Climate Disaster Down Under
The enormity of Australia's climate disaster is further illustrated by the fact that Victoria's bushfires released nearly as much carbon dioxide [ark] as a year of the nation's industrial activity. Climate change caused heat and drought made already fire prone forests a death trap. It is noted this is “far, far more than we're ever going to be able to sequester from planting trees or promoting carbon capture.” Australia's bushfires [search] are but one type of carbon feedback [search] — along with the Arctic absorbing more heat when melted, permafrost melt releasing methane and North American forest die-back — that, when coupled with our inability to stop cutting and burning, ensures climate chaos and seals humanity's dire fate.
The extent to which the biosphere and atmosphere are collapsing is further demonstrated by the latest climate models which show meager efforts to date [ark] to limit greenhouse gas emissions will do little to ease climate change. Now is the time to give incentives for small families, tax carbon and consumption heavily, end coal and ancient forest logging, and prepare for a stewardship revolution. Without such dramatic and immediate transformative social change, we are fucked.