Nice presentation of the ‘thousand cuts’ leading to our extinction:
Nice presentation of the ‘thousand cuts’ leading to our extinction:
Can you find the time to watch this? I strongly suggest that everbody on the planet pay attention at this time. This is REALLY important to understand.
What is contained within this video at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (December 6th, 2014) is going to scare the pants off of you.
More bad news (what else?) on climate: Antarctic Ice Melt Triples in One Decade – past the point of “no return”.
Please pay attention and watch this video – ESPECIALLY if you live near sea level and are near the coast!!!
There’s also been a barrage of information that 2014 will definitely be the hottest year ever yet measured, despite no El Nino at all.
And despite the cold in North America – it’s not cold in the Arctic, which is now showing severe temperature anamolies (it’s above freezing). It’s as if the jet stream moved south (it did).
Here’s an example (time stamp: 12/3/14 1:50 pm PST) of what is happening:
Every million tons of carbon released into the atmosphere has been calculated to a 1C rise in surface temperatures. What the article didn’t tell you is this means an increase of 16C or more – totally unsurvivable temperatures for virtually all life forms on Earth.
You can find some of the measurements of carbon released since 1980 here.
The total is 782,544,000,000 tons – not including amounts absorbed and other carbon emitters (soil, biochar, biofuels, etc.) or any of the emissions previous to 1980 (which are significant).
Running the “known numbers” on everything is a bit difficult, but it’s extremely bad when you attempt this (including coal, natural gas, biofuels, etc.).
The National Climatic Data Center at the National Oceanic and Astmospheric Administration (NOAA) has an interactive graph plotting the the temperature variations from 1880 to the present.
It’s very obvious that 2014 will be the hottest year every measured, already ranked at 135 (hottest year ever measured) and that the trend line for the future looks even worse.
This is finally coming out (although far too late): “We have not seen an ice free period in the Arctic Ocean for 2.6 million years. However, we may see it in our lifetime.” Compare a human lifetime to 2.6 million years and you begin to gleam the speed at which this unfolding. Desperate attempts at “adaption” are being posed (pay attention here – many more will be forthcoming), all of which still fail to offer anything but hopium.
Sao Paulo (Brazil), home to 20 million people (the largest city in South America) is out of water and is now considering pumping mud from it’s 3rd and final emergency reserve to avoid the deaths of millions of people.
The denial there by the state’s politicians is astounding (only matched by the stupid Republicans in Amerika). Water conservation was significantly delayed for fear of public backlash (during a (s)Election cycle). More here: Sao Paulo sleepwalking into water crisis
One year of our C02 emissions modeled by a supercomputer:
Between the Ferguson frenzy and the yearly Black Friday madness, Americans are once again, showing their utter stupidity and disrespect. There are no words I can use other then “loathing” to describe what is unfolding in this country. More signs of collapse as our country and its increasingly stupid citizens refuse to take personal responsibility for their own actions.
A growing segment of our population is certifiably bat-shit crazy. Their sense of “entitlement” and irresponsibility for their bad behavior is escalating beyond anything we’ve ever seen before. And I’m not just talking about the poor or disenfranchised or “under-served” (they’re definitely a part of the problem too), I’m also talking about the rich and powerful too, who are actively engaged in creating disparity and injustice while wreaking havoc and profits.
Bets are being taken on the number of “shoppers” who will be killed on Black Friday. There will be no “Black Friday sales” on my websites, I don’t want to be trampled to death – or participate even slightly in the ongoing madness that infects this country.
Connedsumers are actively encouraged by the media to “participate” in the madness as they declare “Shoppers Rejoice”:
Funny how it’s illegal to camp out near a business – but suddenly legal for the brain-dead who think being the first in the door for useless connedsumer crap is worth spending days of their lives on.
An interesting, but disingenuous article on What It Would Really Take to Reverse Climate Change.
I’m no longer astounded by the lack of insight these researchers have. This sort of misguided assumptions and false hopium is being reported everywhere, but they’re dead wrong.
For those who don’t want to wade through the propaganda in the link above, the short to-the-point synopsis:
“So our best-case scenario, which was based on our most optimistic forecasts for renewable energy, would still result in severe climate change, with all its dire consequences: shifting climatic zones, freshwater shortages, eroding coasts, and ocean acidification, among others. Our reckoning showed that reversing the trend would require both radical technological advances in cheap zero-carbon energy, as well as a method of extracting CO2 from the atmosphere and sequestering the carbon.
Those calculations cast our work at Google’s RE<C program in a sobering new light. Suppose for a moment that it had achieved the most extraordinary success possible, and that we had found cheap renewable energy technologies that could gradually replace all the world’s coal plants—a situation roughly equivalent to the energy innovation study’s best-case scenario. Even if that dream had come to pass, it still wouldn’t have solved climate change. This realization was frankly shocking: Not only had RE<C failed to reach its goal of creating energy cheaper than coal, but that goal had not been ambitious enough to reverse climate change.
That realization prompted us to reconsider the economics of energy. What’s needed, we concluded, are reliable zero-carbon energy sources so cheap that the operators of power plants and industrial facilities alike have an economic rationale for switching over soon—say, within the next 40 years.”
Which is utter bullshit (and a total pipe dream – the only zero-carbon energy source is the natural sunlight WITHOUT any technology attempting to harness this., i.e. “just sun light” or photosynthesis).
This is also NOT “what’s needed” because it just another stupid attempt to preserve what we’ve already done (over consume energy). Nor do we do even HAVE 40 years to fix this. By then, massive levels of starvation will have wiped out most of the human population.
The “consume-energy-model” (by any means except direct natural sunlight) is fatally flawed. We need ZERO energy consumption (which also means massive levels of die-off by the way), but this is the ONLY “model” that preserves a habitable future for humanity and the rest of the biosphere.
Virtually ALL other models will continue to drive climate change faster and faster as they exploit more and more resources, driving up greenhouse gas concentrations in the effort (all this activity will still be done through carbon-based emissions).
We are in fact, chasing the tail of the Dragon we have unleashed – while STILL feeding its voracious appetite for energy (and resources) – and this approach will never “undue” what we’ve done.
And all other models will STILL fail to “solve climate change” as noted above.
It is astounding that these facts can be admitted to by these researchers, yet they CONTINUE to advocate “let’s use a better form of energy” mantra – which is provably FALSE and will achieve nothing towards future habitability or our survival as a species (it will make some corporations very rich however, which is the BAU “model”).
Jevon’s Paradox applies to ALL attempts to continue as before (consume energy, even in “cheap” or “alternative” or “sustainable” ways) and what this means for maintaining existing human populations and the corresponding depletion of resources (and the pollution caused, including greenhouse gas contributions).
We are fucked, there is NO escape from what this means. Read the link carefully – they admit that nothing will fix climate change. Die-off WILL happen, on a massive scale as our ability to feed ourselves collapses along with the rest of the biosphere.
THAT is what humanity should be preparing for – the massive depopulation of humans on a global scale. This is so painfully obvious now that it hurts, identified as the likely outcome in countless research efforts. Yet despite all the accumulated knowledge and research going on, it is being deliberately ignored.
I’ve always said that “we’re on our own” here and this still remains as true as ever. There will be no “rescue” from any organization, group, government or magical Sky God. The single, greatest problem facing the species will be STARVATION (which comes first), then and alongside, endless resource wars, conflicts, immigration and competition for what remains. As the biosphere dies (and it will), so will humanity.
Watch and weep, what is depicted here will come to pass because we CATEGORICALLY REFUSE TO ADMIT TO WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE:
I am somewhat loathe to post this message, but due to the escalating panic in America, perhaps it should be shared anyway.
I’m in the storable food industry as most past readers of this blog already know. I’ve been at this nearly 20 years now.
I’ve seen the gigantic rush for storable food that was caused by Y2K. There were so many orders in 1998 (18 months before Y2K), that we shut down and stopped accepting orders, knowing full well we could never fulfill them in time. Our backlog was at least 18 months long.
Every cannery in the entire country was absolutely buried under a mountain of orders. Eventually, we all worked through this and by 2000, our suppliers had gotten pretty much caught up. Backlogs dropped to a few months, then a few weeks.
Then the “lull” came. Y2K was a non-event (but only because billions were spent fixing this). Otherwise, it would have been pretty disruptive.
Hurricane Katrina also caused a 5 month backlog on food orders (AFTER the hurricane struck). This happens EVERY TIME there is a panic of any kind in this country. Even a major ice storm causes a rush.
The United States only has a handful of food canneries, that process and fulfill orders from thousands of sources. I’m one of the “old timers” who is still around. I’ve seen hundreds of sites and companies fail. Some are only in it for the “rush” and disappear shortly afterwards. Others retired or failed. Others just “go away” for whatever reason. Others need to.
So here we are – once again, with another panic. Another “threat”. Another in-your-face reality that is literally scaring the pants off of millions of people. I am currently dealing with another gigantic rush for food orders. The canneries are dealing with this as best they can. Cannery capacity has increased (somewhat), but it’s still always going to be woefully short of demand in times like this.
There is a difference between a major storm event like Katrina, or a “known date event” like Y2K then what is occurring now. Now, everyone, everywhere it at risk. You may not have lived in hurricane country before, but you definitely live in a Ebola world. And that is not going away – ever.
Nobody knows when and how bad this might get. There is no cure. There is no vaccine. There is no treatment other then isolation, and fluids. The death rate is over 70%.
It can strike anyone, anywhere. Public transportation is “iffy” (imo). Contact with other humans is iffy. You do not know what you are risking by shaking hands, or handling a door knob or riding on a bus. Or walking down an aisle where someone has just sneezed.
It Ebola airborne? I do not think so, but it has been demonstrated to be long lived in some situations. Some claim it is airborne, but personally I am not convinced. Not yet.
I did warn everyone years ago that this could happen. A pandemic was always very likely. The world always turns for a “little bit worse”, day by day. The reasons are many, but the root causes and reasons for our ongoing collapse and destruction always remain unresolved.
But we forget. Oh boy, do we ever forget. We do not remember what it was like to have polluted rivers and streams, or when tuberculosis killed millions. In the land of Good and Plenty, we are easily deceived, misled and forgetful.
I’ve found it necessary due to the inability to have these comments be published anywhere else (and many other comments I’ve made), to make another blog entry. So here I am, breaking my preferred silence.
At the core of the Guy McPherson message is “near-term extinction”. He spends a lot of time spreading this particular gospel.
His advocacy is to accept the inevitable. A few scientist believe that climate effects will be so extreme that our survival as a species, and indeed, the whole of the biosphere, will fail. Because of this, we are encouraged to accept the inevitable. He’s partnered up with Carolyn Baker to do this with as much “grace” as possible.
After much study, and as previously published, I find myself in disagreement with the core message that both of these speakers are now advocating. I have an entirely different view of what will happen – what actually is happening – and how humanity will respond.
This blog is now closed (forever). I’ve tried about five other times to write a “closing post” to convey my reasons for closing this blog and why now is finally the right time to do so, but could simply never write the words. There was either too much to say, or too little to say, and it was being influenced by a sense of outrage mixed with mind-numbing grief.
I’ve now reached the point where I can be reasonable about this – at least on the keyboard. So don’t worry – what follows is pretty mild, but I think it is important.
I’ve always known, as any insightful person probably does, that collapse of our civilization would eventually occur. There was never any possibility that humanity could continue on its destructive path indefinitely. Sooner or later, we’d screw things up so badly, so completely, and with such irreversible effects that we would destroy any possible chance for “recovery”. I am convinced – although you may not yet be – that “that” day has now come and it cannot be undone by any means.
The cliff analogy often used really no longer applies. We’ve long since driven right off the cliff – all that remains is the spectacular crash that remains below. At the moment, some of us still hang in the space of empty air (and empty heads), a moment of blissful ignorance and euphoria that complete freedom through ignorance gives. But the rapidly approaching ground below is not to be ignored or denied – no matter what you read or believe. The disaster that awaits us all will be without precedent – and will never be repeated in the history of mankind. But for tens of millions worldwide already – that disaster has already happened and this is why the “cliff” analogy isn’t really applicable anymore. Their “collapse” has already happened.
Like you, I live in the generation that will experience the global collapse that begun many years ago. At some point in time, we’d either over-extend ourselves, or release an uncontrollable technology, or deplete the environment so badly that there could be no chance of survival from these “oops” moments, mistakes that have grown in such size and scale that they utterly dwarf our ability to change them even slightly. The stark warning signs that flashed by at light speed over the years were repeatedly ignored and dismissed – with the end result being we are now facing an irrecoverable disaster that will affect virtually all life forms on earth.
We’ve now committed ourselves to all three, a disastrous triple-whammy of human hubris and indifference, an unstoppable force of sheer stupidity and arrogance. Apparently, nothing can match this “force” – because almost everything has been tried to no avail. We’ve proven beyond all doubt that we are unable to control our population, or our technology, both of which are now wildly out of control, with the results being catastrophic environmental depletion occurring very rapidly on a global scale. There is simply no possibility now for “recovery” as demonstrated below.
So for my children and for the troubling legacy that I have left them, and for their sake alone and none other, I dedicated the past twenty years of my life to learning everything I could about what was unfolding. What I discovered as I learned was worthy of a monumental disclosure, a once-in-a-humankind series of occurring events that pointed to only one inescapable conclusion, the shocking truth of an unfolding global catastrophe leading to only one possible outcome for all of humanity and all life on Earth.
As a father, I am deeply grieved to tears about the fate of my family and how fast we have ruined our only home. I’ve uncovered a stupendous amount of information that speaks loudly and clearly about what will occur, but no matter what the evidence may be, even in the cost of human lives now being extinguished, seemingly nothing could be done to change any of this on any meaningful scale. The willful destruction, the “collective suicide pact” of big industry and big oil and all those billions who embrace this utterly false paradigm continues to this day, accelerating daily, despite every protest and every attempt to slow it down.
The time that remains for humanity is really quite short now, only a few decades at most. Approximately ten years ago, I began a series of publications on this blog and two former forums, which has (now) proven beyond all possible doubt that nothing can or will change our behavior, or the outcome that we now all face. Early on, I focused on civilization, collapse, peak oil, peak energy and issues of freedom, politics and sustainable living. Later as my own awareness increased, I expanded my research and publications to include climate, personal preparedness, tyranny, war and many other topics – all of which are having a terrifying impact upon human lives the world over.
But the “big one” was the future habitability of our home (and only) planet. The planet was (and still is) being rapidly degraded, accelerating the possibility of collapse, even “guaranteeing it”. But it was actually much more then that in the end – what research revealed was something far, far greater then another collapse of civilization (which we might recover from, if that’s all there was). What was revealed through years of study was something else altogether – something humanity has NEVER had to face in our entire history. For 40,000 years, humans have lived on this planet, but at no time like today, did we live under the threat of total extinction from our own hand. But now we do – and it is very clear that we are completely incapable of doing anything about it in time.
I sometimes wonder if the young people of the world have any real awareness of the sheer horror they’ll soon be facing. I rather doubt it. If they knew, or even had a glimmer, there should be a global outrage occurring right now.
What’s more likely, is millions of them are too busy playing computer games and not bothering to be pay close attention to accelerating events that will affect them. I don’t think there is anything more important than grasping what the future now holds for everyone.
The young won’t stay young forever, and when they finally wake up and realize just how utterly and totally screwed they are, what will the reaction be? Uncontrollable rage? Resignation? Disbelief? Despair? Or like many of us now, indifference and continued apathy?
The facts: They’re going to inherit one hell of a mess. The lasting legacy from preceding generations bequeathed upon them all. Not one person will escape this dubious inheritance
Do they really have any idea at all just how utterly and totally fucked they really are? I really doubt it since we see nothing that indicates they are even aware of what lies ahead.
There is virtually zero evidence that human behavior is changing anywhere, or even will or can change. Miniscule efforts at replacing incandescent light bulbs with a fluorescent, or driving 50 mpg cars effectively changes nothing.
Build a new sea wall to stop the rising oceans, or repair a hurricane destroyed city – these are not indications of a change in human behavior at all. They are in effect, the same behavior as before, with the same demands. They do not actually solve anything or address any of root causes to the problems that they’re (still) creating.
You see this everywhere if you can just unplug your mind for a moment. Going to the supermarket, driving to work, support Empire and capitalism by “employment” (slavery) – it’s all the same behavior as before and will all have the same inescapable results.
Why isn’t it obvious yet that if we are still doing exactly the same things we’ve already done – with the full knowledge and awareness of all of the problems and pain this has caused – do we insist on doing the same things still? Don’t we yet realize that an endless repetition of past mistakes achieves the same outcomes? It is foolhardy for any of us to think otherwise.
A lot of people continue to argue that we can change, precisely because we are now being directly impacted by the mistakes of our past. But this is not happening! Instead, there remains an insistence that we continue to do the same things we did in the past – but “better” this time. This is patently STUPID because it refuses to dig deep enough into how deluded we’ve become.
The extreme weather events that are now pounding the planet are “supposed” to be our wake-up call and change our behavior, but once again, this is NOT changing our behavior – and never, ever will. Just the opposite is true – extreme events are increasing our activity and efforts to preserve and maintain all that we have, not decrease it.
I just watched a documentary on Australia opal mining. The temperatures are extreme, its 130 degrees on the surface. So instead of not mining (which is really the only thing that makes any sense) – they moved their homes into the tunnels they carved – so they can continue mining. This only works (for now) because of the massive levels of fossil fuel inputs, but once that’s gone, they’re destined to be toast.
This is probably one of the best examples of the future now unfolding that I can portray. It won’t matter how hot or how dry it is, or how much rain, or how “bad” the storms get, or even what is still left for humans to eat. Humans will do everything they can to continue to exploit whatever they can, as long as they can, in a desperate bid to survive – while STILL refusing to change.
There is evidence throughout the whole Earth of this type of mentality. Preservation and “advancement” of civilization and society is the only thing being tried. Because this repeats the same mistakes of the past (connedsumption, exploitation, resource depletion and pollution), this can’t work indefinitely in a finite, faltering world.
Choking down jellyfish burgers or eating algae from a toxic sea is strangely considered preferable to preserving the oceans and sustainable fish stocks. Companies who plunder the world’s oceans are always seeking to make stupendous profit at virtually any cost, and to take advantage of the dwindling resources around them.
The unbelievably stupid paradigm of “endless growth” and incessant global connedsumption is destroying everything. There can be NO OTHER CONCLUSION ANYMORE.
This behavior is the core component in the global destruction and collapse of the entire biosphere, multiplied 7 billion times and counting.
Repeated all over the entire planet, in every society, every town, every village, every city, the “goal” is still “growth” at any cost, even though we have more than enough evidence that this is planetary suicide.
Adaption, as the word is being widely used today, means “find ways to survive” the escalating disasters we’ve caused, by exploiting the environment and the resources even more than before. It never means do less or stop growth. It never means control population growth. It never means adapt and live differently with fewer demands. Yet this “adaption myth” keeps coming up in science and policy proposals and papers. The argument that “we can change” is a cover term that means “we’ll find another way to do what we’ve always done“, which is to continue to over-exploit the environment as long as we possibly can.
Many people claim that we will change when things get bad enough and force our hand. This does not make any sense. If we can’t do it now when it should be relatively easy, we can’t do it when there’s nothing left. How do you adapt to nothing? Adaption can only occur when there is something still left that makes it possible.
The kind of adaption they’re talking about isn’t really adaption at all – it really means what I shared earlier – find another way to continue exploitation and growth. There can only be one possible outcome for this, and that is exactly the situation we face now.
We won’t change because in reality, we don’t want to. And if we did somehow manage to change after things got really bad – what would that accomplish? Nothing at all, as it would be far, far, too late to have any effect.
I’ve reviewed a bunch of documentaries on the real state of the world’s oceans, the declining Amazon, the increasing desertification of vast tracts of land and much, much more depicting the environmental conditions of the world. Virtually every documentary screams out the message that “we’re destroying everything” but then always ends on the lie that “we can change” if just try a little harder.
It’s utter nonsense with no basis in facts or reality. The exact opposite is actually true. We are not changing and we never have. Not this civilization. Not this culture and society. Uh uh. All we really do is find something, somewhere or someone else to exploit.
That’s why there’s more and more documentaries being made all the time – with more dire reports than ever before! The proof is absolutely everywhere – the decline, destruction and devastation of the biosphere and species extinction is still accelerating! What more possible proof could anybody actually require to realize we are NOT going to change?
The “humans must change their behavior and activities” mantra is a total myth with virtually no basis in reality or practice. Humans will do what humans have always done – ignore the problem and go on living, seeking every possible advantage over the environment for as long as possible.
This is clearly what we’re doing now – despite escalating news about extreme events and increased public and corporate awareness. None of this awareness has effectively “changed” anything.
Many acts of desperation will be tried (like geo-engineering) and larger tidal barriers and even mining methane hydrates from the sea floor, but none of this represents change. It’s all a desperate bid to continue to do what we’ve always done and that is to exploit everything that there is – even “disaster” – while ignoring the damage we’ve already done under the delusional notion that “we’ll do it better this time!”. This is a grand delusion that permeates every “solution”. And it’s dead wrong.
Extreme climate events will not change behavior at all, they will in point of fact, exacerbate our activities with more construction, more use of fossil fuels, more attempts at providing better resistance in business, farms, homes, cities, more efforts to “preserve us” and our way of life, versus preserve what is left of the environment, or God forbid, stop using technology to destroy the Earth, and stop using fossil fuels altogether.
Climate change will most definitely not change human behavior for “planetary good” even when (not if) it gets REALLY BAD. It will cause humans to increase their energy demands and carbon emissions, not decrease them.
We will all soon hear about the last elephant, the last rhinoceros, and the last lion being hunted down and killed into extinction. The last fish will be eaten. The last honeybee will die. The last of everything we need to sustain life (not just “us”) will be extinguished.
The epitaph of humanity will read to the silent skies –
“They killed everything in order that they might live (excessively)“.
Despite our knowing what caused catastrophic climate change – we will not change, even in the face of self-extinction.
There are a number of examples in our history that proves this point – we WILL cut down the last tree, or harvest the last plant, or eat the last fish, because we’ve done this before. Former civilizations collapsed precisely because of this type of depletion.
Virtually ALL of them collapsed because they wiped out their environment and ignored the warning signs. This has been well documented on this blog for years now. In the past, humans have always been able to migrate away from the ecological destruction caused again and again – but not this time. This time, there is literally no place to go, and now the world is interconnected and dependent like never before.
And just in case that this is not really and painfully obvious – we’re not really trying to solve our problems.
We don’t even intend to in reality. This point is plain as day. It’s politically incorrect and causes no small amount of disagreement. But I have always said, watch what people do, versus what they say.
All we intend to do and all the evidence we’re seeing, is to find ways to continue to exploit whatever is left.
It’s time for some real honesty in the entire scientific community and environmental movement. Their “solutions” are to find new ways to use up even more resources, which is simply no solution at all and never, ever will be.
Some think that once we’ve “suffered enough” then (and only then) change will come (they’re even advocating widespread suffering and death). This is very unlikely because it does NOT reflect what humans do accurately. Humans (in this civilization) are conditioned to demand as much as possible for as long as possible. Even in collapse this expectation does not change.
Areas that have been devastated by storm or disaster don’t change – they immediately attempt to rebuild, restore and resume everything that they had before.
Although this would be the perfect opportunity to foster a change in human behavior and demands upon the environment and natural resources, this doesn’t happen anywhere in the world.
The world’s corporations will continue to be happy to continuing to provide everything for us so that we might live – thus perpetuating the dependency and demands that were previously there. Nothing changes, life goes on under the very same paradigm as before.
Corporations exploit everything that they can, including disaster. They refuse to even acknowledge that we’re running out of resources. They are, just like us, very poorly equipped to adapt their ways and have no intentions to do so.
Real adaption for the world’s corporations and business would mean to abolish them altogether and forever, and that will never happen while there remains a tree to cut down or a resource that can be exploited and sold at profit. Follow the money and you will uncover the horrible truth – that our civilization is designed to destroy.
The change-myth fails to recognize that the changes required are orders of magnitude greater then what we are willing or even able to do now. The little changes oft-suggested do almost nothing and make no meaningful difference at all. The big and essential changes that are so desperately needed now would cause massive business failures and disgruntled populations who would be unhappy and worse (they’d riot).
The culture change that advocated by scientists, policy makers, educators, authors, researchers, etc., is simply not occurring either. It’s really just lip-service and delusion. Their “best” idea is to replace anything that is “lost” with something equally as “good”. This does not represent a meaningful change at all, it’s just business-as-usual and the same tired and destructive paradigm we are saddled with today.
The green wash agenda of environmentalists and “ecologically conscious” people of the 21st century is a complete joke. Go live under a tree in a tipi and I’ll start taking them seriously – otherwise, stop lying to us all about “what can be done” while still dining at the supermarket and eating food transported from 1500 miles away.
The techno-fix “solution” advocated by science is another myth. Technology and its use is an elemental component of what helped destroy the biosphere in the first place, and it will not save us now. It might enable us to go faster, or squeeze more out of whatever remains, but it cannot replace or repair the damage already done.
The gods of technology are not a solution to behavior and demand.
Unfortunately, nobody will find a way to “escape” what lies ahead. Your children cannot escape. Nor will their children. There is virtually no possibility of avoiding any of this now.
I used to go fishing here. Now it’s a theme park for idiots and assholes on ATV’s.
Nobody notices. Nobody cares. Here’s a bit of proof that even in “disaster”, humans will not change – they’d rather find a way to exploit the place.
I could post a million more examples like this from all over the world, documenting and demonstrating that at every single opportunity – humans will exploit whatever remains for their own private and “privileged” use. It’s unbelievably tragic – and indictment of who and what we really are.
It’s hard to fathom that this is happening virtually everywhere – water ways being poisoned by fracking; tar sands being superheated for oil, releasing cancer-causing chemicals thousands of miles away; the very bottom of the oceans being scraped clean of virtually all life; coral reefs dying throughout the world or “harvested” for human use; forests being razed down and replanted (sometimes) in monoculture plantations where not a single bird or animal can survive; entire mountain tops being blasted into oblivion with polluted creeks and toxic slurry building up by the billions of gallons – the list of our crimes on life and the biosphere is virtually endless now – but nobody cares or even notices.
In just a few hundred years we’ve managed to destroy the very fabric of life that has kept humans alive for hundreds of thousands of years.
I expect massive crop losses in the months ahead. But even this won’t be a siren-call for humanity. Instead, we’ll find a way to exploit the Arctic for “new energy reserves”, increasing our carbon emissions and killing everything up there that we can lay our hands on. Watch and see.
I’ve just reviewed a huge number of posts on this blog and virtually everything I’ve warned about is coming true. We are viciously destroying everything we need to stay alive – and we WILL collapse because of this staggering indifference.
We’re so married to the notion of progress, growth and advancement that even when facing disaster and total destruction, we can’t give any of this up.
We’d rather keep “trying”, sacrificing whatever remains of the biosphere, desperately trying to “prove” we can still have it all while refusing to admit to the real problem.
This is tragically stupid.