Problems Solved!

“As soon as anyone starts telling you to be “realistic,” cross that person off your invitation list.”

~ John Eliot

 

As it turns out, I was correct with a solution-packed book I wrote more than a decade ago. Killing the Natives: Has the American Dream Become a Nightmare? was replete with dire descriptions of the myriad challenges facing our species, and equally replete with solutions. The book is heavy on hope and techno-optimism.

My 2005 book is wuite dreadful, though. It’s not well-written and it calls upon the populace to change behavior. Fortunately, thanks to the latest episode of Nature Bats Last on the radio, all our problems are solved. We need only read Dr. Helen Caldicott’s books and follow her sage advice. Whew, was that ever a close call.

I’m not surprised somebody from the only country with a per-capita higher consumption of oil than the U.S. is looking to America for leadership. And Australia’s Prime Minister has a great plan to smash the Great Barrier Reef to efficiently export coal. What could possibly go wrong?

Dr. Caldicott echoes many progressive voices in pointing out that we need only (1) elect Bernie Sanders president of the United States, (2) decommission nuclear power plants, and (3) switch to an all-renewable energy system at the global level. I’ll briefly address each of these items below.

Electing Bernie Sanders looks easy to me. He’s articulate, angry, and he claims to be working on behalf the citizenry. And he’s a socialist! What’s not to love? I foresee complete implosion of Ms. Clinton’s campaign as Democratic voters realize she’s a wealthy war-monger. And Bernie vs. Trump in the general election is clearly rigged for the older, wiser, paler man.

As Dr. Caldicott pointed out during the interview, only 50 years are required to decommission a nuclear power plant. There are only about 450 of them around the world, and we have plenty of time. And, apparently Fukushima doesn’t even pose an extinction-level threat to humans. There’s currently no financial incentive to decommission nuclear power facilities, but we know money is a minor issue in the industrialized world. I’m convinced the people will rise up this week, or next week at the latest, and demand we replace money with reason on the nuclear problem. Once America shows the way on this issue, those silly nuclear plants will be decommissioned as smoothly as unicorns take flight.

Finally, there’s the renewable alternative. Here again, we have technology and we will employ it to maximum effect. Soon, we’ll be using solar-powered factories to create wind turbines and solar panels. All our energy will be as clean as Hillary Clinton’s email account. We’ll address the issue of global dimming by selective infusion of aerosols into the atmosphere. And we’ll simply agree to stop destroying habitat for non-human species, in part with a global agreement to cease human-population growth.

There are other problems I’ve not mentioned here. But our collective will is sufficient to overcome any niggling difficulties we may face along our path to a bright, sustainable future. We need only imagine our common, dream-like future and then use a little old-fashioned elbow grease to create it. After all, if the people lead, the leaders will follow.

 

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We’re also is seeking volunteers to support my speaking tours this year. In California, we need a place for me to present in Grass Valley May 3rd, and in Los Angeles on May 18th and 19th.

On the East Coast, we need venues and drivers in Boston (10/3 and 10/4) New York (10/9-10/11), New Jersey (10/12-10/14), Pennsylvania (10/15-10/17),

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Coming Events

Wednesday, 20 April 2016 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern, webinar: “Six a Paths to Near-Term Human Extinction.” Read description and register here.

Webinar April 20,2016 from Pauline Schneider on Vimeo.

Friday, 22 April 2016 at 7:00 p.m., “Responding to Abrupt Climate Change,” Astronomical Society of Las Cruces, Doña Ana Community College, 3400 South Espina Street, Room 141

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Early May 2016: Sacramento, San Francisco, Berkeley, Santa Rosa, Middletown, Chico, Grass Valley, Redding, and Santa Cruz, California. Follow on Facebook.

Northern California tour May 2016

1 May 2016, 12:00 noon, Utopia Now! conference, Humanist Hall, 390 27th Street, Oakland, California

6 May 2016, 12:00 noon, Middletown Art Center, 21456 Highway 175, at the junction of Highway 29, Middletown, California, “The Valley Fire Connection to Abrupt Climate Change”

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13-24 May 2016: Ojai, Los Angeles, and Fountain Valley, California. Follow on Facebook.

13 May 2016, 7:00 p.m., Bookends Books, 110 South Pueblo Avenue, Ojai, California

14 May 2016, 1:00 p.m., Bookends Books, 110 South Pueblo Avenue, Ojai, California

15 May 2016, 4:00 p.m., The Grange, 381 Cruzero Street, Ojai, California

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14-27 September 2016: New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island. Follow on Facebook.

October 2016: USA Pacific Northwest

November 2016: New Zealand and Australia
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Comments 126

  • Once upon a time…
    In a land far, far away…

    Is this your idea of April Fools?

    I like it!

  • Cowgirl Apocalypse Haiku #128

    Cumulus couds soar-
    billowing white, puffs parade
    before chemtrail slash.

  • You forgot that we all, or at least 99% of us, have to chant “ommm”, twirl like a whirring dervish (counter clockwise)and then quickly get into downward dog yoga pose…count to 100 (backwards) and then feel the Bern.


  • Problems solved? Done? Fine. Now, the “elite” of Empire has just to learn that as well 🙂

    … I am shure, they will learn it soon 😎


  • Ommmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

  • Nuclear! We hardly knew ya! We created you, now we’re dead and you live on forever.

    http://listverse.com/2016/03/26/10-devastating-radiation-accidents-they-never-tell-you-about/

  • The future’s so bright I gotta wear welders goggles.

    Question for our esteemed host.

    I read this from –
    http://spaceweather.com/archive.php?view=1&day=30&month=03&year=2016

    “For instance, the upper atmosphere of Earth collapses, allowing space junk to accumulate around our planet. The heliosphere shrinks, bringing interstellar space closer to Earth.”

    At the risk of sounding stupid it would seem to me that this would have the net effect of concentrating GHGs and their effect on the planet. Sort of like focusing the lens down on us ants as it were.

    I apologize in advance if I am way off base.

  • It seems my local club and spa has adopted Guy’s message:
    Excellence, a lifestyle. And what a fine representative specimen…

    (This is no 4/1 joke- spotted on a neighborhood billboard.)

    mod edit ~ Denise, I deleted this link, as it was local to your computer, and might have had personal info in it you did not intend to release. a local link like that does not work for anyone else. ~ mo

  • And here I thought that an announcement would be made, that right at this very moment the Baby Jesus (with Thor subcontracted to do the heavy lifting) would be arriving with a bright shiny new Earth in his donkey cart to save us all from ourselves…

  • “(1) elect Bernie Sanders president of the United States, (2) decommission nuclear power plants, and (3) switch to an all-renewable energy system at the global level.”

    (1) “We very strongly believe that space-time doesn’t really exist”, says Nima Arkani-Hamed, top Princeton physicist, in a recent YouTube video. Since space-time doesn’t really exist, Bernie Sanders doesn’t really exist.

    (2) and (3) A Canadian team led by Prof Mir Faizal, at the Dept of Physics and Astronomy, at the University of Waterloo, in Ontario, Canada, has studied how the universe came into being from nothing. Prof Mir Faizal summed up in 2015 what they have found out. Prof Mir says we have been looking at the question ‘how did the universe come from nothing?’ all wrong. He says:

    “Something did not come from nothing. The universe still is nothing, it’s just more elegantly ordered nothing.” Prof Mir adds that the negative gravitational energy of the universe and the positive matter energy of the universe basically balanced out and created a zero sum.

    Since the universe is nothing, it cannot be real. We can’t switch to an all-renewable energy system because there’s no energy and there’s no universe.

    We see a group nightmare and all we have to do is to wake up.

  • I’m having a bit of cognitive dissonance here.
    If your message, which I completely agree with, is that we only have a short time left, and future generations of 9 million species are completely fucked; we are encouraged to live a life of excellence while we can. We can still follow our passions, be real, and tell people we love them.
    We still can, for however long follow our hearts and dreams, and build on our life’s most near and dear works.
    Unless we’re Dr. Caldicott or Professor Fetzer.
    Why deny them to follow your sage advice? Why be so surprised that they are following it?

    Would you also deny me my dream of making inspiring music that makes people feel good? Would you question me as to why I bother lugging keyboards and amps, mixers and stands and speakers, in and out of venues, when it clearly is destroying my back? Would you deny the love we take is equal to the love we make?
    Would you suggest I or Jim or Helen just give up on their passionate life’s work because it is all going away?

    I can do that.

  • March 2016 Arctic ice cover

    Day millionkm2
    24th 14.523 (average 15.322)
    25th 14.521 2,000km2
    26th 14.482 39,000
    27th 14.446 36,000
    28th 14.413 33,000
    29th 14.375 38,000
    30th 14.320 55,000
    31st 14.280 40,000 (average 15.238)

    Total loss for period is 243,000km2 versus 1981-2010 average of 84,000km2

    https://nsidc.org/arcticseaicenews/charctic-interactive-sea-ice-graph/

  • That did not display the way I composed it but if you insert suitable gaps you’ll fathom it out.

  • Just to back you up about Bernie Sanders – in Europe the voting gave him 19 seats (or whatever they are) and Hillary Clinton 7. A clear margin that wasn’t reflected in the USA… one can only surmise that six coin-flips in a row for Clinton was paid for?

    Even so, if Bernie is elected president, he has something of a mountain to climb if he’s going to change anything for the better.

    Living in relatively democratic Europe, the problems of pollution and the resulting climate change are all but insurmountable. People would rather take risks they’re unaware of than work in their own locality and save fuel. And so on, and so on, and so on…

  • Redd Foxx Jackasses

  • In the end it’s Kind of unsatisfactory that humanity will not go out with a big bright shining unselfish Hollywoodlike last stand.
    We will perish like a fart, with the last specimen of our species still wondering what the heck just happened.
    I demand a Bruce Willis ending !
    Empire owes me, cause i served it !
    All the best Mr. McPherson

  • There was a concept during the Nuclear Freeze era of “bouncing the rubble”, meaning, killing the same people over and over with an excess of nuclear detonations.

    The only drawing back from that inevitable fate that I could see would be India and Pakistan having a horrific nuclear exchange, which would (lightly, a la Chernobyl) poison much of the Northern Hemisphere, and — only possibly, not likely — cause the great nuclear powers to disarm to a level of higher survivability.

    Nuclear power plants are one of the grossest insanities ever devised by humankind. If the pyramids of Egypt has been nuclear installations delivering electric power to the pharaohs of Egypt 3000 or 4000 years ago, we would still have to be posting guards over their radioactive detritus for another 21,000 years, at least.

    That is just mathematical and historic madness, mathematics beyond the ability of 95% of people to make an informed guess about, and the sign of a species on suicide watch (remember the idea of having nuclear water heaters in your basement?)

    But what the pwogwessives like Bernie and his supporters do not yet comprehend is the other booby-trap handed us by pre-human geo-history, the methane stored under the ice and tundra. If you know there is a pool of quicksand behind your house (or in the case of my grandparents, an old cesspool covered with rotting boards), you do not walk or play anywhere near there.

    From the time of Keeling’s carbon measurements, humanity should have turned on a dime and avoided “walking” near that quicksand, but they did not. End of story.

    The idea of irreversible triggers, events which overlap one another in causes and effects, delivering just ONE brief window of avoidance — if that — just does not process in the economic and political realm of a species struggling with its day-to-day, overpopulated survival. The individual advantage vs the collective well-being wins out every time. It’s just too convenient to turn that ignition key.

    In every poor city of the world are streets choked with carbon-burning vehicles, and emergent middle classes just beginning their own 1950’s-style “Happy Motoring.”

    As much as we would like to “solve” problems like hunger, disease, social justice, racial enmities, this perilous overlap — the too-late attempt to reverse methane once discovered — has written finale to all these dilemmas, no matter who rules the final decades.

    You can do something good in small measures, but the rest? Impossible now.

    I’ve picked out one hungry family to help, feed, house, and share time with, and I realize it is largely to keep my own perspective on the realities of the billions who will soon be living on the edge of extinction, closer than I. We US Americans live in our delusional Disneyland, otherwise. And we will have to begin to tune out their tragic stories, as we enter upon our own.

    I think Guy carries in his head a collection of global models, of temperature, of storms and droughts and migrations and radiation and GHG levels, and makes his best attempt to project outcomes.

    We are all doing this. (See Paul Beckwith’s latest videos.)

    People who “disagree” — Jaysus f’ing Christ! make your own predictions from the data we share, there are enough starting points. Your conclusions can be your own contribution! As Yogi said about Guy’s work (oh yes he did), “It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future.”

    IMO, the radiation threat is not the ELE threat equivalent to methane. 14-year-olds can reproduce, and mutant babies are neither universally popped out, nor 100% stillborn or miscarried. As long as 14-20 can make it to 14-20, you don’t go “extinct”. (Just culturally and functionally so.) You return to being a “normal” animal species. Not a bad idea!

    I suppose if you wanted to verify this either way, there has been enough recent radiation over Japan to measure and project these effects worldwide. Just supposin’ here.

    The spread of radiation that Guy projects depends on the same types of transmission systems that Nevil Shute imagined in “On The Beach”: a massive cloud spreading gradually southward over the year following total war in the Northern Hemisphere.

    Probing the psychology of the NTHE community, I suspect that we may be wishing to add something to the drama of our dossier against human malfeasance on this Earth, convicting as it must already be. Would I be wrong in guessing that the valid fears of nuclear power plant meltdowns are taking something from an earlier era’s — not that it shouldn’t be ongoing today — fears of nuclear fallout from a total war exchange of weaponry? Multiple madnesses infect our time, and the systemic models in our heads struggle to measure and project their outcomes.

    The issue would be a question of how localized or spreadable would be these effects, and with what potency once they have reached their greatest extent.

    In nuclear disintegration, the most potent particles — gamma — have the fastest decay rates, and yet are the lightest and most transmissible on the winds of interchange between hemispheres. They need to be injected high into the atmosphere, and carried quickly on winds. Under what scenarios this happens, I leave to you.

    The heavier alpha particles, which if ingested will attack the body’s cells with high cancer probability over a longer time, but rarely can travel far from their origins.

    In contrast, methane has no blockages to its eventual covering of the entire Earth, and there is enough quantity underlying the seas and tundra to remove human habitat entirely. The mode and timing of its release is the whole foundation of NTHE.

    So in an understandable sense, I see some of Guy’s mode of presentation as “bouncing the rubble,” adding emphasis — accurate in their particular descriptions — where it may not be needed.

    In other words, I would not present other contributions to human die-off — radiation, famine, plague — which independently would target a 90% — and 90% is of course my own guess, subject to debate based on likely evidence — depletion of human population. These events may remove most humans, but do they remove human habitat?

    Now, if one of these events kills someone — every remaining one — who might have survived the other events, then you do have ELE, but that would be a mighty tight coincidence.

    I think that when you are trying to TEACH people that the methane bomb has been or may have been triggered irreversibly, then that is the unique subject worthy of further study as an Extinction Level Event, the others being subordinate and contributory possibilities.

    How you teach people that we are on an extinction course is subject to individual teaching style, but at this point, I see throwing in additional dangers — although seriously threatening on their own — as being a distraction rather than an enhancement in making the case.

    As I’ve said before, the only small aperture that avoids extinction is a massive calamity — something like a plague virus that “cleanly” reduces human population and carbon-burning, followed by a re-freezing of the Arctic and remission of further methane generation, if it can halt in the absence of human contribution.

    Odds of these? NBL, or Not Bloody Likely. Under 5%. So it goes.

  • Not necessarily entirely climate related, but MSM is predicting that 3.5 million N. Koreans will starve to death during the “next great march” (NK propaganda) – likely over the next few years …

  • Okay Batman: Who is WE if nothing exists? Who are you addressing if nothing exists? What information are you disseminating if nothing exists? You keep doing this. If there’s no Bernie Sanders, what are you talking about? You’re making statements to fictitious beings, according to your statement. So are you hallucinating, a solipsist or just crazy?

    Answer the questions and stop regurgitating what others wrote. You can’t explain it (or anything) by repeating nothing exists.

  • Just a couple of comments I made on a Paul Beckwith You Tube skit.

    Blame ? Its human nature to ignore uncomfortable news, or a threat ‘over the hill’, if something isn’t making us uncomfortable right now, then we tend to ignore it. Like when the cave man stepped on fresh tyrannosaurus shit, they would keep their eyes open, but if it was dry they wouldn’t worry ) I changed my middle name 16 years ago to Thankyoufornotbreeding, along with nearly always talking about how stuffed we all are, and how the last human generation is (if we are lucky) at least 8 years old. BUT I have seen about 20 babies born via my close friends and relations ….. these are young people, computer literate, more than capable of reading the information I have been highlighting these past years, I’m 58 so what the fuck, but even the grandparents who are old enough to read and maybe understand shit, are encouraging overpopulation, and future suffering of their own families ???? go figure. So yeah who to blame ? The PIMs ….. pig ignorant masses. It is the PIMs that let the corporations lie to them, it is our own stupid faults.

    Robert Atack1 second ago
    And as far as reducing emissions now to reduce future climate change, that is an utter joke, we are way past doing anything to stop the planet going ‘Venus”. The planet has set up the perfect storm, with 55 million years of stored carbon CH4 etc, just below the current melt line, @ 406 ppm CO2 and 2(?) ppm CH4 we have leapfrogged over any chance of reversing what is set in motion. The ice is guaranteed to go, that was locked in @ at least 350 ppm CO2, since then it has only been a matter of time …. TIMES UP, sorry.
    Its a bit like seeing the flash of a nuclear bomb, the only thing you can do is take your glasses of, bend over and place your head between your legs, and kiss your arse goodby.

  • Tom
    just let it go.
    You want to “win” an argument on a blog who has the subject of the end of our species ?
    Even if you win, you lose.
    I’m ablazed to see you people bickering about positions which do not matter if the host of this WP is proven right.
    And you wonder why humanity is trapped within empire ?
    You would gladly see the biosphere in flames if only you would get the better of an intellectual Exchange ?
    That is paving the downfall of man.
    Acedemics, to much time thinking, none left doing….let go feeling.

  • More, give is more Guy…please…love this stuff, wanna write like this

    Thanks for Being

  • Oh I get it, April Fools. Ya got me.

  • Love the video clip
    I have started on my next bestseller “how to learn to be starving,dehydrated,choke on dust and radiation and die ungracefully, when.. The Best is Yet To Come!”

  • Ozman,
    I’ve just read the David Graeber link you posted. Graeber doesn’t
    get it. Energy is the master resource that allows industrial civilisation to function. Without the continuous energy input from fossil fuels,this civilisation falls apart like a house of cards. As energy supplies
    become more restricted,the economy falters. The major ‘side effect’ (hows
    that for a euphemism?) of the burning of fossil fuels are the enormous,
    manifold problems of climate disruption and ocean acidification.
    We’re caught in pincer grip. That is the inescapable progress trap we are
    in. All the rest is blather (or Bafflegab,in this case) Articles like Graeber’s are the equivalent of discussing the fine
    tuning of the engine driving the Titanic.

  • A great short story. Vital, you must have at least 2 beers down and be bbqing outside in a
    cool spring breeze when you read this. Also, any pets you are especially fond of should be by your side munching bbq with you as you read.

    http://www.strangehorizons.com/2008/20080630/roadside-f.shtml

  • Thought this was an interesting article about why people don’t pay that much attention to climate change:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/marty-kaplan/attention-must-be-paid-except-to-climate-change_b_9596958.html

    I would probably add that in addition to people feeling like it’s so far removed from their time/space, that they also simply don’t want to know. As Guy has said numerous times, there are people who want to know about the asteroid that’s about to hit, and there are those who don’t. I would venture to guess that most people don’t. I don’t know if it’s cultural or what, but most of us don’t change our individual behavior until a crisis befalls us. So we keep smoking, drinking and eating crap until we get cancer or heart disease, then (sometimes) we do something about it. That’s probably also what we do collectively. We’re never going to address these problems ahead of time, we’re just going to be reacting to the crises that ensue. Chaos and desperation. Good times. And now a cheesy video from the earnest 80s…

  • At least we still have some wise fools; Happy April ThingyWotsit’s Day:

    “To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
    Creeps in this petty pace from day to day
    To the last syllable of recorded time,
    And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
    The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
    Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player
    That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
    And then is heard no more: it is a tale
    Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
    Signifying nothing.”

    (Macbeth)

    “I think if I took therapy, the doctor would quit.
    He’d just pick up the couch and walk out of the room.”

    (Don Rickles)

  • http://www.Homeland security news wire.com

    NSA authors of the NBL group study suggest that we are facing an increase in the frequency and intensity of natural disasters as a consequence of climate change. “We believe that this is going to cause even more natural disasters and, therefore, the use of social networks will allow us to obtain useful supplementary information,” points out Professor Esteban Moro, who is currently working on further research monitoring Guy R. McPherson and other groups. “We are trying to see if there is a relationship between activity on social networks and climate change which will affect us in the future”.

    — Read more in Y. Kryvasheyeu et al., “Rapid assessment of disaster awareness using social media activity,”

    HOMELAND Security monitoring

  • Also this week, the Senate Armed Services Committee, led by James Clapper, released the Worldwide Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Community for 2016. The document is 33 pages of potential problems the government is most concerned about in the coming year, a few of which can fall into the category of existential risks:
    1.The Internet of Things (IoT). Though this doesn’t technically pose an existential risk, it does have the potential to impact quality of life and some of the freedoms we typically take for granted. The report states: “In the future, intelligence services might use the IoT for identification, surveillance, monitoring, location tracking, and targeting for recruitment, or to gain access to networks or user credentials.”
    2.Artificial Intelligence. Clapper’s concerns are broad in this field. He argues: “Implications of broader AI deployment include increased vulnerability to cyberattack, difficulty in ascertaining attribution, facilitation of advances in foreign weapon and intelligence systems, the risk of accidents and related liability issues, and unemployment. […] The increased reliance on AI for autonomous decision making is creating new vulnerabilities to cyberattacks and influence operations. […] AI systems are susceptible to a range of disruptive and deceptive tactics that might be difficult to anticipate or quickly understand. Efforts to mislead or compromise automated systems might create or enable further opportunities to disrupt or damage critical infrastructure or national security networks.”
    3.Nuclear. Under the category of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD), Clapper dedicated the most space to concerns about North Korea’s nuclear weapons. However he also highlighted concerns about China’s work to modernize its nuclear weapons, and he argues that Russia violated the INF Treaty when they developed a ground-launch cruise missile.
    4.Genome Editing. Interestingly, gene editing was also listed in the WMD category. As Clapper explains, “Research in genome editing conducted by countries with different regulatory or ethical standards than those of Western countries probably increases the risk of the creation of potentially harmful biological agents or products.” Though he doesn’t explicitly refer to the CRISPR-Cas9 system, he does worry that the low cost and ease-of-use for new technologies will enable “deliberate or unintentional misuse” that could “lead to far reaching economic and national security implications.”

    The report, though long, is an easy read, and it’s always worthwhile to understand what issues are motivating the government’s actions. GUY & MO have my real ID info. I did try to explain months ago the effects of CRISPR & WMD biogenetic advancements. Asymmetrical Bio war on schedule for potential induced pandemics by June 6 2016

  • A fool and his chocolate bunny are soon departed.

    Just the day before Easter, an independent report came out saying that all chocolate bars contain unsafe limits of toxic heavy metals. A study says kids spend more time indoors than prisoners. Kids have less attention spans than goldfish. Kids watch video screens 8 hours per day. We give kids food laced with computer designed synthetic DNA. We feed kids nano-particles. Who knows how many thousands of chemicals our kids have in their bodies. Why we insist on killing our kids is beyond me.

    Don’t get me wrong, I like kids, hell, some of my best friends are kids.

    http://www.asyousow.org/our-work/environmental-health/toxic-enforcement/lead-and-cadmium-in-food/

  • Thanks for the warning Robert. It seems we can’t escape our pollution, and as a species we’re consuming the plastic we dumped into the biosphere (especially the ocean). It’s broken down through sunlight, salt water, time and current into its constituent particles and both fish and birds consume it without discrimination. In fact the red colored plastics are mistaken for shrimp and gobbled up before other plastic. The result is obvious, since plastic can’t be digested. At this point, it’s safe to say that we’re ingesting plastic nanoparticles every time we consume fish.

    Beside that, we’re breathing air laced with particulates, radioactive particles, and the gas mixture that comprises “air” contains methane and hydrogen sulfide among many others.

    For a focus on just methane and hydrogen sulfide in our atmosphere and the results, check out Jumping Jack Flash Hypothesis, where Jonny Mnemonic finds news stories from all over the world that contain mysterious explosions of homes and vehicles (both parked and driven), people of all ages suddenly bursting into flame, having “medical episodes” and crashing vehicles, or slumping over dead, weird things like scrap metal, tires, pallets, vacant homes and utility poles erupting into flames, planes (of all types) having trouble staying in the air, and much more. If you’re interested:

    http://jumpingjackflashhypothesis.blogspot.com/

  • @ Shallel
    The meaning of life is music.

    Best Wishes

  • A longish poem about death, by a 17-yr-old.

    Thanatopsis
    By William Cullen Bryant

    To him who in the love of Nature holds
    Communion with her visible forms, she speaks
    A various language; for his gayer hours
    She has a voice of gladness, and a smile
    And eloquence of beauty, and she glides
    Into his darker musings, with a mild
    And healing sympathy, that steals away
    Their sharpness, ere he is aware. When thoughts
    Of the last bitter hour come like a blight
    Over thy spirit, and sad images
    Of the stern agony, and shroud, and pall,
    And breathless darkness, and the narrow house,
    Make thee to shudder, and grow sick at heart;—
    Go forth, under the open sky, and list
    To Nature’s teachings, while from all around—
    Earth and her waters, and the depths of air—
    Comes a still voice—
    Yet a few days, and thee
    The all-beholding sun shall see no more
    In all his course; nor yet in the cold ground,
    Where thy pale form was laid, with many tears,
    Nor in the embrace of ocean, shall exist
    Thy image. Earth, that nourished thee, shall claim
    Thy growth, to be resolved to earth again,
    And, lost each human trace, surrendering up
    Thine individual being, shalt thou go
    To mix for ever with the elements,
    To be a brother to the insensible rock
    And to the sluggish clod, which the rude swain
    Turns with his share, and treads upon. The oak
    Shall send his roots abroad, and pierce thy mould.
    Yet not to thine eternal resting-place
    Shalt thou retire alone, nor couldst thou wish
    Couch more magnificent. Thou shalt lie down
    With patriarchs of the infant world—with kings,
    The powerful of the earth—the wise, the good,
    Fair forms, and hoary seers of ages past,
    All in one mighty sepulchre. The hills
    Rock-ribbed and ancient as the sun,—the vales
    Stretching in pensive quietness between;
    The venerable woods—rivers that move
    In majesty, and the complaining brooks
    That make the meadows green; and, poured round all,
    Old Ocean’s gray and melancholy waste,—
    Are but the solemn decorations all
    Of the great tomb of man. The golden sun,
    The planets, all the infinite host of heaven,
    Are shining on the sad abodes of death,
    Through the still lapse of ages. All that tread
    The globe are but a handful to the tribes
    That slumber in its bosom.—Take the wings
    Of morning, pierce the Barcan wilderness,
    Or lose thyself in the continuous woods
    Where rolls the Oregon, and hears no sound,
    Save his own dashings—yet the dead are there:
    And millions in those solitudes, since first
    The flight of years began, have laid them down
    In their last sleep—the dead reign there alone.
    So shalt thou rest, and what if thou withdraw
    In silence from the living, and no friend
    Take note of thy departure? All that breathe
    Will share thy destiny. The gay will laugh
    When thou art gone, the solemn brood of care
    Plod on, and each one as before will chase
    His favorite phantom; yet all these shall leave
    Their mirth and their employments, and shall come
    And make their bed with thee. As the long train
    Of ages glide away, the sons of men,
    The youth in life’s green spring, and he who goes
    In the full strength of years, matron and maid,
    The speechless babe, and the gray-headed man—
    Shall one by one be gathered to thy side,
    By those, who in their turn shall follow them.
    So live, that when thy summons comes to join
    The innumerable caravan, which moves
    To that mysterious realm, where each shall take
    His chamber in the silent halls of death,
    Thou go not, like the quarry-slave at night,
    Scourged to his dungeon, but, sustained and soothed
    By an unfaltering trust, approach thy grave,
    Like one who wraps the drapery of his couch
    About him, and lies down to pleasant dreams.


  • ” The meaning of life is music.”

    This could upset some scientific, rational, materialist minds- but who cares? I don’t, muhahaha.

    Thank you, Feed Jake, you made my day!

    … gonna have a session with some friends this evening, yeah, I don’t need much to be happy, haha.


  • @richards

    Thanks a lot for the wonderful poem. Poetry is the language of Mother Earth, not rationalism nor materialism.

  • 1st April: 14.241 millionkm2, down 39,000km2 and continuing the recent trend.

    A refreeze similar to that of 2015 is still possible.

    https://nsidc.org/arcticseaicenews/charctic-interactive-sea-ice-graph/

  • Neven has an addendum on his sea ice blog for this past winter.

    http://neven1.typepad.com/blog/2016/04/winter-analysis-addendum.html#more

    And Dr. Jason Box has a little more information out on the Greenland melt.

    http://jasonbox.net/more-greenland-melt-under-cloudy-conditions/

    a quote

    Together, atmospheric heat and condensation delivered more energy to the lower elevations of the ice sheet than absorbed sunlight during pulses in July and August 2012. It’s counter-intuitive that under cloudy conditions there can be more melting, especially because the surface is so dark in this lower 1/3 of the ice sheet elevations. It goes to show that the ice sheet melt does not get a break just because the sun is blocked.

    It snowed here. No complaints from me.

  • @ Nemesis & Feed Jake

  • @ Mark Austin
    Thanks for the confirmation regarding Skynet Security. Can they go 100% AI before it all powers down? If so, the logical move would be to eliminate the humans. Don’t think they have robots that can do maintenance yet though.

    Thanks too for the nanotechnology item previously. We don’t know if this was what Putin meant by the term “nature-like technologies”. Dmitry Orlov suggested it might be survival type homesteading in the forests of Siberia.

    @ Kevin Moore
    Thanks for the postings on the Arctic Sea ice extent. Viddaloo has a nice graphic on it this week at the NBL forum, although he usually follows volume. I was following the melting seasons for the last few years and sort of eagerly anticipating the Blue Ocean event, just to show those deniers what-for and to wake the rest of the slumbering public up. More recently I’ve begun to rethink that position though. I mentioned it to a colleague who is aware of NTE and he didn’t think it would have much effect on the masses. He didn’t think it would even make the headlines.

  • You can check to see how far your last frost date has changed over the last 100 years
    http://www3.epa.gov/climatechange/science/indicators/health-society/growing-season.html

  • climate change induced rice shortage and drought resulting in food protests and riots in Philippines

    http://www.bbc.com/news/video_and_audio/headlines/35950112

  • @Mark Austin

    You are amazing. Please don’t ever stop your posts.

    BEST WISHES!

  • Can I at least get a yea or nay on the hard science Q I posed up thread?

    Hello…ello…ello…ello!

    Is this blog an exclusive club and I need to learn the handshake? Or is it just a computer generated BS site?

    Look there is nothing that has been written here that I have not already known or at least suspected for 40+ years, please at least give me a response.

  • @ Guy
    I don’t know exactly how to say this, but here goes. This space that you’ve created, that you manage, may be a pain in the ass for you sometimes. And yes, there is too much ego, and pettiness that ends up here. But you and this space have enriched my life, because when it’s good, it’s really good.

    I just want to say thank you. Thank you very much.

    Best Wishes

  • Jef, what part of chemistry or physics is involved with the “collapse of the atmosphere.” How does it collapse?

    Please define “space junk”

    Does your definition of the heliosphere extend from the sun and out past the 8 planets?

    How does the heliosphere shrink and what is the time scale, billions of years, decades?

    I will go way out on a limb and state that for me the only way the heliosphere could shrink in a decade would be for the sun to stop nuclear fusion. If that occurs, we have nothing to fear about global warming.

    Death comes soon to us all. Please, only two posts per day. This is my second. I hope my post helped. Tomorrow hopefully is a new day for us both.

  • Jef: I think the reason you aren’t getting an answer is that probably none of us are experts in the field (or know enough about it)and that your question would be better posed on a site specializing in space weather, the Earth’s radiation shield, that sort of thing.

    After reading the surrounding article you linked to, it seems that conditions are right for radiation from deep space to bombard our planet while there is a solar minimum (or low sunspot cycle). That’s not an answer to your question, but suggests that you may be on to something with your conjecture.

    If I see anything related or find a site, i’ll report to you back here.

  • @Rusty1 re. the Philippines, they went from 91 people/km2 in 1961 to 321 people/km2 in 2014. 350% the population in not much more than 50 years’ time. The main religion is Roman Catholic (~85%), with a minority Muslim cohort (~5%). Both groups are ardently natalist.

    Climate change aside, what exactly did they think was going to happen?

  • Hey Mark Austin,
    Thanks again for your though provoking post. Just a question? Should I buy a boat now and change my identity “again” and head for the pacific, or do you think they will find me? You once knew me as the alias Henry (from Sydney) now I have come clean with my real name you tell me all this!

    Feed Jake@ Shallel
    The meaning of life is music…..mmm yeah… I would add to that.
    The meaning to life is to resist, combat, confront, delete, and give up and flee from all forms of industrial civilisation and corporate greed and imperialism…however… the MEDECINE from this is definitely for me too… The Music
    I am fine when I am blowing a tri tone substitution over a dominant 7th on my Mark 6 Tenor Horn. Nothing else exists. The problem has always been when I put the horn down(HElP) and and yet again am confronted the mess we(and I) are making.
    I experienced this yesterday afternoon dealing with a blinding headache from recurring El Nino summer virus, and decided that Toots Thielman was the ointment I needed…i was correct! As he soothed me with his mellow tones then Stevie Wonder arrived jamming… this got my attention as I decided there and then I am buying a chromatic harmonica and I will carry it forever in my hip pocket. It is far more portable than a grand piano

  • Mark Austin,

    Thank you.

  • “I foresee complete implosion of Ms. Clinton’s campaign as Democratic voters realize she’s a wealthy war-monger.”

    Would that were the case! The fix is in. Thanks to the ‘super delegates’, and the general machinations of the Democratic machine, Clinton will be the Democratic nominee. (It’s as inevitable as an ice free arctic.) Oh, and she’ll ‘schlong’ Trump in the general election. Not that any of this matters. Extinction is only a decade and a half away. Enjoy the show!

  • Lake Mead – Supplies some water and electricity for ~ 40 M humans

    1,229 ft – High water line
    1,171 ft – Avg 75 year level
    1,080 ft – today’s level
    1,075 ft – lowest level ever achieved since filling in the 1930s (Aug 2015)
    1,050 ft – lowest level to “safely” generate electricity
    950 ft – lowest level to generated electricity
    935 ft – lowest level to “safely” supply water
    895 ft – “dead pool” water not able to go through dam

    As the elevation is lowered, the reduction accelerates as the surface area of the water decreases (canyons become more narrow with depth)

    At capacity, Hoover Dam can produce over 2,000 megawatts of capacity and a yearly average generation of 4.5 billion kilowatt hours

    More coal/nuclear plants? Desalination plants?

    As Professor/Doctor GMc has quoted “chickens and chainsaws”

  • Correction to earlier post,

    The new Lake Mead Intake No. 3 (opened in Sept 2015) will enable the hotels in Las Vegas to continue to drain water from the lake to the 860 ft. level. (More/more, Faster/faster)

    The bottom of the lake (when the river dries up) is 720 ft.

    One last point – when Lake Mead opened in the 1930s – the population of the area it served was about 8 M, today it is 5 times that level.

  • @mo: Thanks, bro. The cowgirl struggles so with technology ;-).

    @Guy: What Feed Jake Says @April 2nd, 2016 at 2:04 pm.
    (and) Thank you for inspiring my imperfect attempt at a life of excellence!

    @Y’all: Thanks for being here. Much Love and Happy Spring!

  • Awwww, cuntagious, what the heck! You mean people have to suffer like this for another fifteen years!?! That’s a sad situation…I mean, suffering is already so thick around here that you can cut it with a knife.

    I say, “RELEASE THE KRAKEN! The Kraken of ALL FOUR HORSEMEN! You sad sacks are UNWORTHY OF EXISTENCE because of the great magnitude of unnecessary suffering that you have caused!”

    Some people enjoy the fact that the rich will suffer too, when extinction hits. But, I enjoy the fact that all the regular citizens that did nothing to stop the extinction will suffer. It’s only fair that they suffer too. Stupid cannibals! They didn’t see that capitalism is a cannibal. They allowed all the people that could be eaten to be eaten, past, present and FUTURE! They’ve eaten them all…and, you so called ‘normal people’, you privileged clueless, you’re NEXT! I can’t wait for the wailing and gnashing of teeth, because I’ll know that this embarrassment, our cannibal culture, a Carnival of Shame, will finally be done with, soon.

    We are busy eating ourselves up from the inside and eating ourselves up on the outside. Imagine, self cannibalization. We’re in the final stages. Soon we’ll be eating rotten corpses. Then, we will become our true selves. Our real selves will finally show forth in full.

    The war against the Spirit has been won.

    So I say, RIDE, HORSEMEN, RIDE! Get off your skinny asses and get on with it!

  • PRAYER FOR EXTINCTION

    ALMIGHTY God,

    Unto who whom the darkness of our hearts is open,
    the sickness of our desires known,
    and from whom the depravity of our lust is never hid.

    If it be Thy will, cleanse the thoughts that arise from our evil minds
    by bringing upon us our most Blessed Extinction.
    So that in our next life we may perfectly love You
    and worthily magnify Thy Holy Name.

    Amen

  • Weakening hopium …

    As Krugman explains,”the talks could mark a turning point” toward “the kind of international action needed to avert catastrophe.” But he adds: “Then again, they might not; we may be doomed. And if we are, you know who will be responsible: the Republican Party.ExxonMobil Warns

  • @Dredd

    The Washington Post reports that ExxonMobil has a far saner view of global warming than the national Republican party.

    The paper’s centrist editorial page editor, drops this bombshell:

    With no government action, Exxon experts told us during a visit to The Post last week, average temperatures are likely to rise by a catastrophic (my word, not theirs) 5 degrees Celsius, with rises of 6, 7 or even more quite possible.

  • Great April Fool’s Feature, Guy!

    The funniest thing, though, it that “progressive” media such as The Nation and Pacifica Radio network programs such as Democracy Now and KPFA news/commentary shows are spouting stuff like that on other days, and NOT as a joke, and people on Facebook, including many i know, are channeling this crap by re-posting it, creating a self-reinforcing echo chamber. They really hate it when i post a contrary opinion.

  • Two dominant, and likely fatal ideas or social formations are responsible for our predicament.

    Capitalists, as they are required by law, are only concerned with short-term profit. Now since the for-profit corporation is the dominant agent in human industrial societies, and since they now own virtually our entire planet, how is it even remotely possible that the health of the ecology of this planet will ever be a priority? Obviously, it’s not possible. Concern for the environment is a non-profit, long-term activity and long-term not-for-profit behavior can never be a priority in a world of corporate dominance.

    Secondly, our deepest religious ideas completely remove us from the natural world and place us in the hands of a sky god. How can a population that has been theologically trained for centuries to see themselves as separate from the natural world and who are manically obsessed with a place in the sky called heaven, ever truly care about the destruction of the natural world?

    Capitalism and Christianity are two deeply destructive ideas fatal to the preservation of nature, and they seem to reinforce each other. Failure to see these realities, to understand them, and to act to eliminate them, is the reason for the failure of environmentalists and of thoughtful people everywhere.

  • Elroy, atheist USSR, wasn’t exactly ecologically friendly. More like a horror show. Maybe it’s just what we are and it could be no other way? See any of the other creatures, our relatives, worrying about their footprints?

  • @lidia
    I guess drought The Philippines has been gripped by a strong El Nino dry spell since December which has hit food production.The state weather bureau had warned that rainfall could decrease by as much as 80 per cent during the drought, which is expected to last until the middle of this year.

  • Wow, I cannot believe you are still banging Dr Caldicott. You say it takes 25 to 50 years to decommission a nuclear reactor, She said the same thing and said if after you posed the question to her in a tone. She said everything you been saying, get off fossil fuels now, She said the radiation from FuckUshima is terrible and going to give off cancers for centuries if not forever. You asked her if FuckUshima is an ELE, She said no in the sense by itself it isn’t. She never said decominishing all the world nuke plants could be done, she just said it should be done.
    She also emphasized nuclear war that could end us at any time.
    In fact of all your guests she is the most Scientifically astute, Realistic short of saying yeah there is no doubt that humans are done. She probably thinks that and if you asked her what she the odds were she would probably would have given a very low number for survival.
    Guy you have had some pretty goofy guests on your show, from Conspiratards, to hippie women living in converted school bus who were much less Scientifically and realistically astute then Dr Caldicott.
    I really do not get your disagreement with her.

  • rusty1,
    Yes, but I think Lidia’s point was as that if you have a policy of ignoring ecological limits and enforcing population growth on the population and restricting their access to both contraception and abortion,
    as the very powerful hierarchy of the Catholic church does in its
    powerful position in determining government policy,eventually those limits make themselves known. There would always be a point where food becomes
    limited due to drought,or some other natural disaster.
    There is a parallel here with the worldwide grainstocks. The number of days in reserve of those stocks has been on a downward slide since the mid 1980s.
    I haven’t googled it,so you can check the exact details,but what it means is that the worldwide food situation has become more precarious and susceptible to natural disasters. The probability of this happening
    will increase each year as the climatic situation becomes more unstable.
    If we have drought or floods or storm damage or whatever affecting major
    food producing areas in the same year,we are in trouble. Humans need a regular intake of food. We are not pythons. We can’t go on a fast for three months until the next crop matures.

  • Apneaman Says:
    April 2nd, 2016 at 9:07 pm

    “Elroy, atheist USSR, wasn’t exactly ecologically friendly. More like a horror show. Maybe it’s just what we are and it could be no other way? See any of the other creatures, our relatives, worrying about their footprints?”

    I think this just further illustrates that Christianity is secondary as a problem to capitalism, something which would be obvious given the scale of ecocide in countries which are NOT christian, be it Japan, India, Pakistan, Israel, or countries which have firm anti clerical official stances as part of their recent history, including still China (which furthermore was never Christian either). And, capitalism is NOT an idea. It is a mode of production, a way of vein which involves the way people relate to social resources, which was implemented centuries before anyone theorized it and shaped it as an idea. Social resources are viewed as capital, meaning that they are regarded as the equivalents of sums of money, to be used in order to create an even larger sum of money. Capitalism is a society in which capital is the dominant social relation, the one which shapes all social activity and social organization.

  • I should have stated that my remarks above referred to the Catholic Church in the Philippines. It’s control over government policy is less in most other countries.

  • Capitalism And Religion
    ———————–

    I always tell young people, “Never have kids.”

    People believe in 2 things

    Money and God, both are not real, we just made them up

    And if anyone has a more massive ego than me, then let me at them!

  • David Icke goes on a Killary rant saying, “I would say Hillary is evil, but I’m afraid of being sued for defamation of character by evil.”

  • As the Great Barrier Reef undergoes the most sever bleaching event in history, Australia just approved $21 Billion in new coal leases to be developed by an India lead consortium.

    Brilliant!

    I better start recycling …

  • Commies never had a chance. Since they, like the Spanish Anarchists, were under total assault from all sides from the very inception. Lenin was called a bacteria by Churchill. Everybody who’s still getting a capitalist paycheck knows that redbaiting and commie hating will never not get remunerated until the capitlaist system dies a horrible ugly painful death that it so richly deserves.

    That said, I still believe in solutions. Being that all the carbon burning stops tonight. Zeroed out. But you know, energy and access to energy and how much energy you can burn are the keys to getting rich, getting laid, getting married, getting kids, and getting the materialistic reactionary old ladies down at the market and at church Not to yammer on about how bad you smell and how much you look like a hippie. Lest you get locked in the slammer. Or, if you really want to stop burning carbon – levitating the Pentagon and then having it jet off into the center of a black hole or something. Good luck there.

    We know exactly how many red blooded well armed melanin free Amerikans with small johnson issues are going to let you stop reifying capitalism and get away with taking away their teevee and their mythologies.
    ___
    I always get nervous and highly annoyed when my lily white brethren and cisterns start yammering on about “tooo many peoples”. Since, you know, it wasn’t the Innuit who practiced wholesale multi million strong genocide on 4 entire continents. Wasn’t the Kung who burned 6 million witches – mostly women – so the hyper alienated vengeful male dominator world destroyer suicide cult would consume the planet.

    So, after reading Vanegim’s Revolution of Everyday Life, I used to think that the hyper-alienation would be the go to hook for organizing all of humanity in opposition to capitalism, and offer a way out.

    But I kind of get the feeling that the psychological level of the con was too good, and the marks were a little too willing to get played. Especially if they got teevee and video games. And racism.

    So yes, if the carbon were to stop tonight I would have hope.
    (Per Burroughs: Only those who can leave behind everything they have ever believed in can hope to escape.) But everybody sort of knows that the machine will grind on. Until one day the mutated irradiated children of tardigrades and roaches with wander the hulks of empty human cities in the desert.

  • david higham

    Reading your comments about David Graeber I find myself agreeing with you in part.

    I feel Graeber keeps to the track of what is going on in sociopolitical terms, with historical context.
    I think the bigger picture for him is just that the present system is broken, but I agree he does not step into the global climate of landscape nightmare.
    Perhaps he sticks to his subject area, and just lets the rest tick on.

    I like his views generally because he points out that historically leaders were aware they were vulnerable, but with the storage of debt records now digital, and on insulated servers in bunkers, it is unlikely the tablets will ever be ‘smashed’ as the collapse comes.

    Debts will be reasserted when new structures arise, or be used as leverage to continue to invoke slavery.

    Graeber simply shows how absurd the debt-world is.
    He like Caldicott has not gone the full Monty yet either.

    Cheers

  • More carbon fuel coming online…

    ‘Adani’s Galilee Basin project mine leases approved’

    http://www.smh.com.au/business/mining-and-resources/adanis-galilee-basin-project-mine-leases-approved-20160403-gnx016.html

    “The Galilee Basin project is now one step closer after the state government announced approval of three Adani mining leases.
    Minister for Natural Resources and Mines Anthony Lynham approved the grant of three individual mining leases for the $21.7 billion Carmichael coal, mine and rail project on Sunday.”

    More is better…not.

  • Valhala Says:
    April 2nd, 2016 at 10:48 pm

    “Guy you have had some pretty goofy guests on your show, from Conspiratards, to hippie women living in converted school bus who were much less Scientifically and realistically astute then Dr Caldicott.
    I really do not get your disagreement with her.”

    She continues to sell the illusion that the present capitalist industrial global economic apparatus can be kept going and even growing via power from “alternatives,” and that’s an incredible piece of disinformation to be pushing.

    “Conspiritards”? Are you one of those who believes the official 9/11 myth, of 2 airliners knocking down three steel frame hi rises, of an airliner piloted by an amateur doing fighter plane like maneuvers and flying into the Pentagon through a hole smaller than the plane without leaving parts outside, of a fourth plane crashing at a site in Pa leaving a big hole in the ground with no debris there, but debris spread out over miles nearby, of “suicide hijackers” who have turned up alive, of cell phone calls which even the FBI admitted were impossible and did not happen,…..? And you are calling other people ___tards? AMAZING?

  • Feed Jake & Anthony – many thanks to both of you.

    Henry HOLT – Keep restoring those beautiful antique windows in Sydney. Hosting GUY in OZ is appreciated by half a world away in Jupiter harbor today. JIMBOT mentioned the key thing I admire most about Helen C. she really protested enough to get others to take action keeping nukes out of New Zealand. On the yellow brick road to extinction, any amount of nuclear power plants people can get decommissioned will make a difference to the future of a less radioactive Earth. Hopefully Earth will evolve and repair after the meltdowns.

    DR. GUY McPHERSON has the public voice to ask each person to make a one time “ten minute” effort to directly write or call their local reps to make any sort of complaint or concern about nuclear dangers.

    A tiny bit of action does add up in political offices. In the past years received virtually no concern from anyone about nuclear power, even when we asked for e-mails & calls. Heck, write me directly and I will forward it to the http://www.nnsa.gov (markjaustin2016@gmail) But it really counts if you call & write directly. Half of the NRC is very much in favor of expanding nuclear energy. Only the Non-proliferation “Consequence Management” team portion of the NRC cares about reductions. If the public suddenly began contacting my former dept I assure you it would get attention up the chain. Talk about chain reactions…voices rather than an actual accident would make simple sense.

    It is total & complete BS that decommissioning need to take more than just 5 years. Crystal River Tampa is an example. Around the world spent fuel rods are removed from nuclear plants. Removing rods for decommissioning takes no longer than normal spent fuel removal. Then about five years for cooling, cask & containment. The part that matters most *rod removal process* is always happening at some plant each month during temporary safety shutdowns.

    For the sake of thousands of years for other species, DR. GUY McPHERSON could add this truth to his NTE message. Or anyone who wants to be the single most important person to the future of all life beyond humans then please do call me (954) 483-0060

    Millions of dollars and resources & a global network of agencies are willing to support you if you care to be the one to explain the common sense reasons total decommissioning can start now. The most critical phase has always only taken 5 years to cask & containment. Beyond that there are hundreds more problems, including waste storage & U mining industry…but those are no excuse not to try to stop the process now. Germany is already on track. It can be done if one leader like Guy can use his warning to include a real clean-up effort prior to the Arctic methane meltdown and other impact events.

  • Doomy haiku by a master:

    Dead my old fine hopes
    and dry my dreaming, but still…
    iris, blue each spring.
    -Shushiki

  • @18,000 days

    Sorry for the delayed response from the last thread, I’ve been out of town for a couple of days.

    If I’m not mistaken, Guy has repeatedly stated most to all of life will be extinct around 2030. Did he not just appear on national television making that claim? While he may now be attempting to distance himself from what he once said, his entire reputation, where it concerns abrupt climate change is solely because of that date, is it not? ‘Hopium’ aside, I’m not aware of anything else, other than compiling other’s research in “his” climate summery that would separate him from others, except the use of Light’s date for NTE

    Brinksmanship implies a form of agency, and I believe the date of 2030 rules out any form of human agency, which is why I consider Guy’s calls to action to be foolish if he is first detailing unactionable phenomena. (I for one believe human agency to be only an illusion).

    I personally no longer believe Guy has a clue as to what he is doing, or even what he is saying given how prone he is to dramatically changing his perspective, but then again, I don’t believe anyone has a clue.

    His bizarre response to me has been that I haven’t provided evidence that he hasn’t provided any valid evidence to back up such a specific date. Well of course I haven’t, because there isn’t any, which is the point I’m making, again showing his inability to honestly respond to critics.

    As to what his motivation is, who knows, I don’t even think he does. He made a big splash by using Light’s work and now disingenuously claims otherwise. He previously made a name for himself by “walking away from empire” which he now regrets. Again, he no longer even supports living simply; forgive me if I have a problem with that.

    Since Guy only has a track record of being wrong, I would not look to him as a reliable source as to the timing of anything. In fact, I wouldn’t look to anyone and that’s really at the heart of my criticism of Guy; no one knows.

    And none of this squabbling has anything to do with the real and present catastrophe of abrupt climate change, or the growing lists of climatic feedbacks, it’s just that one of the many problems I have with Guy is that he is trying so hard to make a name for himself because it. He seems to be hypocritically holding onto the very vanity we need to be letting go of.

  • @Henry
    “In nuclear disintegration, the most potent particles — gamma — have the fastest decay rates, and yet are the lightest and most transmissible on the winds of interchange between hemispheres. They need to be injected high into the atmosphere, and carried quickly on winds. Under what scenarios this happens, I leave to you.”

    Gamma radiation is electromagnetic–like really high-energy light photons. They can pass right through most substances, though.

    Best Wishes

  • Daniel, your cluelessness is showing again. Er, still.

    I asked for evidence to support your statements about me. But you have no evidence, because I simply have not written or said what you claim. In fact, for many years I’ve not relied on the citation(s) you claim as my sole source of evidence. You cannot find me using that information, as apparently you know, so you don’t bother to look. But you continue to lie about it.

    Apparently you don’t understand the English language. If you actually bother to watch the television episode to which you’ve referred, you might understand. But probably not.

    If you watch any of my recent presentations — and you can find plenty on this very website — you will quickly conclude you are repeatedly making incorrect statements about my citations. But you’re clearly attached to your lies, so I can’t imagine you’ll bother. Notice there is no prediction in my prior sentence (that’s a clue).

  • @ Daniel –

    Dr. McPherson has tabulated at least 63 scientifically backed (most peer reviewed) self-reinforcing feedback loops that are real, inter-connected and accelerating. Have you read them, or watched one of his videos?

    The proof is happening – 900 year old drought around the Mediterranean, lack of food driven riots in the Philippines, 1 of 5 humans on the planet rely on the Ganges River for life and as the Himalayan glaciers evaporate, the river may disappear.

    You are likely a Northern Hemisphere based white male – used to your fast food, air conditioning, running water, SUV, and many other creature comforts.

    Your arguments are non-fact based and pointless.

    It will be interesting to see how it unfolds – climate change denier and fossil fuel Company Executives to face public humiliation – or worse? Just watch the Ted Cruz video of his senate hearings in Dec 2015 – alarming and frihtening – “climate change happens because of God”.

    The entire system is so fragile and tight(global food, water, energy systems) and yet 200,000 new humans arrive on the planet daily.

  • whoknows Says:
    April 2nd, 2016 at 7:59 pm

    @Dredd

    The Washington Post reports that ExxonMobil has a far saner view of global warming than the national Republican party.

    The paper’s centrist editorial page editor, drops this bombshell:

    With no government action, Exxon experts told us during a visit to The Post last week, average temperatures are likely to rise by a catastrophic (my word, not theirs) 5 degrees Celsius, with rises of 6, 7 or even more quite possible.
    =============================================
    The big story is how long they have known it, and how long they have covered it up with deceit financed with more money than can be imagined.

    Deliberate cold-blooded murder of a planet is their thing (Oil-Qaeda & MOMCOM Conspire To Commit Depraved-Heart Murder – 4).

    Main thing for us all is: don’t blane the victims, and don’t let the perps go unpunished.

  • Native American tribes mobilize against proposed North Dakota oil pipeline

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/apr/01/native-american-north-dakota-oil-pipeline-protest

    About 200 people rode on horseback to protest against pipeline that encroaches on tribal lands and could pollute Missouri river: ‘We’re looking out for all people’

    ‘Without water there is no life, and this is our main source.’

    The invisible catastrophe: How 97,000 metric tons of methane quietly leaked into the California sky – ‘It just looks like a beautiful sunset’

    http://www.desdemonadespair.net/2016/04/the-invisible-catastrophe-how-97000.html

    thanks for listening

    Zenstep – Shadowlab

  • The hits just keep coming …

    Is India facing its worst-ever water crisis?

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-35888535

    “The three-month-long summer is barely weeks away but water availability in India’s 91 reservoirs is at its lowest in a decade, with stocks at a paltry 29% of their total storage capacity, according to the Central Water Commission. Some 85% of the country’s drinking water comes from aquifers, but their levels are falling, according to WaterAid.”

    “We are being told that water levels in the Ganges have declined by a fourth. Being located on the banks of one of the world’s largest rivers, we never thought we would face a scarcity of water.

    “The unthinkable is happening.”

  • @Tom

    Interesting post on Lake Mead, thanks!

    Question

    If the water level drops below 950 and no electricity is being generated, why would Las Vegas, or anyone else need any water?

    Won’t the city shut down without electricity? No AC, no lights, no refrigeration, no banking, no grocery stores, no gasoline, no security systems/police … Total Chaos


  • I just can’t get rid of the impression, that there are some decadent folks out there, who want to see all humankind croak as soon as possible. Sort of extended suicide, you know 🙂 Yoh, I do understand these kinda folks, life is hard, life is tough, life is injust(?). But still:

    There are kids out there who never tasted the sweet-soar wine of life and death, who never had seen what we old hobgoblins have seen, all the dephts, all the heights. Life STILL wants to be lived, LIFE gives a shit about these suicidal folks.

    Even suicide is a movement of life, a search for a better realm, may it be silent, still, dead, it is STILL TRY TO ESCAPE. These folks got stuck between life and death, they aren’t strong enough, to end their life with their very own hand, so they pray for extinction of complete humankind instead. Yes, I do understand that. But nevertheless, these folks are fuckin egotists, their mouths are full of dead-talking, but they never realized the real reality of Death. Death is my teacher, he teached me how to die. But beyond that, he teaches how to live.


  • I have always ‘had a problem’ with forecasts for a very early end to the human species, and around three years ago, (I think; I have lost track of time) suggested it was too early to be discussing NTHE, particularly since the bulk of the populace of western nations does not even acknowledge the unsustainability of present energetic-financial-economic arrangements, let alone the need to consider ecology.

    One of my main objections to early NTHE forecasts was the huge thermal capacity of the oceans and the humungous amount of energy needed to melt the ice sheets on Antarctica and Greenland and glaciers of Norway etc. In previous extinction events deep ocean warming and melting occurred over thousands of years.

    The unprecedented rate of change of atmospheric chemistry suggests much faster warming than occurred in previous extinction events, but nevertheless the rate of average temperature change in the Southern Hemisphere suggests that no habitat for humans by 2030 is extremely unlikely. Even no habitat for humans by 2040 looks unlikely at this point. After all, people have taken species from cool and temperate lands and established them in much warmer location, and the species rapidly reached plague proportions: rabbits in Australia is a good example.

    I have no doubt in my mind that a massive population crash will occur. But even that is not panning out quite as expected:

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-04-02/great-global-weight-gain-world-has-too-much-food

    Almost everything I see and read suggests industrial humans will use their ingenuity to keep extracting fossil fuels and burning them in order to keep present arrangements going as long as possible, thereby exacerbating future climate-related catastrophes and sea level rise etc.


  • I don’t say and I never said “Fuckin humankind shall croak!”, but instead I say:

    FUCKIN EMPIRE SHALL CROAK !

    Go, figure the difference.

  • @ Robert Thankyoufornotbreeding Atack

  • Guy,

    I believe I’ve been very explicit is calling you out for using Light’s date of 2031, and that you were foolish for doing so.

    So, let me get this straight, you’re now saying you haven’t used that date in years?

    So, you’re saying that if anyone here goes back through the archives, no one will find you referencing that or a similar date?

    You’re saying, that there isn’t a soul here, who has watched and listened to you for years now, who hasn’t heard you reference that date?

    You’re actually saying that?

    Wow!

    So, when Bill Nye asks you point blank, “so how long do we have” @ the 29.17 min mark, you didn’t just say: “ I can’t imagine there will be a human being on the planet by 2030”.

    Here’s the link, watch it for yourself.

    And you say I’m lying about you?

  • Daniel writes:

    So, let me get this straight, you’re now saying you haven’t used that date in years?

    So, you’re saying that if anyone here goes back through the archives, no one will find you referencing that or a similar date?

    You’re saying, that there isn’t a soul here, who has watched and listened to you for years now, who hasn’t heard you reference that date?

    You’re actually saying that?

    Yes, repeatedly. And you can’t find a single example because it’s not there. So you bully and bluster instead.

    I know what I said to Nye. That’s not a prediction. You’re still lying. Or perhaps your grasp of the English language is limited. But I suspect the former.

    Bluster away. Again. With no evidence, as usual.

  • @Tommylee

    Thanks for your note

    You are correct – no electricity in Las Vegas, means no Las Vegas

    If it was getting close, I suppose they could shift power from other parts of the “Grid”.

  • @Daniel – what is your point?

    Dr. McPherson has been crystal clear in communicating the facts, his analysis and the recommendations of his efforts.

    Daniel, have you read ANY of the 65 self-reinforcing feedback loops – or other parts of the NBL website? Have you listened to any of the weekly podcasts that frequently provide a weekly climate update? Have you viewed any of the many lectures that exist?

    @Dr. McPherson – you have MANY more supporters who read and occasionally post on your site. Thank you for what you do.