this article, wouldn’t understand the simple matter of physical distance involved.  Mankind is liable to be long extinct before evidence of global warming reaches E.T.’s telescopes.

  2. It’s really difficult to imagine or believe that a NASA employee, even one speculating in his off time like the one quoted in this article, wouldn’t understand the simple matter of physical distance involved.  Mankind is liable to be long extinct before evidence of global warming reaches E.T.’s telescopes.

  3. And we’d better conserve water so the Atlanteans don’t rise up!

  4. The aliens don’t actually need to attack humanity; we’ll have destroyed ourselves long before it’s necessary for them to do the job. PRO TIP TO ALIENS: Relax, we’ll finish ourselves off for you.

    Kind of like the “terrorists” idea. Crash a couple of planes into some buildings, then sit back and watch the US eat itself from within, via over-panic and over-spending and over-militarization and under-thinking.

    Nice strategy.

  5. And we’d better conserve water so the Atlanteans don’t rise up!

  6. The aliens don’t actually need to attack humanity; we’ll have destroyed ourselves long before it’s necessary for them to do the job. PRO TIP TO ALIENS: Relax, we’ll finish ourselves off for you.

    Kind of like the “terrorists” idea. Crash a couple of planes into some buildings, then sit back and watch the US eat itself from within, via over-panic and over-spending and over-militarization and under-thinking.

    Nice strategy.

  7. Anonymous | Aug 20, 2011 at 2:50 pm |

    I wasn’t quite sold on taking action on climate change when the vast majority of the world’s environmental scientists warned about it, however shit just got real now that ET is gunning for us. 

  8. dumbsaint | Aug 20, 2011 at 10:50 am |

    I wasn’t quite sold on taking action on climate change when the vast majority of the world’s environmental scientists warned about it, however shit just got real now that ET is gunning for us. 

  9. DeepCough | Aug 20, 2011 at 3:20 pm |

    This guy’s got it all wrong: the aliens are CAUSING global warming, but putting our planet under a giant magnifying glass, making our planet hotter.

  10. DeepCough | Aug 20, 2011 at 11:20 am |

    This guy’s got it all wrong: the aliens are CAUSING global warming, but putting our planet under a giant magnifying glass, making our planet hotter.

  11. Anonymous | Aug 20, 2011 at 3:48 pm |

    There is already a contingency plan if aliens were to ever successfully invade:  nuke the planet.  That will teach those aliens to not interfere with the destruction of the global ecosystem.

  12. There is already a contingency plan if aliens were to ever successfully invade:  nuke the planet.  That will teach those aliens to not interfere with the destruction of the global ecosystem.

  13. The whole reaction to this fairly normal paper has been pretty fascinating.  The global warming thing is just one possible scenario out of MANY, but people have latched onto it as if the entire paper is about ZOMG stop global warming or the aliens will kill us.

    The reaction is pretty good evidence of just how we’re not ready for contact. If there’s this much outrage about a minor scholarly paper, can’t imagine what would happen with an actual alien.

  14. The whole reaction to this fairly normal paper has been pretty fascinating.  The global warming thing is just one possible scenario out of MANY, but people have latched onto it as if the entire paper is about ZOMG stop global warming or the aliens will kill us.

    The reaction is pretty good evidence of just how we’re not ready for contact. If there’s this much outrage about a minor scholarly paper, can’t imagine what would happen with an actual alien.

    • Well said. Sometimes I wonder just what goes through people’s heads before they type or speak…

      …and then I realize that the answer is “nothing.”

  15. The issue of physical distances is mentioned in the first 2 pages. 

  16. no such article is complete without the amazing randi making an amazing comeback

  17. no such article is complete without the amazing randi making an amazing comeback

  18. Anonymous | Aug 20, 2011 at 11:50 pm |

    Emperor/Malcador 2012

    Gonna train us some Astartes to defend us from those damnable Xenos

  19. Emperor/Malcador 2012

    Gonna train us some Astartes to defend us from those damnable Xenos

  20. It would be ludicrous if no one here has heard of project blue beam. All these articles and newscasts that suggest an alien invasion is just the pretext before they carry it out themselves, with technology built by this planets military. Anyway, everyone should watch the new movie the quickening that just came out online. Good stuff.

  21. It would be ludicrous if no one here has heard of project blue beam. All these articles and newscasts that suggest an alien invasion is just the pretext before they carry it out themselves, with technology built by this planets military. Anyway, everyone should watch the new movie the quickening that just came out online. Good stuff.

  22. Anonymous | Aug 22, 2011 at 2:45 pm |

    Well said. Sometimes I wonder just what goes through people’s heads before they type or speak…

    …and then I realize that the answer is “nothing.”

  23. Butter Knife | Aug 22, 2011 at 3:42 pm |

    Blood for the Blood God, Skulls for the Skull Throne!

  24. Butter Knife | Aug 22, 2011 at 3:42 pm |

    Blood for the Blood God, Skulls for the Skull Throne!

  25. XxpaladinxX1 | Aug 23, 2011 at 4:32 am |

    The only way this happens if we decide to alter are own DNA to become something perceived to them as a threat. We treat lab rats exactly as they treat the Human Race. To them we are rats. Maybe our women are just sex slaves for them, Genesis 6. and all they want is GOLD and Women! LOL!

  26. XxpaladinxX1 | Aug 23, 2011 at 12:32 am |

    The only way this happens if we decide to alter are own DNA to become something perceived to them as a threat. We treat lab rats exactly as they treat the Human Race. To them we are rats. Maybe our women are just sex slaves for them, Genesis 6. and all they want is GOLD and Women! LOL!

  27. If this doesn’t convince people to pay their carbon taxes, nothing will…

  28. If this doesn’t convince people to pay their carbon taxes, nothing will…

  29. Anonymous | Aug 23, 2011 at 9:38 pm |

    In a way it’s also fear of “The dark between the stars”…

    The reason we aren’t having backyard experimenters modify dish antennas to bet tuning into (among many) an alien show inspired by “I Love Lucy” broadcast from Alpha Centauri is that within 1/4 a light year all the broadcasts fade into background static.  To make a coherent signal seen across the galaxy you’d need a tremendous amount of energy and it to be in for instance the “Hydrogen” spectrum where there’s minimal background noise.

    However, from within 100 light years, large telescope arrays could pick up some broadcasts, but they also could find traces of habitability and changes only an intelligent civilization could perform.   Like indeed global warming.

    Beyond the “We nuke ourselves/pollute ourselves/entertain ourselves…etc…to death” arguments for no detection yet of intelligence there is, as I said “The Dark between the Stars”.  Perhaps the reason for it is that there is an advanced civilization out there (or a nanotech probe colony) that scans for life and when it finds it it travells there and destroys it then goes dormant and waits and watch.  What could it be?  Some monster out of Lovecraft?  A civilization of religious fanatics who believe themselves heirs to the cosmos ala the “Necromungers” from “Chronicles of Riddick”?  Just a plain, conservative civilization out to thrive and expand on the long term that carefully invades then makes sure to go silent, it’s own transmissions masked as background static?

    That would explain why while some money has been spent to listen, NONE has been to broadcast.  Oh, a few signals now and again, but whenever there’s a project the government either shuts it down or makes sure it’s a pathetic token gesture, like a directed beam that’ll take 20,000 years (and be faded) before it gets within the 1/4 light year limit of any star. 

    They came out of a cold war mentality, their paranoia is understandable and perhaps warranted.  IF anything hears us and is able to get here and is hostile, it won’t be “War of the Worlds” which was the barely fighting chance if all the formerly peaceful tribes in the era of colonization had gotten together and fought as one, there’d be no chance.  Simply put, it’d take more energy than in all the oceans of earth, the hydrogen/oxygen re-combined to send a single battleship sized star cruiser to the nearest star for a one way (launch and slow down/land) trip.  Therefore, any beings capable of this, no matter how much energy their “Space drive” really takes, is capable of effectively far outpacing any military technology we have.  They could kill us all easily.

  30. greengestalt | Aug 23, 2011 at 5:38 pm |

    In a way it’s also fear of “The dark between the stars”…

    The reason we aren’t having backyard experimenters modify dish antennas to bet tuning into (among many) an alien show inspired by “I Love Lucy” broadcast from Alpha Centauri is that within 1/4 a light year all the broadcasts fade into background static.  To make a coherent signal seen across the galaxy you’d need a tremendous amount of energy and it to be in for instance the “Hydrogen” spectrum where there’s minimal background noise.

    However, from within 100 light years, large telescope arrays could pick up some broadcasts, but they also could find traces of habitability and changes only an intelligent civilization could perform.   Like indeed global warming.

    Beyond the “We nuke ourselves/pollute ourselves/entertain ourselves…etc…to death” arguments for no detection yet of intelligence there is, as I said “The Dark between the Stars”.  Perhaps the reason for it is that there is an advanced civilization out there (or a nanotech probe colony) that scans for life and when it finds it it travells there and destroys it then goes dormant and waits and watch.  What could it be?  Some monster out of Lovecraft?  A civilization of religious fanatics who believe themselves heirs to the cosmos ala the “Necromungers” from “Chronicles of Riddick”?  Just a plain, conservative civilization out to thrive and expand on the long term that carefully invades then makes sure to go silent, it’s own transmissions masked as background static?

    That would explain why while some money has been spent to listen, NONE has been to broadcast.  Oh, a few signals now and again, but whenever there’s a project the government either shuts it down or makes sure it’s a pathetic token gesture, like a directed beam that’ll take 20,000 years (and be faded) before it gets within the 1/4 light year limit of any star. 

    They came out of a cold war mentality, their paranoia is understandable and perhaps warranted.  IF anything hears us and is able to get here and is hostile, it won’t be “War of the Worlds” which was the barely fighting chance if all the formerly peaceful tribes in the era of colonization had gotten together and fought as one, there’d be no chance.  Simply put, it’d take more energy than in all the oceans of earth, the hydrogen/oxygen re-combined to send a single battleship sized star cruiser to the nearest star for a one way (launch and slow down/land) trip.  Therefore, any beings capable of this, no matter how much energy their “Space drive” really takes, is capable of effectively far outpacing any military technology we have.  They could kill us all easily.

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