Some lessons on climate change come from pretty unalarming sources -- like folks with PhDs and years of extensive study in Earth sciences. But if a case for the effects of global warming that's steeped in facts, loads of data, and based on meticulous calculations isn't enough to convince you, perhaps a giant robotic snake will do the trick. Behold, Titanoboa! 60 million years ago, climate change made his flesh-and-blood kind extinct. Now he's back to teach you a lesson.
As you might guess by its name, Titanoboas are believed to have been the largest species of snake ever to have slithered the earth, measuring in at up to 50 feet in length. But despite their ferocious appearance, these cold-blooded behemoths were no match for the era's changing climate; the rise of a mere 6 to 8 degrees celsius caused them to go extinct.
With that in mind, the engineers over at eatArt decided to create a robot Titanoboa. Not only is the machine quite remarkable for its technical aspects and flawless bio-mimicracy, it's loaded for bear with a message on climate change. From eatArt:
Titanoboa is an electromechanical reincarnation of the ancient 50ft serpent rendered extinct by past climate change. The project is a vehicle to provoke discussion about climate change in a historical context, and to enable learning through the creation of a technical marvel. Titanoboa is an experiment with mind-boggling modes of propulsion, and restores life to a terrifying beast the likes of which the world has not see for 60 million years. Dare to ride the snake and look towards the uncertain future of our beloved planet.
The giant robot snake's message couldn't be any more timely. Just as changes in climate drove its kind to extinction tens of millions of years ago, scientists today warn that the earth's sixth mass extinction may already be underway. Plus, as global temperatures continue to rise as expected throughout this century due to our unceasing carbon emissions, many species alive today may go the way of the Titanoboa.
Let's just hope their robot counterparts don't organize.