By now the talk about global warming on this site amounts to beating a dead horse, as the granting of the Nobel prize to Al Gore should demonstrate. Clearly, because we fail to take necessary action now as well as in the immediate (as in, the next 3-5 years) future, we are headed towards some catastrophic changes in the way the ecosphere functions to support our main life support systems. There are irreversible changes occurring all around the planet due to the chain of events started by industrialization, the least of which are the opening up of the Northwest passage, the melting of the Siberian permafrost (releasing massive amounts of methane, a far more potent source of pollution than carbon dioxide), rapid melting of the Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets, and increases in chaotic weather (and I’m putting it mildly – like the recent 40 degree drop in temperature from 90 to 50 in the past few days here in Chicago), to name a few.
I know I haven’t been posting in awhile. The workload at school has become unexpectedly large, and it has unfortunately caused me to detract from writing anything of significance on this blog, which I think to both your and my detriment.
That said, there have been a number of things I wanted to comment on but haven’t gotten around to doing. I was (and am still) locked in conversation with my last thread-mate, sianamech, but our exchanges have gotten unmanagably longer, which I am trying (unsuccessfully) to parcel out time for (sorry sianimech).
If anything, though, the time I’ve spent in my return to school has been revealing in that it’s shown me how entrenched people really are to this idea of “sustainable growth,” and things essentially staying the same way they are. I think that’s farcical (click on some of the topics under “apocalypse” to see why), and this latest article just serves to underscore that in an unbelievably major way. May God’s people be a light in these dark times ahead.
Global Warming Is Being Seriously Underestimated
By John James
03 February, 2007
“One of the hardest tasks we face in life is to be the bearer of seriously bad news … I now have to bring the worst of news … that civilisation is in grave danger.”
James Lovelock, The Revenge of Gaia.
A number of simply gigantic reserves of greenhouse gasses that nature has stored for our benefit are now beginning to flood back into the atmosphere, as described in http://www.planetextinction.com.
In addition to what nature gives back to us, our own greenhouse pollution has almost doubled since 2001. There are a number of major natural sources, besides our own. We are beginning to have some idea of the total on the planet, but the speed at which these ancient stores will be released is still completely uncertain.
If someone knows where I can find a copy of the Stern report they mention, please drop me a line.
Indeed, with reports like this coming out nearly every day, it’s hard not to be schizophrenic.
The world’s biggest economic evaluation of climate change says if countries do not act now the world will face a depression worse than that of the 1930s.
The report puts the global cost of global warming and its effects at $A9 trillion – a bill greater than the combined cost of the two world wars and the Great Depression. It represents a fifth of the global economy.
Some more bright news from everyone’s favorite slave-state inducing economists at the IMF:
1200%, people. That means your 50 cent bag of chips in the vending machine would now cost $4; your gas would cost $36/gal. In addition there’s a drought. So the potato field you would plant in response to the prevention of your family’s starvation would be decimated.
I wish I could get some statistics on current worldwide droughts (read my post on the drought in the Amazon), because “modern agriculture” is in response tapping underground water tables and freshwater streams en masse (in addition to multinational corporations like Coke and Pepsi), which is causing rapid decreases of water supplies in many places.
- In probably 20-30 years, no more underground water reserves in many areas.
- Prolonged droughts will become the norm for many areas.
- Without sufficient transport (oil-powered trucks or boats), many will be forced to immigrate or starve.
- Due to massive immigration, many countries already above carrying capacity will have to shoulder the load of more illegals as well as feeding their own populations.
- What will probably happen is point 3.
The Age of Cheap Oil is over. Any suggestions as for what we should do?
Singapore – The economic prospects for Zimbabwe are “grim”, the International Monetary Fund said on Saturday, after data from the southern African nation showed annual inflation rose to a record high above 1 200% in August.
A long-argued thesis of mine, here is yet more support. It’s too bad there’s no mention of Peak Oil or Global Warming/Climate Change here, though. These are no doubt the two greatest challenges (or, to be more specific, apocalyptic calamities) that will grind civilization either to dust (population-wise) and destroy much of the technology and information we’ve accrued during the Age of Oil.
And it should be obvious to most of you that not too many people are doing anything about it.
The Six Stages of Job Loss
Stage 1: Shock and Denial
Stage 2: Fear and Panic
Stage 3: Anger
Stage 4: Bargaining
Stage 5: Depression
Stage 6: Temporary Acceptance
You ready for it? Who or what will you stand for, in the end? What message will your life and death be sending out to those around you?
Sorry about the delay in posting, for those of you who were on my feed; I’m now back in school to finish my bachelor’s. I’m also hoping to get Part 2 of the “Second Coming” series out by today. [update: okay, maybe by Saturday]
[note: taken from google news, where it seems the actual fears are far from the dominating header, as would be expected]
You can’t expect the International Monetary Fund to come out and say the world is headed for a global financial crash. And it isn’t saying that.
But what it is saying, in its own careful way, is that the risk of such a calamity is increasing.
Global warming doesn’t get half as much coverage or have as much direct relevance in the scope of the daily news as Peak Oil does mainly due to its egalitarian way of spreading the blame for all involved for its genesis. (Do you really think John Bolton will stand up at a UN meeting one day and say, “We’re all responsible for global warming, and it’s going to affect the way we live and the way our children will live in the coming future. Let’s do the best we can to change our lifestyle of overconsumption and try to help the world”?)
This alone doesn’t stop the fact that it has as much, if not more, relevance in determining the course of humanity (at least in the form of mass migrations) as Peak Oil would. As usual, for those in power, the more pressing concern is always how to maintain or hoard that power for themselves, as opposed to taking responsibility for problems caused by incorrect empirical assumptions about progress (e.g., how many members of the human race can be supported; assuming that all economic growth – including the production of waste – is good; counting inefficiences such as the simultaneous import and export of millions of pounds of potatoes, consuming more energy, as positive, et. al).
I’m sure that, if they existed, climatologists from undeveloped countries involved in politics would be much more involved in the criticism of first world policies. But I don’t see any reknowned climatologists coming out of Darfur anytime soon.
Oh, right. Sorry – I forgot that the majority of politicians lack spines. Mea culpa.
In any case, it’s too bad that the climatologists who are attempting to take a stand for the issue are being muzzled or marginalized as fringe lunatics with an axe to grind against the government. Gotta love those government-sponsored ad hominems, eh? (Besides, the government these days doesn’t seem to have much of a belief in science or even the majority of opinion).
Friday August 25, 2006
Spring is arriving sooner and autumn is starting later because of climate change, according to a study of more than 500 plants and animals across Europe.Scientists found that events associated with the start of spring – such as the flowering and leafing of plants and activities of certain animal species – were now appearing six to eight days earlier across the continent than they did 30 years ago.
Hm…. After reading this article, we could be headed for serious disaster much faster than I’ve been convinced into thinking lately. The main question is, will the earth really become completely uninhabitable? Or, will humans just be relegated to living in small tribes?
Geoffrey Lean and Fred Pearce, The Independent via Climater Ark via EnergyBulletin
The vast Amazon rainforest is on the brink of being turned into desert, with catastrophic consequences for the world’s climate, alarming research suggests. And the process, which would be irreversible, could begin as early as next year.
Studies by the blue-chip Woods Hole Research Centre, carried out in Amazonia, have concluded that the forest cannot withstand more than two consecutive years of drought without breaking down.
Scientists say that this would spread drought into the northern hemisphere, including Britain, and could massively accelerate global warming with incalculable consequences, spinning out of control, a process that might end in the world becoming uninhabitable.
The alarming news comes in the midst of a heatwave gripping Britain and much of Europe and the United States. Temperatures in the south of England reached a July record of 36.3C on Tuesday. And it comes hard on the heels of a warning by an international group of experts, led by the Eastern Orthodox “pope” Bartholomew, last week that the forest is rapidly approaching a “tipping point” that would lead to its total destruction.