Mar 252015
 

(I wrote this article in November 25th, 2012 – and like many of my past articles which are still valid today, believe it would be good to occasionally republish them) – Admin.

Survival Acres Blog – What is it?

The point and purpose of this blog, unlike any other “preparedness” blog or website, has been to help inform readers to some of the factual, serious issues facing humanity. Over the years, I’ve taken the time to cover a lot of topics, avoiding a few on purpose and focusing on others that I’ve come to accept as urgent and important.

What Survivalism Really Means TodayIn particular, this blog has focused on the impacts of climate change and just how serious this topic really is. No other preparedness blog does this.

This blog is not a “survivalist” blog like any other, whose bread and staple of many (not all) is to promote endless conspiracy theories and a cornucopia of sidebar advertisements to buy “preparedness” products.

I have never found any of this information on such blogs particularly useful as they have little relevancy to real life or a situation in which I would find myself. And I’m already well-versed in what I would do if I did. Continue reading “Reboot: Survival Acres Blog – What is it?” »

 Posted by at 8:44 pm
Mar 152015
 

A new giant-sized, 1 kilometer-wide crater is being reported in the Yakutia region of Siberia. I’ve not seen the pictures yet but will soon.

This is one of the smaller ones:

crater

If true (and it probably is, since it was first reported by the Oil and Gas Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences), this is more evidence of destabilized methane in thawing permafrosts.

Over 20 craters have now been reported with more being discovered. It’s a sobering thought and the topic title of “expiration date” does come to mind.This site contains daily updates on temperature anomalies occurring throughout the world, Climate Reanalyzer.

By paying close attention to these and other world shattering events, you just might get the picture that something is not right in the world.

The Category 5 hurricane that just struck Vaanatu was very bad – “Aid workers arriving in Vanuatu witness ‘apocalyptic’ destruction – ‘This is likely to be one of the worst disasters ever seen in the Pacific’ – ‘Effectively the whole country is flattened’.

For a long time, I thought we might have until around the year 2100 to cope with escalating disasters and mitigation efforts. But as time went on, I realized that none of the data actually supports this position. Then I thought that 2050 was much more accurate, but that adaption was not possible.

But now I don’t view this as being accurate either. There are too many big events now occurring that dispel mitigation or adaption – and we do not have the time left that we think. Already the Arctic sea ice is at the lowest ever for this time of year and by summer / fall 2015 we may actually no sea ice at all.  Also note (in the link) the very strong winds already breaking up the ice. Scientists are very worried about this because of ocean warming and the albedo effect will cause even more temperature acceleration. Clathrate destabilization has already been occurring – and all this will lead to even more. So when they start finding kilometer-wide blowout holes in Siberia – well, not that hard to figure out.

Our expiration date is nigh upon us.

It’s hard to envision what this will be like. It’s also hard to know that the hopes and dreams of all of mankind – throughout all of our entire history – are going to be dashed to pieces, never to return. We all grow up learning to embrace the future. But when a future, any future, is no longer possible, what then? Despair sets in. Depression. Even suicidal thoughts.  However…

The future hasn’t occurred yet. Something we ought not to never forget.

Therefore, we should still try. Humankind has never before experienced what is now unfolding. And despite how it ‘looks’ to us who are paying very close attention, we owe it to ourselves, our children and all of the possible ‘futures’ that could exist, to try. Do what we can, when we can and do it right now.

So – I planted my greenhouse – two months early because it’s that warm here. Most of my spring cleanup projects are all done already. I’m already looking ahead towards what I suspect will be a hellish summer and I live in the heavily forested mountains!  I can’t even imaging what it’s going to be like elsewhere. California water reservoirs are severely depleted and winter is “over”, so anyone in these drought-plagued areas would do well to plan too – for severe water shortages and crop losses.

It may not be the future I want, but it is still a future – for now. I’m going to make the best of it with the time and life that I do have.

 Posted by at 8:29 pm
Mar 092015
 

For those few of you that actually give a damn about this extremely important topic, I strongly suggest you watch this video. Perhaps 2 or 3 times and listen carefully. Five minutes.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8akSfOIsU2Y

If your browser does not support the link above, try this one:

future

The significances of this is this:

a) Virtually ALL of the projections used to date, and shared with industry, government, defense and world leaders contains carbon capture technology provision that does not exist (which literally means the projections are pure “science fiction”).

b) This means that virtually ALL projections everyone has seen to date of “safe levels” or even “survivable levels” are effectively worthless. How worthless? Literally “off the charts” worthless. Temperatures will be MUCH higher then expected and what is being “told” to the public. No lifeforms will survive this. This is not about “too hot” when we speak of no survival. It’s about “no food”, because all plant life / crops will die. Eventually, yes – it will be too hot, but starvation will come long before that.

c) IF by some magic the technology can be developed, funded, supported and deployed, the amount of yearly carbon removal required EXCEEDS all human endeavors to date EVER attempted by mankind. In other words, we’ve never tackled a problem so large or so huge (or so serious), nothing we’ve ever done even comes close. It’s obvious what this means. We lack funding. We lack commitment. We lack the support. We lack the agreement. We lack the will. We lack the technology. We lack EVERYTHING we would need to succeed.

d) Therefore, our chances of “success” (which means “survivable temperatures” where forest, ice, food production and a habitable climate) are virtually nil. Unless you believe in magic and fairy tales.

e) Between now and “then”, temperatures will continue to accelerate – “By 2020, warming rates should eclipse historical bounds of the past 1,000 years — and likely at least 2,000 years — and keep rising”, escalating the intensity of storms, floods and droughts, impacting civilization in numerous ways (while the world continues to dither about “is it real” or not). Also read Near-term acceleration in the rate of temperature change.

This doesn’t even mention the escalating methane threat – “the rate of methane expulsion from the subsea Arctic methane hydrates has increased from 2.5 to 5 times.”  (Malcom Light) – which will continue to contribute to the massive rate of acceleration in warming. Update: (Concern Over Catastrophic Methane Release — Overburden, Plumes, Eruptions, and Large Ocean Craters). More here too – Now two NEW large holes appear in Siberia. Nor was  thermal contribution of ocean heating covered. The video only mentions C02 levels and how completely impossible and unrealistic it is to reduce this one greenhouse gas to habitable levels. The impact on food production will be beyond catastrophic. The loss of both forests and ice means just what you might think, absolute devastation.

f) There isn’t as much “time” as everyone has been led to believe. 85% of the Arctic ice has already been lost. And that’s just the Arctic. Significant ice loss is still accelerating in Greenland, Antarctic, Himalayas, Andes and the few remaining glaciers around the world. Oceans temperatures are WAY beyond the norm in both the Pacific and Atlantic. In remote places like Siberia last year, people were swimming and sunbathing in once-icy waters. But in the Eastern United States, the snowfall was extreme while ocean temperatures were as high as 21F above normal. The causes of this is understood and it is all directly related to global warming.

g) I’ve long warned of this planetary emergency, as have many other people FAR more qualified then I am. Now, in 2015 some scientist are realizing the error and what these projections really mean.  But they’re not just projections as in “theory”. It is well understood that the rise in temperatures are unstoppable for many reasons (inertia, climate lag, continued emissions, albedo and more all apply here). The warnings to the world to address this extremely important topic have been ignored for too long – and now it is too late. What comes next is an inevitable as the rising sun.

h) Even a total “shutdown” of civilization would not work, with zero emissions. Aerosols are inhibiting at least 50% of the warming already “there” and would fall out of the sky within weeks, resulting in very rapid warming. Carbon removal AND methane removal AND ice restored AND ocean cooling are at the MINIMUM what would be required to return the climate back to safe levels, which is humanely impossible to achieve. There is no meaningful debate on this point. This would have to be done concurrently, extremely rapidly and not a single one of these is even possible.

i) Therefore (in conclusion), we have no choice but to accept what will unfold. There is no escape plan. There is no known solution.

j) I could easily tell you what this means, but frankly, I’ve already written about it dozens of times.

 

 

 Posted by at 1:45 pm
Mar 072015
 

Here’s an example of the 85% loss of ice in the Arctic.

The erratic Jet Stream now impacting the United States and other regions of the world was “once” the regulator of the climate in Canada and the United States (along with ocean temperatures, now exceeding 21F hotter temperatures off the East Coast).

Arctic Ice Loss Animation

Plenty of people still in major denial about this, but nobody has yet found a way for denial to replace the missing ice or bring the climate back to normal. Maybe if we canned all the useless wind these people are venting we could harness the energy and twirl some turbines or something.

It’s not just the Arctic either:

global ice loss

The ice loss is devastating to the human community and will lead to massive starvation: Continue reading “Arctic Ice Loss – Mass Starvation Ahead” »

 Posted by at 12:18 pm
Mar 052015
 

Climate change denial is an indefensible, morally reprehensible “argument” (it is not an argument, it is a delusional fabrication of a false reality).  Yet climate change it is still one of the most hotly contested topics in America. But not elsewhere, only here. Elsewhere, climate change is widely accepted as being very real.

Factually speaking, there is no reason for this “debate” on climate to even exist. On one side is the staggering body of evidence and scientific research, actual facts, provable, demonstrable and observable, on the other is deceit, deception and misrepresentation.  And a whole lot of money from the energy industry (another “expert” unmasked here). And an inept, irresponsible media presentation, supposedly offering “balance”. There is no balance when facts are simply not reported or routinely denied, there is only distortion and an absence of accountability.

After struggling myself with this topic, I landed squarely on the facts after a lot of research: human-caused climate change is going to destroy our world. Not harm it, not impact it, not cause only disruptions and adjustments, but truly destroy our world. It still remains the greatest threat to humankind that we have ever faced.

For humanity to exist, we require a habitable climate. For the world to exist, for all life forms including the whole of the animal kingdom to exist, they too require a habitable climate. A habitable climate is no longer a guarantee. In fact, it is no longer even likely for much longer.

arctic-heat-spike

A habitable climate means a temperature range where we can grow sufficient levels of food from year to year. Even with food storage, refrigeration and freezing technology, we will still and always require a biologically acceptable temperature range every single growing season. The world cannot even afford one “missed season” of crops without causing a cascading domino of effects worldwide.

Long before the ocean levels rise and swallow up the coastal cities and regions, the normal seasonal pattern of food crops will be long gone. The melting ice of the Arctic, Greenland, Himalayas, Andes and the Antarctic will give rise to ocean levels worldwide and dramatically increased rates of freshwater evaporation causing calamitous precipitation events (floods and snow / ice storms) in some regions and extreme drought in others.

Nothing will be “normal”. Some uninformed people still believe that humans can easily survive a few degrees Celsius rise in temperatures – they’re dead wrong. We can only survive an increase in temperatures as long as our food supplies will survive and last. If we cannot grow sufficient food from season to season in a hotter / drier / wetter world, then we will not survive even if we kept the air-conditioning running. The bottom line of climate change is food and how we will manage to grow it.

It does not and will not happen all at once. It will happen bit by bit, year by year, as inexorable as the rising seas. Nothing will stop this. Nothing will make any of this “go away” or return to normal.

This post however, is about more climate change denial. Climate change denial won’t make this new reality go away. Climate change denial does not replace or even emulate science, research, facts, or evidence. Climate change denial does not replace the 85% of lost ice in the Arctic. Climate change denial only serves the financial interest of certain industries, such as the energy sector and perhaps some real estate venture capitalists.  Many irreputable (and irritating) people such as Alex Jones and Lord Monkton are making tons of money promoting complete lies.  They’re grandstanding on the position that climate change isn’t real, isn’t human caused and is no threat at all. Both of these people are discredited frauds, yet both will continue to deceive thousands of people with their lies and deceptions.

I include hyperlinks in my articles in the hope that they will be read. What they contain is supporting facts, science and data on climate change. Is it real? Of course. The evidence is now quite conclusive and incontrovertible, but denial is still very much a part of the American landscape.

There are many who still hope we can still do something about our habitable future, including me. We HAVE to try, no matter what, no matter the cost. Otherwise, we should just accept it and pretend we’re going to “die with dignity” as some have suggested. But this is yet another delusion. There is nothing dignified in not trying. The whole of human history, since the dawn of our species has been characterized as “trying” despite insurmountable odds. It’s the reason why we are still here. We kept trying.

But even trying is being denied by the denial industry. Denial does not want us to try, or to do anything at all except go back to business as usual. Denial wants us to go on supporting Big Energy and even more planet-destroying activities that are demonstrably ruining our only home. Denial still stands in the way despite all the known facts about our changing climate and what this will mean for us. Despite all the known evidence. Despite the scientific consensus of tens of thousands of world class experts. This is why climate change denial is simply indefensible, it is a morally reprehensible argument that fates the world to defeat (extinction) by complete morons and idiots.

The world should no longer tolerate this position from anyone on the planet. It is not an “opinion” any more, it is a dangerous, ill-begotten delusion with significant and irreversible long-term effects upon the whole of humanity, including virtually ALL possible future generations of mankind. Moreover, it is a crime of staggering proportions to sacrifice the whole of the living biosphere to a indefensible and provably false “belief” with such huge consequences at stake.

A analogy of this denial and its significant harm would be the Islamic State of Islam (ISIS). ISIS is a radical, indefensible belief based upon ill-conceived concepts and ancient mythology. Put into practice as we are seeing today, ISIS is extremely dangerous and harmful to all, even its own adherents. The United State cannot and should not tolerate ISIS, anywhere, period. No country should. It is dangerous, delusional, radical and extreme, causing severe harm and death. It’s not benign. Or benevolent.

However, the harm caused by ISIS is tiny compared to an entire world that is being impacted by the ongoing climate change denial, primarily rooted in the United States in a contingent of anti-science, anti-facts groups. Denial has become another religion among these adherents, rooted in misunderstanding, misrepresentation and ancient beliefs that humans cannot harm the planet. It’s a misguided effort to continue the concepts of Manifest Destiny and man’s preeminence over the planet at any cost, even if it means our extinction.

ISIS assaults its victims daily, while climate change only gradually reveals its true terrifying nature, expressing itself more every season. But in the end, climate change is actually far worse then ISIS, there is in fact, no meaningful comparison between the two, except as a current example of human folly and willfully embraced stupidity, and how a wrong belief system can cause so much harm and devastation. Some humans could (and have) survived under ISIS, but it is a living hell and nothing any reasonable person would accept. Humans cannot survive at all however, without a habitable climate. Extinction of our species, and the death of every living thing is what dangerous climate change really means. In terms of suffering and death, there is simply nothing that can compare to extinction.

The body of evidence that reveals that we have now entered into dangerous climate change is growing larger and larger on a daily basis. This is the real threat to humanity, but it continues to be denied by a vocalized, irresponsible and ignorant minority trying to radicalize its adherents with rabid anti-science and anti-facts dogma versus research and a growing body of knowledge of what the real climate reality actually is.

Like ISIS, they wish to force their beliefs upon the rest of the world while denying reality and fabricating the illusion that no harm is being done by their beliefs. If they had their way, they would take-over and shut down the whole climate change debate completely. Nothing would be done for mitigation, adaption or planning for future climate disruptions. And now the evidence suggests that it’s actually too late.

Many of us know and understand that ISIS is a true enemy of mankind and humanity with its ignorant superstitions and beliefs, but how many of us now understand that climate change denial is ultimately even worse?

 

 Posted by at 9:18 pm
Feb 182015
 

Dahr Jamail, independent, award winning journalist – (watch here on Vimeo).

Between 150 and 200 species are going extinct every single day. We are likely to begin seeing periods of ice-free Arctic by as soon as this coming summer, or the summer of 2016 at the latest. The 14 hottest years on record have all occurred in the last 16 years. August, September, and October of 2014 were each the hottest months ever recorded, respectively, and 2014 is already tied with the hottest year ever recorded. All this and we are only .85C above pre-industrial temperatures. Have we already gone off the climate precipice? What can we expect in the climate disrupted future, and what should we do now?

It’s still t-shirt weather here (mid-day). I’m working outside wondering where all the snow is (ZERO snow here). But Chicago is sub-zero and most of the East is getting pounded by snowstorms.

The cause of these extremes is the extremely erratic jet stream and unbelievably warm water off the East coast (over 21F higher then normal temps). These recordings have been taking place all over the world. It is very evident that the oceans have regulated the temperatures for our survival, but when they’re are “off the charts”, then land dwellers are going to be in big trouble.

It’s extremely obvious to even the most obtuse that our climate has changed. Check out this report from Arctic News. Above freezing in Alaska, and -40 cold headed down to the lower 48. That’s EXTREME. But I suspect that it’s nothing compared to what we’ll see in time.

extreme

Got your food preps in yet?  Yeah, a bit of shameless promotion, but anyone who thinks they’re going to be unaffected by the climate changes is nuts. What will happen when we start having average temps of just 2C warmer? If .85 C has already caused these huge disruptions, 2C or higher (6C is now expected) will be rather huge. It won’t be an issue of “breaking all the records”, it will be an issue of “will anything survive?”.  Experts say nothing will survive, not even us. But between now and then, it will be degrading climate and decreasing survivability. Life will get harder and harder until we simply can’t survive here anymore.

The need to make individual preparations now cannot be more emphasized. I’ve been issuing this warning for years and years, but climate change has been largely ignored by the American public as any kind of threat. This is a huge mistake.

 Posted by at 10:29 am
Feb 102015
 

This post is overdue (by about 20 years).  I’ve never once posted about this topic, but it’s probably time I did. I’m going to link it to my website somewhere since this is so overdue.

This post is about free food.  No, I’m not giving away any free food (sorry). This post is about why free food is unethical.

I get a LOT of requests for free food. Hundreds and hundreds per year. Here is an example I received today:

I am looking and researching long term food storage now and need to see if you send out samples to try. I am looking to buy a year supply for 3 people but need to try it first. Maybe you could tell me how to figure out how much I need and mail me a few samples for myself and my 3 children to try. Thanks and I would love to try this food and get a shelf life list too.

Crystal W.
Dallas, NC

From past experience spanning two decades, it’s clear what Crystal is hoping for, but hasn’t the courage to actually ask outright.

When I receive these requests (which occurs several times per week), I always hesitate. How do I respond?  Our contact page (which was used) already covers this topic, but this is often ignored.

Any reply I write that doesn’t say Yes! Free Food Available Here! How much do you want? doesn’t satisfy, no matter how carefully I might write a reply. The unethical expectation these requests always convey is troublesome and problematic, so here is the detailed explanation of why I find these requests unethical and irresponsible. Continue reading “Free Food!” »

 Posted by at 11:46 pm
Feb 082015
 

Readers of this blog are aware that Survival Acres supports climate change science. Specifically, I am in full agreement that the Earth’s climate is changing and that humans are a major contributor to the causes through greenhouse gas forcing, logging, fracking, industrial and agricultural activity.

The world has been experiencing rapid irreversible climate change at an unprecedented scale and speed in Earth’s history, unleashing huge storms, floods, droughts, sea level rise and gargantuan amounts of ice melt (to say nothing of permafrost loss and methane release). These measurements and effects have taken place all over the world, from the Arctic to the Antarctic and all points between. No region on Earth has been unaffected.

The science continues to point to human causes. This particular point has caused no end of division and disagreement and discussion as the world attempts to grapple with the issue. The vast, vast majority of credible scientists are in agreement that the evidence supports the facts – the Earth’s climate is changing (rapidly), human activity is the current primary cause, and continued activity (the “business as usual” model) will lead to the catastrophic collapse of civilization. Continue reading “Denying the Deniers – Village Idiots Take Note” »

 Posted by at 4:48 pm