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Re: Global Warming is WITH US
« Reply #1785 on: June 18, 2019, 06:20:39 pm »


The Coast is Toast (Uninhabitable) when Sea-Surface-Temperatures of 35 C or 95 F: Physical Limits
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When, and where will people start dropping like flies as wetbulb temperature (defined as temp. when relative humidity is 100%) is 35 C (95F) or higher. We know where. Outside, on coastlines of the Red Sea, Persian Gulf, etc. when Sea-Surface Temperature (SST) reaches 35 C; we’ve hit 33 C in previous years, perhaps higher in shallow water, with little upwelling, or even in small inlets or near hot rivers or lakes. Two degrees C summer SST is the difference between life and death, death within 6-8 hours. Inside apartments, in big cities due to Urban Heat-Island effects...

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Re: Global Warming is WITH US
« Reply #1786 on: June 19, 2019, 04:16:01 pm »


June 19, 2019


SNIPPET 1:
Humankind cannot continue living and economising the way it has, as the earth is reaching its limits, writes Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, head of the governing Christian Democratic Union (CDU), in a guest commentary in German weekly Die Zeit. To ensure intergenerational fairness, the costs of today’s way of life “must be paid today and become part of a sustainable model for the economy and society,” she writes.

SNIPPET 2:
Germany’s governing parties are increasingly under pressure to introduce effective climate policy as large parts of the population – fuelled by the Fridays For Future student protests – call for more ambitious action. The European elections delivered major gains for Green parties in several countries as voters signalled a strong desire for more aggressive action on climate change. In Germany, the Greens' surge was especially strong.


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Capitalism = Extinction?
« Reply #1787 on: June 19, 2019, 09:34:29 pm »
💵 🎩 Capitalism = ☠️ Extinction?

June 19, 2019

In her Jacobin article 'Socialism or Extinction,' TRNN's climate bureau producer Dharna Noor boils down the UN's IPBES report to help us see what could lie ahead and how it is related to our economic system


https://therealnews.com/stories/capitalism-extinction

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Sunny Miami, Florida 🐟 🐠 🐡 👀

June 20th, 2019 by Steve Hanley



Agelbert COMMENT: Florida ocean encroachment Flooding, VERY far inland, cannot be avoided. Some may claim that will spur a bull market in houseboats. I don't think so.

Florida is not Denmark. Houseboats do not do well in hurricanes.

Also, there is that pesky (energy intensive) problem of having to desalinate water for drinking and bathing and cleaning and so on.

Then there is that other pesky problem of no floating supermarkets nearby and the even more pesky problem of all those swamp critters like alligators and snakes that have excellent access to your houseboat...


The battle of the carnival barking real estate holders in Florida with reality is a quixotic and futile one.

However, there is a silver lining to this irrefutably dark and wet cloud; within less than 10 years there will be very few climate deniers in Florida. 😀
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The Dangerous Methane Mystery
« Reply #1789 on: June 22, 2019, 07:59:28 am »
The Dangerous Methane Mystery


The Dangerous Methane Mystery

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The East Siberian Arctic Shelf (“ESAS”) is the epicenter of a methane-rich zone that could turn the world upside down.

Still, the ESAS is not on the radar of mainstream science, and not included in calculations by the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change), and generally not well understood. It is one of the biggest mysteries of the world’s climate puzzle, and it is highly controversial, which creates an enhanced level of uncertainty and casts shadows of doubt.

The ESAS is the most extensive continental shelf in the world, inclusive of the Laptev Sea, the East Siberian Sea, and the Russian portion of the Chukchi Sea, all-in equivalent to the combined landmasses of Germany, France, Great Britain, Italy and Japan.

The region hosts massive quantities of methane (“CH4”) in frozen subsea permafrost in extremely shallow waters, enough CH4 to transform the “global warming” cycle into a “life-ending” cycle. As absurd as it sounds, it is not inconceivable.

Ongoing research to unravel the ESAS mystery is found in very few studies, almost none, except by Natalia Shakhova (International Arctic Research Center, University of Alaska/Fairbanks) a leading authority, for example: “It has been suggested that destabilization of shelf Arctic hydrates could lead to large-scale enhancement of aqueous CH4, but this process was hypothesized to be negligible on a decadal–century time scale. Consequently, the continental shelf of the Arctic Ocean (AO) has not been considered as a possible source of CH4 to the atmosphere until very recently.” (Source: Natalia Shakhova, et al, Understanding the Permafrost–Hydrate System and Associated Methane Releases in the East Siberian Arctic Shelf, Geosciences, 2019)

Shakhova’s “until very recently” comment explains, in part, why the IPCC does not include ESAS methane destabilization in its calculations. Meanwhile, Shakhova’s research has unearthed a monster in hiding, but thankfully, mostly in repose… for the moment. Still, early-stage warning signals are clearly noticeable; ESAS is rumbling, increasingly emitting more and more CH4, possibly in anticipation of a “Big Burp,” which could put the world’s lights out, hopefully in another century, or beyond, but based upon a reading of her latest report in Geosciences, don’t count on it taking so long.

Shakhova’s research is highlighted in a recent article in Arctic News: “When Will We Die?” d/d June 10, 2019, which states: “Imagine a burst of methane erupting from the seafloor of the Arctic Ocean that would add an amount of methane to the atmosphere equal to twice the methane that is already there.”

Horror of horrors, the resulting equation is disturbing, to say the least, to wit: Twice the amount of CH4 that is already in the atmosphere equals a CO2e (carbon dioxide equivalent) of 560 ppm, assuming CH4 is 150xs the potency of CO2 in its initial years. And, adding that new number to current CH4/CO2e of 280 ppm to current CO2 levels of 415.7 ppm, according to readings at Mauna Loa, Hawaii, equals total atmospheric CO2 of 1256 ppm.

In other words, if ESAS springs a big fat leak, the Big Burp, which would only be <5% of the existing frozen methane deposit; it is possible that atmospheric CO2e would zoom up go as high as 1256 ppm.

What happens next?

A recent third-party study, also referenced in the aforementioned Arctic News article d/d June 10th, concluded that at 1200 ppm atmospheric CO2 global heating cranks up by 8°C, or 14.4°F, within a decade. (Source: Arctic News d/d June 10, 2019). Truth be known, that scenario is not problematic, it’s catastrophic and too far along to be classified as a problem. After all, problems can be fixed; catastrophes are fatal.

According to Shakhova’s research, as referenced in Geosciences/ 2019: “Releases could potentially increase by 3–5 orders of magnitude, considering the sheer amount of CH4 preserved within the shallow ESAS seabed deposits and the documented thawing rates of subsea permafrost reported recently. The purpose of this paper is to introduce the ESAS permafrost–hydrates system, which is largely unfamiliar to scientists,” Ibid. (Side note: 3 orders of magnitude is equivalent to 1,000, i.e., a large methane release.)

More from Shakhova: “Here we present results of the first comprehensive scientific re-drilling to show that subsea permafrost in the near-shore zone of the ESAS has a downward movement of the ice-bonded permafrost table of ~14 cm (6 inches) year over the past 31–32 years… However, recent studies show that in some areas very recently submerged permafrost is close to or has already reached the thaw point,” Ibid.

Shakhova’s studies are based upon marine expeditions, including drill campaigns that investigate the thermal regime, geomorphology, lithology, and geocryology of sediment cores extracted from boreholes drilled from marine vessels and not based solely upon climate models calculated on desktop computers.

In conclusion, as the world community continues to accept the reality of climate change as an existential threat, which fact is emphatically spotlighted by the likes of the Children’s Crusade, originating out of Sweden, and the Extinction Rebellion, originating out of the UK, it is important to emphasize the timing factor. Nobody knows 100% for certain how the climate crisis will turn out, but there is pretty solid evidence that the issue, meaning several ecosystems which are starting to collapse in unison, is accelerating, by a lot. So, there is not much time left to do something constructive, assuming it’s not already too late. Speaking of which, a small faction of climate scientists has already “tossed in the towel.”

After all, it’s not that hard to understand their point of view as many ecosystems have already hit tipping points, which means no turning back, no fixes possible, but still, (and, here’s the great hope) nobody really knows 100% for sure how all of this will play out.

Nevertheless, in a perfect world that really/truly “follows the science” a Worldwide All-In Coordinated Marshall Plan to do “whatever it takes” would already be in a full-blastoff mode.

But… It’s not!


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Yep. There is a mind boggling amount of methane under the ice cap, locked and loaded to burst out from the sea floor when, NOT IF, that ice cap melts due to rising ocean water temperatures, thanks to the 🦕🦖 Hydrocarbon Hellspawn of this world.

SNIPPET:
Imagine a burst of methane erupting from the seafloor of the Arctic Ocean that would add an amount of methane to the atmosphere equal to twice the methane that is already there. Twice the 1.867 ppm of methane is 3.734 ppm, which at 150 times the potency of carbon dioxide translates into a CO₂e of 560.1 ppm.

Adding this to the current levels of carbon dioxide and methane results in a level of 1255.85 ppm CO₂e, well exceeding the 1,200 ppm CO₂e tipping point and thus triggering the extra 8°C rise.


Above image was created with content from a recent paper by Natalia Shakhova et al. It shows that the outlook is much more grim than many people realize.


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 The Hydrocarbon Hellspawn Fossil Fuelers 🦖 DID THE Clean Energy  Inventions suppressing, Climate Trashing, human health depleting CRIME,   but since they have ALWAYS BEEN liars and conscience free crooks 🦀, they are trying to AVOID   DOING THE TIME or   PAYING THE FINE!  Don't let them get away with it! Pass it on!   
 



 
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Monday, 17 June 2019

Temperatures touching 51 deg C (124 deg F) a historic drought causing millions of people to abandon their homes in search of water and causing mass suicides in India


Highs of 50.8C, making it the hottest place on the planet.

Village after village lies deserted leaving the sick and elderly to fend for themselves. The drought, which officials say is worse than the 1972 famine that affected 25 million. Droughts have led to almost 5,000 farmer suicides in the last five years, including 947 last year. About 20,000 villages in the state of Maharashtra are grappling with a severe drinking water crisis, with no water left in 35 major dams.

Hundreds of Indian villages have been evacuated as historic drought forces families to abandon their homes in search of water. The country has seen extremely high temperatures in recent weeks.

On Monday the capital, Delhi, saw its highest ever June temperature of 48C. In Rajasthan, the city of Churu recently experienced highs of 50.8C, making it the hottest place on the planet.

Further south, less than 250 miles from the country's commercial capital, Mumbai, village after village lies deserted. Estimates suggest up to 90% of the area's population has fled, leaving the sick and elderly to fend for themselves in the face of a water crisis that shows no sign of abating.

The village of Hatkarwadi, about 20 miles from Beed in Maharashtra state, is almost completely deserted. Wells and handpumps have run dry in the 45C heatwave. The drought, which officials say is worse than the 1972 famine that affected 25 million people across the state, began early in December. By the end of May, Hatkarwadi had been deserted with only 10-15 families remaining out of a population of more than 2,000. With 80% of districts in neighbouring Karnataka and 72% in Maharashtra hit by drought and crop failure, the 8 million farmers in these two states are struggling to survive.

More than 6,000 tankers supply water to villages and hamlets in Maharashtra daily, as conflict brews between the two states over common water resources. The acute water shortage has devastated villagers' agriculture-based livelihood. Crops have withered and died, leaving livestock starving and with little to drink. Major crops, including maize, soya, cotton, sweet lime, pulses, and groundnuts - drivers of the local economy - have suffered.

Around the world, stronger El Nino weather patterns and the ongoing climate breakdown are bringing harsher and more frequent droughts - and already-dry India has been particularly hard hit.

Scientists predict that as temperatures continue to rise with global heating and populations grow, the region will experience harsher water shortages - and will need to find clever solutions to ensure there is enough water for all. In Marathwada, by many estimates, the Indian region most affected by drought, increasingly frequent droughts have led to more than 4,700 farmer suicides in the last five years, including 947 last year. That crisis has deepened. In the city of Beed, clean drinking water has run out and households do not have enough water to wash clothes, clean dishes or flush the toilet.

Hospitals are filling up with people suffering from dehydration - and gastrointestinal disease from drinking contaminated water. Residents who can afford it pay private water tankers the equivalent of L3 for 1,000 litres of water. Many end up in hospital as a result - even cows refuse to drink the muddy and salty liquid that has been dredged from the bottom of exhausted dams and lakes in the region. "Over the last one-and-half months, there has been a 50% rise in the number of patients suffering from diarrhea, gastritis, etc," said Sandeep Deshmukh, a doctor at the Beed Civil hospital. He blamed contamination for the rise in water-borne diseases.

"We have appealed to the people to boil drinking water," Deshmukh said. For many of the district's population of 2.2 million, of which 240,000 live in Beed itself, their day starts by searching for water from borewells. Others have to plead with their neighbours for water.

Usha Jadhav who lives in nearby Shivajinagar said her family does not use the toilet any more as it has become an unaffordable luxury, and that women wait for the darkness of night to defecate in the open. "We cannot use 5-10 litres of water for flushing as we have to purchase water," she said.

By the end of May, 43% of India was experiencing drought, with failed monsoon rains seen as the primary reason. The country has seen widespread drought every year since 2015, with the exception of 2017.

About 20,000 villages in the state of Maharashtra are grappling with a severe drinking water crisis, with no water left in 35 major dams.

In 1,000 smaller dams, water levels are below 8%. The rivers that feed the dams have been transformed into barren, cra cked earth. Groundwater, the source of 40% of India's water needs, is depleting at an unsustainable rate, Niti Aayog, a governmental think tank, said in a 2018 report.

Twenty-one Indian cities - including Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai, and Hyderabad - are expected to run out of groundwater by 2020, and 40% of India's population will have no access to drinking water by 2030, the report said.

This year's south-west monsoon, responsible for 80% of the country's rainfall, is projected to be delayed and smaller than normal, meaning there is no respite in sight for the parched state of Maharashtra.

http://www.thebigwobble.org/2019/06/temperatures-touching-51-deg-c-124-deg.html

 
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BLACK BEAR NEWS 6.23.19 We Have Five Years To Save Ourselves From Climate Change, Harvard Scientist

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We Have Five Years To Save Ourselves From Climate Change, Harvard Scientist Says
https://www.forbes.com/sites/jeffmcmahon/2018/01/15/carbon-pollution-has-shoved-the-climate-backward-at-least-12-million-years-harvard-scientist-says/#71fa95b7963e

Video: Starving polar bear wanders into Russian city of Norilsk, hundreds of miles from home
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There's a really nice drone medical supply delivery system in Rwanda, using fixed wing drones for their much higher speed. It's been running for a couple of years with great results. Real Engineering has a really nice review of the design considerations, technology, and economics:


Related Article:


Agelbert NOTE: As usual when when the welfare of people in Africa is defended, an alleged defender of the biosphere rants about overpopulation there killing off the fauna and flora. As usual when I spot these biosphere math challenged cretins, I weigh in with some facts:


Damien
Ok I think we got humans covered, over 9 billion of them left should be enough,., but what about all the species going extinct with no habitat and no water? To they not deserve to live? Why do we attach more value to human life? Surely this planet belongs to animals just as much as humans...

Lorenz HansenDamien
Every species cares mostly about their own, a lot just about them self. Same with most humans. Otherwise we would never eat meat, have pets or milk slaves. Caring about humans isn't wrong. Saving everybody born is the best way we know to reduce birth rates, and with it population. Developed countries have a unsustainable birthrate (below 2 kids per woman). Have a look at japan. Population is already decreasing. Same will happen all over the western world. Just Asia and Africa are still growing.

Damien > Lorenz Hansen
That’s such an uneducated view, clearly you don’t understand eco systems and linkages. with that logic let’s just wipe the whole planet of all non-human species? Population is out of control, we’ve taken other species habitat, everything has consequences and it’s already hitting humans hard. No one talks about those communities’ horrible habit of having 15 kids instead of 2. Everything is connected, we destroy the eco system or kill one species it’ll destabilize everything and affect us as well.

Plus you’re talking about countries that are not the issue here. Undeveloped countries are the problem with uncontrolled populations and no jobs to give them.

agelbert > Damien

What you are ERRONEOUSLY doing is ASSUMING the SAME AGENCY (i.e. biosphere damaging ability) to each and every human that is alive. That is TYPICAL broad brush fragmentation of agency (i.e. share of responsibility for the damage) that absolves the major polluters of the massive pollution they are responsible for.   

The biosphere math facts clearly state that less than 17% of the human population, MOSTLY concentrated in wealthy countries, is DOING over 80% of the damage by consuming over 80% of the resources. Only about half (or less) of the MILITARY budgets alone of the wealthy countries could pay for bio-remediating the most impacted areas, stop the exploitation and care for and educate the high population growth poor there so they become good stewards instead of biosphere destroyers.

Since, according to the U.N., the richest 20% of the world's population uses 80% of the resources, the 'Fragmentation of Agency' pie chart for the damage done to the biosphere should look like this:

The fossil fuel industry, and almost half of the world’s 100 largest companies, want that 'Fragmentation of Agency' pie chart to look like this:

The REAL bottom line is that less than 17% of the human population is an existential threat to the ALL of the human population AND a large part of macroscopic species in the biosphere.

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"Capitalist ideology claims that the world is perfectly ordered and everybody is in their place (i..e. everybody gets what they deserve). This self legitmating aspect of Capitalism is Socially Catastrophic. This is the Victorian view of the world." Rob Urie - Author " Zen Economics"

Damien > agelbert
What does your theory that rests on shaky grounds (assumes people in developing countries don’t have TVs, fridges, bikes, phones etc.) help resolve? So every should pollute as much as the 1%? Let’s have +15 degrees temperature increase and see what happens... how stupid and short sighted.
 
agelbert > Damien
It's not a theory. For a fellow who is quite ready to scold polite educated people like Lorenz Hansen for their "uneducated" view of pollution cause and effect, you appear amazingly uninformed.

Here is the key senence in what I wrote. Please ponder it.

Only about half (or less) of the MILITARY budgets alone of the wealthy countries could pay for bio-remediating the most impacted areas, stop the exploitation and care for and educate the high population growth poor there so they become good stewards instead of biosphere destroyers.

Damien, I agree with you that the biosphere is being destroyed by the stupidity and greed of the human species.

However, your purported solution will not work. WHY IS THAT? Well, if every high population growth country's population all disappeared within a decade from a plague (or something similar, whether accidental or intentioned), that 17% of we PLANETARY PARASITES would still be there doing 80% of the BIOSPHERE DESTRUCTION.

To believe otherwise is wishful thinking. We need to get our house in order and get OFF of hydrocarbons, stop polluting mining, energy, manufacturing, wars, pesticide use, etc. and start a massive emergency campaign to get back to 350 PPM of CO2.

If we don't, we only have "DEVELOPED" countries to blame, NOT the "underdeveloped" countries.

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Methane 🚩: The Arctic's hidden climate threat : Natalia Shakhova's latest paper.
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Published on Jun 23, 2019

A methane burst from the East Siberian Arctic Shelf could happen at any time and needs only a trigger. That's the conclusion of the world's leading research scientist in that region - Natalia Shakhova. On 5th June Shakhova and her team released their latest findings and conclusions in a paper published by Geosciences. This week we take a look.

Research links -

https://www.mdpi.com/2076-3263/9/6/251/htm

https://medium.com/@cecilepineda/eyewash-b

https://ourworldindata.org/search?q=co2+em
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Sunrise Sits In at DNC Headquarters, Demanding Climate Debate
June 25, 2019

The day before the first Democratic debate in Miami, dozens gathered at the DNC to demand a climate debate. They say they plan to stay until the DNC meets their demands


Story Transcript

JAISAL NOOR: Some 150 activists with the youth-led climate organization Sunrise Movement held a sit-in outside the Democratic National Committee’s headquarters on Tuesday to demand they reverse their decision not to hold a debate focused on climate change.

STEPHEN O’HANLON: We asked to go up and have a meeting with members of the DNC, and they refused. They locked the doors on us. And you know, I bet when–you can bet when the oil and gas lobbyists come here they don’t have the doors locked on them.

JAISAL NOOR: They have vowed to stay until the DNC meets their demands.

RO KHANNA: How many people plan to stay here all night? So I think the least members of Congress can do is show up and support your generation, your passion for the climate debate.

JAISAL NOOR: It was the day before the first Democratic presidential debate of 2019 in Miami, Florida. Just miles away, an Everglades brushfire is threatening thousands of acres of land.

ZINA PRECHT-RODRIGUEZ: Miami is one of the most threatened large cities in the United States for sea level rise. They out of anyone, that city is in an emergency. So this is a matter of life and death.

JAISAL NOOR: DNC Chair Tom Perez rejected the demand earlier this month in response to a letter from Democratic candidate and Washington governor Jay Inslee.

STEPHEN O’HANLON: This issue has been really left out of the political conversation for our entire lives. In 2016 only 1.5 percent of all of the questions in the Democratic primary debates referenced climate change. In the general election there wasn’t a single question about climate change. This issue has not been discussed, and the American people and voters have not gotten a chance to hear where the candidates stand and what kinds of policies will protect our generation and generations to come.

JAISAL NOOR: Perez said the DNC doesn’t do single issue debates. But Sunrise doesn’t believe that the climate crisis is a single issue.

BENJAMIN FINEGAN: This issue has a foot in racial justice and economic justice. It is a broad issue.

JAISAL NOOR: Fifteen candidates have called for a climate debate, as have more than 50 DNC members across the country. And a new poll commissioned by Data for Progress showed that 64 percent of Democratic voters also support the demand.

STEPHEN O’HANLON: It makes no sense. The DNC is not following the wishes of the party, of the presidential candidates, and of young people who it needs energize if we’re going to defeat Trump.

JAISAL NOOR: But activists say not just any climate debate will do. It must be one that fully grapples with the climate crisis.

ZINA PRECHT-RODRIGUEZ: The climate debate needs to start with the assumption in the room that climate change is real, and that’s not what we’re debating. We’re not debating the extent of damage that climate change has the potential to cause. What we’re debating is essentially about solutions.

JAISAL NOOR: Sunrise is also pushing each candidate to refuse fossil fuel contributions and to prioritize the Green New Deal, a plan to phase out fossil fuels within a decade and create millions of jobs in the process.

YASMEEN PAULING:   We are tired and we want action now, because this literally affects every aspect of our lives. We need to know which candidates we trust to fight for our future and which candidates need to move aside.


https://therealnews.com/stories/sunrise-sits-in-at-dnc-headquarters-demanding-climate-debate
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We Have Less Than a Millisecond Left
« Reply #1797 on: June 28, 2019, 01:09:51 pm »
We Have Less Than a Millisecond Left-
 None of us should be thinking or talking about anything other than climate change.


We Have Less Than a Millisecond Left

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We have less than a millisecond left.

You see, the planet we call home has existed for roughly 4.55 billion years. But numbers that large mean almost nothing to me, nor to most people, so I choose to break it down. If we lay the age of the Earth out over a calendar year, that would amount to 518,264 years per hour or 144 years per second. So if we have 10 or 11 years until the point of no return, as climate scientists have repeatedly told us, that means we have a millisecond left before midnight in which to change our society completely to avoid turning the Earth into a piping hot fajita. (If you want to be more generous and instead look at how long modern homosapiens have been walking around, it’s 315,000 years. So if you lay that over a calendar year, we have roughly 15 minutes before the stroke of midnight to combat climate change. Not sure that makes me feel much better.)

None of us should be thinking about anything other than climate change. We all kind of know it even if we think we don’t know it. Even people who deny climate change exists probably secretly know it. They’re just confusing what they want to be true with what they subconsciously know to be true. I did the same thing when I was a child and tennis legend Jimmy Connors lost in the semifinals of the 1991 U.S. Open after his monumental run at the ancient age of 39. (For an 11-year-old, 39 sounds pretty close to mummified.) I was certain Jimmy would be playing in the finals. I knew deep within my bones that Jimbo would dazzle us with diving volleys and mid-court passing shots in the championship match because how could the powers that be allow the only character America genuinely cared about to bow out before the finals? In my mind it was akin to killing off Iron Man halfway through the movie “Iron Man.”

Jimmy Connors did not show up to the finals. Climate change is the only thing we should be thinking about.

I don’t just mean there should be a report every couple hours about climate change by our bloviating bullhorns of mainstream news. I don’t mean once a day you should mention to a friend that Al Gore seems vaguely douchey but probably has a point. I mean climate change should be ALL we’re thinking about. It should be a major factor in every conversation, every job, every TV show, every humor column, every tweet, every clever T-shirt slogan and every fortune cookie message. Climate change should be everything.

Plastic action figures for kids should have one arm melted off to symbolize the effects of climate change. Your server at a nice restaurant should sprinkle sand in your soup du jour to remind you of the disappearance of fresh water. Ice cream should be exclusively served melted to symbolize rising temperatures. Hamburgers should cost $200 to compensate for the global emissions of factory farming. And every time you go ice skating someone should punch you in the face and yell, “Enjoy it while it lasts!”

We have less than a millisecond left.

Simply put, humans have no business going about our day-to-day actions as if we aren’t on the event horizon. It’s equivalent to working on your model train set while your kitchen is burning down, your spouse is in the bathroom battling an alligator that took up residence in the bathtub, and your 12-year-old daughter is in the living room having just been offered heroin for the first time. … Right now, humanity is still focused on the model train.

The International Governmental Panel on Climate Change says the point of no return is the year 2030. This obviously doesn’t mean everything spontaneously combusts at the stroke of midnight 2030 (although that would be fascinating to watch). It means that after that point—if we aren’t living vastly different lives—no effort will change the fact that the planet inevitably will become uninhabitable and we humans inevitably will go extinct and there inevitably will be no more skiing (both due to a lack of snow and due to a lack of fleshy beings to ride on skis). The year 2030 is the point of no return. It is the date of our impending, prolonged suicide.

Let’s assume the world’s greatest climate scientists are way off. Let’s assume these people who do nothing other than study climatic models using computer programs so sophisticated I wouldn’t be qualified to turn them on—let’s assume they have their swollen heads up their highly-educated asses. Let’s assume that they were so wrong that it’s not 10 years but instead 20 years until the point of no return, so the amount of time we have left is double what they thought. That still means we should be thinking about nothing other than climate change. It still means our very survival as a species, or lack thereof, will be decided in the next couple decades. It still means we have only a millisecond.

Maybe we’re right to die off. Maybe our hubris and egos the size and shape of SUVs have doomed us, and we should just give up and enjoy our final few years. But if that’s the case, I would like an announcement. I would honestly prefer a national address by some of our so-called leaders stating clearly, “Look folks, in order to continue civilized society of the human species, we would need to change everything. Every single one of us would have to labor toward a massive shift to a sustainable culture that works in harmony with nature, rather than abusing nature like it’s a servant who gave us an ugly look. We would have to focus on achieving this new society rather than spending a third of all our free time watching superhero movies. But we have no intention of doing that because it sounds kinda hard, not to mention corporate profits would suffer in the short term. So instead, we’re declaring here and now that we’ll all just keep functioning as is until such time as the oceans turn to acid, the ever-growing storms consume us, and California feels like the inside of a kiln. According to our best minds, that will be 10 to 20 years from now, so don’t worry about starting that retirement fund. Don’t buy the extended warranty on that vacuum. And whatever you do, at no point, and under no circumstances, quit smoking and drinking. …”Thank you, and good night.”

If that’s the choice we’ve decided to make, then I want an announcement along these lines. On the other hand, if we decide to do the opposite and save ourselves, someone should probably let everyone know it’s an all-hands-on-deck scenario.

Let’s make the call. We have less than a millisecond left.

Lee Camp is an American stand-up comedian, writer, actor and activist. Camp is the host of the weekly comedy news TV show “Redacted Tonight With Lee Camp” on RT America. He is a former comedy writer for the Onion and the Huffington Post and has been a touring stand-up comic for 20 years.


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"State of the Biosphere 🚩" Speech
« Reply #1798 on: June 28, 2019, 03:25:50 pm »
None of us should be thinking or talking about anything other than climate change.

SNIPPET 1:
Maybe our hubris and egos the size and shape of SUVs have doomed us, and we should just give up and enjoy our final few years. But if that’s the case, I would like an announcement. I would honestly prefer a national address by some of our so-called leaders stating clearly, “Look folks, in order to continue civilized society of the human species, we would need to change everything. ...

SNIPPET 2:
... , if we decide to ... ... save ourselves, someone should probably let everyone know it’s an all-hands-on-deck scenario.

Let’s make the call. We have less than a millisecond left.


Yep, we are basically out of time. I will not hold my breath waiting for any politician(s) to tell the truth, simply because said polititian(s) would have to include in their "State of the Biosphere" Speech a laundry list of proposed punitive measures on those most responsible for doing the polluting. If they did that, they would be deposed or dead within a week or so.

The article is basically preaching to the choir. We-the-choir know the score.


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"The fossil fuel industry swallows up $5.3 trillion a year worldwide in hidden costs to keep burning fossil fuels, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
 
This money, the IMF noted, is in addition to the $492 billion in direct subsidies offered by governments around the world through write-offs and write-downs and land-use loopholes.

In a sane world these subsidies would be invested to free us from the deadly effects of carbon emissions caused by fossil fuels, but we do not live in a sane world. "  -- Chris Hedges

The elite mega-rich ones doing the lion's share of the damage understand perfectly well how their profit over people and planet practices are destroying most of the habitat for mammalian vertebrate species on planet Earth.

They do not care.

They mistakenly believe that they will benefit from the massive depopulation ☠️ of our species. They firmly believe (even more mistakenly), that with their seed banks and animal DNA science, they can repopulate the Earth with the species that go extinct during this Sixth Mass Extinction.

They are deluded by their boundless ambition and greed. It is these planet killers that are guilty of hubris, not the rest of us. We may be guilty of hope (if said hope is false hope), but that is not hubris.

We may perish as a species, but it will be from the hubris of the profit over people and planet, selfish elite leadership, not because of the carbon footprint of the masses.
« Last Edit: June 28, 2019, 07:49:38 pm by AGelbert »
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Agelbert NOTE: Hat tip to Surly ✨ for alerting me to this and other pertinent news:


Europe heatwave 😓: record high of 45C 🌡️ expected in France

Temperature records expected to be broken as minister warns heatwaves could become norm

Full article:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jun/25/highs-of-45c-expected-in-france-as-heatwave-scorches-europe


Extreme heat 🚩triggers huge Spain 🔥 wildfire

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Hundreds of firefighters are battling wildfires in Spain's Catalonia region, as temperatures soared to 40C (104F) and above across parts of Europe.

Officials say the fires are the worst in the region for 20 years and may spread rapidly.

Much of Europe is experiencing extreme heat. Germany, France, Poland and the Czech Republic have all recorded their highest ever June temperatures.

Meteorologists say hot air drawn in from northern Africa is responsible.

Full article:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-48790242


Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life. Pr. 13:12

 

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