Heightening the fear of rapid and severe climate change, continuous, powerful and impressive methane plumes, more than 1,000 metres in diameter, have been found beneath the Arctic seabed off the East Siberian Arctic Shelf of northern Russia.
Global inequity means that a disproportionate share of the climate change problem is caused by very few people. For the moment we don’t really need to worry about changing 7 billion people, the real problem is the global 1%. That includes most of us in the developed world;
“… it will become impossible to hold global warming to safe levels, and the last chance of combating dangerous climate change will be “lost for ever”,
Geoengineering Catch 22, what if the problem is that we don’t even know what the problem is? As such the problem is more of human ignorance and incapacity to make rational choices rather than a technological one per se. If that is the case then clearly “the solution” is education. Obviously we need to get the public to realize that geoengineering is no solution and to understand just how great the risks are, however.
Note from Dorothy: To my great disappointment, I’ll no longer be able to continue as chief administrator for our website. Last Spring I suffered a bit of spinal damage, and this has prevented me from spending the computer time required to service our blog as I would like and as our readers surely deserve. However, the [...]
It is clear that our collective survival depends on the most radical mitigation effort we can imagine. Climate change is already dangerous, it is no longer a future-tense proposition. The hour is late. James Hansen, in a new paper, says that “…goals of limiting human-made warming to 2C and CO2 to 450 ppm are prescriptions for disaster.” At just 0.8C warming so far, he says we have little or no “cushion” left to avoid dangerous climate change.
Thawing permafrost that took tens of thousands of years to form will melt in less than 200, with feedback that will turn the Arctic from carbon sink to source in the 2020s, and release 100 billion tons of carbon by 2100
Statement by Salt Spring Island Trustee Torgrimson on urgent need for climate action with reference to Climate Code Report 4 Degrees Hotter: an Adaptation Trap
Note from Dorothy: My grandchildren grew up listening to Raffi’s wonderful and unique songs – Baby Beluga, This Little Light of Mine, Morningtown Ride and my personal favourite, Douglas Mountain. Never could I have imagined then that this great Canadian musician would come to live on the same island in British Columbia as I do [...]
Note from Dorothy, with update: There is no longer any question as to whether “the end is nigh.” It remains to be seen if we humans have the courage to face the reality of our potential extinction, and then, if we care enough about our survival, the energy to work to prevent this. I remain [...]