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Thinking about aliens could help us beat climate change

“Climate change is not our fault. Not doing something about it — that will be our fault.”
the night sky

The Milky Way galaxy, home to Earth’s solar system.

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Astrophysicist Adam Frank sees climate change through a cosmic lens. He believes our present civilization isn’t the first to burn up its resources — and won’t be the last. Moreover, he thinks it’s possible the same burnout fate already might have befallen alien worlds. That’s why he says the current conversation about climate change is all wrong. “We shouldn’t be talking about saving the planet, because the Earth will go on without us,” he said. “We should be talking about saving ourselves.”

A professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Rochester, Frank says — the study of life in a planetary framework — raises important new

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