Climate Change Intensifies: Abrupt, Deadly and Irreversible

climate change intensifiesThe ecological science continues to accumulate that abrupt, deadly and irreversible climate collapse [search] is well advanced and accelerating. One new study finds climate is changing more quickly and deeply then predicted [ark] in recent IPCC reports [search]. Dramatic Arctic melting [search] (including Greenland) and feedbacks far beyond those expected is noted. Another study concludes that today's greenhouse gas emissions will continue to heat up the planet for hundreds of thousands of years [ark], in human terms essentially forever. This comes as world governments head to Poland for yet another climate conference, to whine about poor economic growth and why they can't possibly cut their own carbon emissions, demanding instead that others address this terrible emergency. When the ecological bubble bursts we all die.

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  1. shabana says:

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  2. R. Gates says:

    Dr. Barry,
    Once more, right on target. Geologically speaking, the climate changes that are being brought about are essentially the same as if a giant meteor struck the earth…however, in this case, the meteor is the Human Meteor.
    The essential elements that make this meteor hard to turn around or mitigate the effects are:
    1. Nearly 7 billion humans that need to be housed, clothed, feed, transported, etc.
    2. An economic structure based on mass consumption by the majority of those 7 billion humans
    3. A political system or systems that is married to that economic system and can see no other way to house, cloth, and otherwise care for those 7 billion humans.
    4. General laziness and selfishness on the part of the more affluent of those 7 billion, meaning that a few hundred million of those 7 billion live like kings and queens and consume far more of the earth's resources than their fair share, and worst of all, those affluent millions control the economic and political structures that guarantee the perpetuation of the mass consumer human world pardigm.
    Ironically, the human meteor that is rapidly changing the climate of the earth, will wipe away both the economic and political system that caused it.
    This is all as it should be…

  3. Juola (Joe) A. Haga says:

    I suppose we must do what we can in each our several circumstances. Past experience of 200 thousand years seems to show what every child of mankind learns to survive: Trust in your senses. Hope you're right. And figger you'll suffer with others.
    Good luck to all!

  4. John Gibbons says:

    It's difficult to see how anything other than a full scale calamity can possibly shake humanity from its current path, ie. sleepwalking towards the abyss. Problem is, when calamity (even a modest one, like the financial crisis) hits, all effort turns to dealing with it, and the longer term need to alter our collective trajectory gets shelved in pursuit of short term objectives.
    Not to put it too bluntly, I don't see any possibility of these two mutually exclusive positions being reconciled, and certainly not anytime soon -; which, for our collective sakes, is beyond bad news.
    On the other hand, there have to be an awful lot of other species out there just praying for the end of the Anthropocene, and hoping it comes before we deliver extinction to them first.

  5. Are we suffering from amnesia about the value of the Earth and its environs? Have we been mesmerized by a Tower of Babel?
    Perhaps we are forever forgetting about Earth and its environment because too many people, especially the economic powerbrokers, their bought-and-paid-for politicians and their minions in the mainstream media, are worshipping a “totem”. At least to me, there appear to be many too many people for whom the economy, in and of itself, is the primary object of their idolatry. This behavior is observable, obvious and flagrant. In many instances, these worshippers make what they evidently believe are rational arguments that suggest manmade financial and economic systems are somehow essential to, and an integral part of, God's Creation; that indicate the growth of the global economy will occur from now on, even after the Creation is ravaged and its frangible climate destabilized by unbridled overproduction, unchecked overconsumption and unregulated overpopulation activities of the human species. Aside from the “Economic Colossus” nothing matters to them.
    Today, it appears that the financial system of the economic powerbrokers is collapsing like a “house of cards” and the real economy of the family of humanity is threatened. Experts in political economy are saying internally inconsistent and contradictory things. Communications about financials and the economy are generally confused and in disarray. Confidence and trust in the operating systems of finance and the global economy have been undermined by the invention of dodgy financial instruments and unsustainable business models as well as by the promulgation of con games and Ponzi schemes. Transparency, accountability and honesty in business activities have been largely vanquished. A great economic system is being undone by con artists, gamblers and cheats. In such circumstances, does the manmade colossus we call the global political economy remind you in some ways of a modern Tower of Babel?
    Sincerely,
    Steve
    Steven Earl Salmony
    AWAREness Campaign on The Human Population,
    established 2001
    http://sustainabilityscience.org/content.html?contentid=1176

  6. Patrick Troup says:

    Hey all, and good morning.
    That's a good point Steven, where has our love and kinship of our Earth, our one and only home gone? We have non other than this Earth?
    We truly have been disconnected by the impacts of our actions. I personally have experiences where I am shunned and looked down upon for my gracious acts towards the Earth. Among things, the media (and the corporate CEO's) have truly swayed us into beliving there is no end to our consumption.
    I also wanted to comment about a History Channel show I watched last night about climate fluxuations, and most notably the Little Ice Age. The Little Ice Age basically created the black plague due to heavy floods in Europe which killed 1/3 of the population there; wiped out the Viking Empire due to very cold northern temps; and creating famines and social unrest of unbelievable proportions which later helped cause the French and American revolutions because conditions were so terrible.
    I find this absolutely amazing, because the Little Ice Age brought about temeperature changes of only .5 – 3 degrees. And we we are talking about temperature rises in our lifetimes of 5-9 degrees?????????????????????????????????
    We really gotta act fast folks.
    Localize
    Reduce consumption of resources
    Simplify your life
    Learn Basic Skills
    Get to know the people in your community
    Empower yourself
    Inspire other to make changes
    We possibly have very big things coming, and we gotta get our individual lives and societies ready.
    Peace and thanks to all your wonderful work, gets me inspired reading it every time.
    Patrick

  7. Tara says:

    Blunt and to the point. Tks!
    In my blog you can see how much California and other areas contribute to global carbon dioxide emissions.
    http://biofriendly.com/blog/index.php/2008/12/03/californias-carbon-dioxide-emissions/
    It's shocking to say the least.

  8. Dave Moore says:

    From each according to his ability.
    To each according to his needs.
    No species can expand in numbers and consumption for ever.Much American production is for useless or harmful products.
    China has done best at population control and should lead worldwide efforts.

  9. dbecher says:

    Growing populations increase stresses on many of the global eco systems. China has been the most severe in enforcing its “one child” policy, and I sincerely hope we don't select China as a role model. Full term abortions is not a nice thing especially if they kill both mother and baby. Dropping reproduction rates can sharply affect age distribution and future labor supplies which affects
    funding of future social support systems (pensions) for the elderly who are also living longer. This is a slippery slope and China and many other countries are already facing shrinking and aging populations and potentially unfunded pension systems – China, Japan, Korea, most Euros. The high US growth rate is misleading because a lot of the growth is from immigrants (which is an offset on a global basis). The big opportunity is in the emerging economies.

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