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A new paper from NASA’s Planetary Science Division and Pennsylvania State University academics details a rather frightening consequence of climate change that we may not have contemplated before — we are more likely to be invaded by aliens. Extraterrestrial beings may sound a lot like science fiction, but with all of the billions of solar systems, planets and stars in the universe, scientists believe that just because we haven’t had contact with other beings doesn’t mean they aren’t there. That being said, NASA’s researchers know that planets can be intimately studied from afar — because that’s what they do every day — and think that aliens could be out there detecting changes in the Earth’s atmosphere. Based on those observations, they could reach a conclusion that we have lost control of our planet and civilization and thus, would be easy to overthrow. Perhaps green design can do more than save us from ourselves, it could save us from extraterrestrials too.

Admittedly, this paper is a little far out — they go so far as to reference science fiction within their own conjecture — but the basis for their idea is solid. We are losing control of our planet and society by vast overuse of our resources and the resulting decimation of our environment. If there is another community out there in the universe and they are observing us, they are most likely laughing at our ineptitude. If nothing else, this is just another reason to push green design throughout our civilization, and a massive implementation of renewable energy could be the key to maintaining the rule of earthlings over Earth.

The authors drive their point home in the conclusion by saying, “ecosystem-valuing universalist ETI may observe humanity’s ecological destructive tendencies and wipe humanity out in order to preserve the Earth system as a whole. 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.” Then, perhaps in a moment of self realization, the authors take a step back to say that maybe we should focus on the environmental movement for other reasons. “We acknowledge that the pursuit of emissions reductions and other ecological projects may have much stronger justifications than those that derive from ETI encounter, but that does not render ETI encounter scenarios insignificant or irrelevant.”

So there you have it, one more reason to keep the green design bandwagon moving forward. It could save the world and our species from a Hollywood alien invasion finale.

+ Read the paper here

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  1. Jean-yves Gourlay January 5, 2015 at 5:49 pm

    J’ai deja entendu des conneries enormes, mais celle-ci bat tous les records!
    I have heard a lot of crap , but this one tops it all! particularly the fact that you dare cite NASA scientists…….

  2. Crystal Peabody November 16, 2014 at 7:37 am

    I have to say, I am very disappointed. How do I trust your site if you post lies and ignorance? I now have to verify every article you have on here just to be sure its not bullshit. Are any of your articles true? Are the innovations really out there, are is that bullshit too?

  3. unbound August 22, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    NASA did not publish this. Penn State did…one of the authors now works for NASA is all.

    Fail on the part of this site on doing their research.

  4. mercurydan August 21, 2011 at 8:12 am

    Not thought of before? The exact scenario was thought of before in the movie “The day the earth stood still” 1951 and again in 2008. If they are smart enough to developed machines to get all the way here i doubt they would come to a conclusion that we have lost control and would be easy to overthrow. We have always been out of control and easy to overthrow.

  5. singsam August 20, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    Now I know why NASA is in such bad shape. They actually think aliens exist! Even if they did, it wouldn’t matter as they can’t come here in their (or anyone else’s) lifespan. Perhaps the NASA scientists can pray to god for help, since he and the aliens are tight.

  6. zeppflyer August 19, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    Wow. Quite a bit of silliness. By the time heat, light, and other radiation from earth have taken the decades or centuries to any life-bearing planet, the inhabitants watch us for centuries to decide whether or not it is a natural occurrence or caused by an intelligent species, decide to do something about it, and get back here, we will be either dead by our own hands or paving parking lots for a new McDonalds on their homeworld.

  7. LarryF August 19, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    Ummm…they’re already here; they’re driving global warming. It’s known as “terraforming”. Have you ever heard Nancy Pelosi talk? That bitch is from Proxima Centauri IV baby. We’re burnin up the fossil fuels so we can get this club 10 degrees hotter! That’s why USA caint switch over to alternative energy; every mofo in congress…began as something else.

  8. hmackenzie August 19, 2011 at 11:05 am

    So interesting how any government related interest in aliens ALWAYS assume the aliens are bad and will attack, another set-up for fear based response that is without the wisdom of considering any other possibility. Could aliens possibly love the universe and want to help us with new energy technology? That would upset our reliance on oil and the powers that be.

  9. lazyreader August 19, 2011 at 10:54 am

    Are you serious, Even when climate was warmer just a few centuries ago there was no alien invasion. The argument that aliens are attracted to a warmer climate is omitted when we’ve had many warm spells in the past, none of which provide any evidence of alien interactions with our past. Nearly half of the stars in the universe are red dwarf stars (it’s not to say they don’t host habitable planets) which are unlikely candidates for other lifeforms. The universe is chock full of radioactive anomalies everywhere and Earth is safe thanks to an array of atmosphere, distance and a low density neighborhood of stars light-years away from one another it’s probably what makes life in the universe rare but in the scale of the universe is still ubiquitous.

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