71 Dead, Over 1,000 People Still Missing

The bad news from Paradise, CA keeps getting worse and worse. CNN reports 71 dead and 1,000 people still missing.

This tragedy is among one of the worst tragedies to befall Americans. Hurricane Katrina killed 1833 people, Hurricane Maria killed 1139 people and both displaced hundreds of thousands. But their something about having an entire town completely wiped out and dozens and dozens having burned to death. Both hurricanes offered people an opportunity to relocate in advance, the Camp Fire did not.

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Where Do You Go When There Is Nothing Left?

The terrible tragedy that has befallen the town and people of Paradise, CA has created an enormous number of climate refugees in the Golden State. The wildfire was heavily influenced by extended drought conditions and was probably unavoidable. It is these kinds of tragedies that I’ve been warning about over the years. Now the deadliest wildfire in the past 100 years, what happened to Paradise bodes ill-warnings for many other parts of the country gripped by drought.

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The Biosphere is Dying

Two articles to share:

Ocean Shock – the planet’s hidden climate change

Humanity has wiped out 60% of animal populations since 1970

These are topics of great importance and significance for the future survivability of the human race, but they’re also going to be broadly ignored. We cannot seem to bring ourselves to address our faults, and those inherent in the civilization we’ve constructed.

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Climate Thoughts

Some thoughts on what humanity is facing as the world continues to warm…

The climate won’t “stabilize” for a very, very long time, far, far past the lifespans of your great, great, great, great, great, great, great… well, you get the idea. Therefore, humanity should be making mitigation and adaption efforts the #1 priority right now, with a focus on food production in a hellish world at the top of a very long list of “to do’s”.

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The Carbon Future

We now, in the year 2018, have a carbon problem of such gargantuan size and severity that it now presents an extinction level threat to most, if not all life on Earth no matter what we now do.

This problem remains totally unsolved. This dilemma facing all of humanity, indeed all of life on Earth is truly monumental. It staggers our ability to imagine the scale, scope and complexity of this threat. We’re still trying to come to grips with what this really means. Numerous past articles have tried to do exactly that – this is yet another attempt.

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What Lies Beneath (all the lies and disinformation)

There is always more in the news on climate. And it is always bad – if you toss out the false claims, invisible technology and false hopium that is usually interjected into these articles.

If you just stick to the known facts, you will quickly realize that we’re still not being told the whole scope of the problem facing humanity. By now, you will probably also realize that this withholding has been deliberate for many, many years.

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Musings About Losing Earth

Ho hum… there has been a lot going on since the last time I bothered to weigh in on climate collapse. Vast swaths of California are still burning, as is my own region, and in British Columbia. The air so thick with smoke here, visibility is down to 100 yards, and the most of the fires are hundreds of miles away. But the real news is the useless discussion going on about a New York Time’s article, “Losing Earth“.

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Great Pacific Garbage Patch Now Larger Than France, Germany and Spain combined

Since nothing has been done about human wastes and pollution, the Pacific Garbage Patch has grown enormously.

Netflix has a video on the plastics industry that reveals the incredible disinterest by plastic manufacturers to stop producing toxic pollution. No amount of global suffering and death will change their minds, or anyone else’s.  And if you think this is hyperbole, then consider this: Amount of Plastics to Triple In World’s Oceans

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Future Fisheries Deception

Global fisheries to be, on average, 20 percent less productive in 2300, study finds

This article contains numerous misrepresentations and omissions.

a) Global fisheries are already down over 50% NOW.
b) A temperature rise of 4C will result in a catastrophic collapse of civilization.
c) A 9.6C increase will literally mean human extinction (long before).
d) The resulting food chain collapse @4C or even 9C will mean massive species extinction of all mammals. It is also extremely unlikely that any fish will survive at the higher temperatures.

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The Land Of Zombies

According to this study, Extreme Weather Can’t Change Climate Change Beliefs, even hurricanes will not change beliefs about climate change.

Those in denial stay in denial, no matters how fast the waters rise.

So this is going to mean what I’ve long suspected. Nothing much will actually get done about climate change, thereby committing the world to absolute, total catastrophe. There will be endless talk and discussion and a little action, but overall, we will refuse to accept reality.

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Catastrophe

I’ve refrained so far from making any comments about the deluge occurring in Texas, but definitely have a few things to say. First off, do the math:

Increased temperatures = increases evaporation = increases precipitation = increases storm activity = floods = some which will be ‘catastrophic’

It’s very simple. I’ve seen a lot of claims that this is NOT due to climate change, which is patently ridiculous. When did Texas EVER experience something like this? Or for that matter – anywhere in the world?

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Worst Fears Realized: 8℃ (14℉) Making Earth Uninhabitable For Humans

A British global investing firm has issued a warning:

If we keep consuming oil and gas at current rates, our planet is on course to experience a rise in global average temperatures of nearly 8℃ (14℉) by the end of the century. This would make Earth basically uninhabitable for humans.

As you could always expect, the article immediately begins to dissemble its own claims. “Cautious optimism” is called for because

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Biggest Dead Zone – Ever

The biggest ever dead zone has just been recorded in the Gulf of Mexico.

Scientists say the oxygen-depleted region is about the size of New Jersey, covering 8,776 square miles (22,720 square kilometers). A dead zone is where there is not enough oxygen to support marine life. The cause is human (fertilizer and effluent runoff).

The nutrients, which get carried down from the river, feed plankton blooms that die and sink. Their resulting decay uses oxygen

Studies based on nitrogen and phosphorus in the Mississippi River had predicted one of the largest dead zones ever. Unwanted record: Biggest ever dead zone in Gulf of Mexico

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Earth May Be The Only Inhabitable Planet Ever Found

For science and technology geeks, this is interesting news – Planet Earth may be the only planet that can harbor life, ever. If this is true, this makes Earth particularly unique and special and will dash the hopes of ever finding organic life forms anywhere else.

The reason is the liquid-water phase that comes from a warm planet. For organic life to exist, a planet must not be too hot or too cold – and it must have liquid water. It was previously thought that this would occur in what is now known as the “Goldilocks zone” where a planet is at just the right distance from a nearby star to warm up and melt water, but it turns out that more then this is required.

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6C- 8°C Temperature Increase Projections For Asia – Exceeding Survivable Wet Bulb Temperatures

A watered-down report for Asia contains this misleading title – “Unabated climate change would reverse the development gains in Asia

Under a business-as-usual scenario, a 6 degree Celsius temperature increase is projected over the Asian landmass by the end of the century. Some countries in the region could experience significantly hotter climates, with temperature increases in Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the northwest part of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) projected to reach 8 degree Celsius, according to the report, titled “A Region at Risk: The Human Dimensions of Climate Change in Asia and the Pacific.

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