Oct 312005

If you are one of the doubters of climate change, or you are not certain what it is, here are some pointers:

Glaciers worldwide are in full retreat. NASA and the National Snow and Ice Data Centre (NSIDC) estimate that the Arctic icecap will disappear within 60 years.

“The Arctic is a huge heat sink, it helps keep the planet cool, and it also drives our circulation because the heat graded between the poles and the equator is what drives our atmospheric, our ocean circulation. And what we’re doing is we’re changing the heat in the Arctic, and it’s warming up.’

The Siberian permafrost is melting, resulting in the release of huge quantities of methane (a greenhouse gas) into the atmosphere resulting in a

“ecological landslide that is probably irreversible and is undoubtedly connected to climatic warming”

This global climate shift is causing world wide drought conditions., more then doubling the amount of land affected since the 1970’s.

World wide hurricanes are now increasing in ferocity and strength, showing up in areas never before seen in recorded history.

“We conclude that global data indicate a 30-year trend toward more frequent and intense hurricanes”

Already, disruptions in the ocean currents are affecting sea life. The effect is devastating –

“We do salmon surveys every spring and summer,” he said. “Normally, we catch several hundred salmon in the spring. This year we caught eight. And we usually get several thousand fish in the summer. This year, it was 80.”

This isn’t limited to the west coast however, the Gulf Stream which warms western Europe has weakened to less then 1/4 of its former strength.

“Such a change could have a severe impact on Britain, which lies on the same latitude as Siberia and ought to be much colder. The Gulf Stream transports 27,000 times more heat to British shores than all the nation’s power supplies could provide, warming Britain by 5-8C.”

This has also caused the North polar ice thickness to shrink by 46%. The Greenland ice sheet is also rapidly melting, dumping fresh water into the Atlantic, which will also affect the thermohaline. As the sea ice around the world collapses, including in the Antarctic, ocean currents and methane gasses (Siberia permafrost) and methane-hydrates are also released, increasing world wide warming.

What is now occurring has become self-perpetuating cycle. Amazingly, these evidences were recently denied by many scientists, but the now collapsing west Antarctic ice sheet is making many into believers.

Better and more accurate data is showing that the world wide evidences of climate changes are interlinked and are not isolated events. There is now a grave concern that global climate change could flip in as little as three years.

“available evidence suggests that abrupt climate changes are not only possible but likely in the future, potentially with large impacts on ecosystems and societies.”

One of the greatest difficulties in piecing all of these evidences together is predicting how global climate change will affect the worlds human population. It’s possible that some areas will warm up, while others will freeze. What is certain, is that global climate change is a fact and that humans are going to be severely affected by the outcome. We will all probably starve to death before we have to worry about freezing.

There is however, a very terrifying scenario that bears mentioning. There are 400 gigatons of methane locked up in the frozen arctic tundra (yeah, that tundra, the stuff that is now thawing out). Once enough of this tundra thaws and releases it’s methane into the atmosphere, a chain-reaction begins, causing even more methane to be released due to increasing temperatures. This “burb” as it is unaffectionally known, has happened at least twice before with devastating results to the entire planet. Over 94% of all marine life died, and required 20 – 30 million years to recover.

This methane-burp can be triggered by as little as a 10 degree temperature rise, something we are already well on our way to “accomplishing”.

So forget rising sea levels, melting ice caps, more intense storms, more floods, destruction of habitats and the extinction of polar bears. Forget warnings that global warming might turn some of the world’s major agricultural areas into deserts and increase the range of tropical diseases, even though this is the stuff we’re pretty sure will happen.

There is no doubt with the preponderance of evidence now available, the world is undergoing very dramatic changes with serious impacts upon human life. Continued ignorance and belligerence as particularly shown by the United States will only increase the very real risk of further catastrophic changes and impacts. Human caused global warming, or human contributed global warming (if you prefer) is a scientific fact. Much could be done to mitigate these factors, but the Bush Administration seems to be in total denial.

Oct 312005

“You know, if you look at the latest figures on climate change and global warming … they’re terrifying, terrifying,” Charles told CBS’ “60 Minutes” in the interview aired Sunday.

I doubt Prince Charles is himself an expert, but then again, he is in a position to hear from experts, more so then many of us. In any case, this information is disturbing and FINALLY getting some main stream press. More news:

New atlas details alarming damage to Africa’s lakes

The damming of river sources, industrial pollution, deforestation, salt mining and climate change, have put Africa’s lakes — which contain about 30,000 cubic kilometers (7,200 cubic miles) of water, the largest volume of any continent — under increasing pressure from spiraling populations

Climate change is a fact of life, although STILL being vehemently denied by the idiots in Washington. These boneheaded bozos are trying the hardest to run planet Earth into the ground — and doing a right fine job of it too.

Oct 252005

Managing the Produce of the Sea

The idea of managing the sea is a relatively new one, largely because for most of fishing history, the difference between what humans needed and what the ocean could provide was so great that the concept seemed absurd. But overfishing, legal and illegal, and the resulting species depletion is at world-record levels. Wild fish populations of salmon, cod, halibut, tuna, sea bass – to name a few, have been almost entirely exhausted.

Marine species diversity has declined by 10% – 50% in the last half-century, by 2003 there was a 90% depletion in the ocean’s major predators, the table fish we eat. This underscores the real issue of overpopulation and extensive resource depletion. Continue reading »

Oct 232005

Damage to the Amazon rain forest has been greatly under-estimated by 60% – 120%. Secretive selective logging under the forest canopy to hide the evidence has finally been detected by new high resolution satellite imagery.A logger chainsaws a tree in the Amazon rain forest. New satellite images show that “selective logging,” by which prized trees are singled out and felled, poses a far bigger threat to the Earth’s largest tropical forest than previously believed.

Photograph courtesy Gregory P. Asner/Carnegie Institution of Washington.

The damage is extensive, with an area the size of Connecticut being disturbed annually.

The rush to destroy the world’s remaining natural resources of course, doesn’t end there. The few bits of natural prairie remaining in Iowa stands 6 ft. above the surrounding farmed land, graphically representing a unbelievably gigantic soil loss.

Driven by the need for wealth, agriculture, logging and resource extraction are rapidly destroying what little remains.

Plato wrote of his country’s farmlands:

What now remains of the formerly rich land is like the skeleton of a sick man…. Formerly, many of the mountains were arable. The plains that were full of rich soil are now marshes. Hills that were once covered with forests and produced abundant pasture now produce only food for bees. Once the land was enriched by yearly rains, which were not lost, as they are now, by flowing from the bare land into the sea. The soil was deep, it absorbed and kept the water in loamy soil, and the water that soaked into the hills fed springs and running streams everywhere. Now the abandoned shrines at spots where formerly there were springs attest that our description of the land is true.

Yet, modern and ancient warnings of planetary depletion and resource destruction are still being ignored by the world’s citizens centuries later, who captivated by commercialism and materialism, plunder ahead like unkillable zombies from a d-rated horror flick. Continue reading »

Oct 222005

Massive sea-waves pound Trinidad.

“It’s just erratic storm activity. There hasn’t been any major earthquake activity to generate these waves. It’s a bit unusual, but it’s just normal storm activity-it’s normal to have extremes. “

Just erratic storm activity? Kind of like Katrina, Rita and Wilma? Seems like it’s been a season of erratic storm activity to me. Except it’s not erratic. These are all evidences of a global climate shift.

Oct 212005

There is a tendency among doomers, to report only certain news and information. Actually, this tendency is held by pretty much everybody. The MSM (main stream media) has long been known to pick and choose its stories. This is true for every news service.

But doomers, those who are watching and chronicling the collapse of society and the world are equally guilty – and it is those that I want to concentrate on here. You’ll run across this on some blogs and websites ‘it’s been a slow day’, or ‘nothing to report’ or “awfully quiet lately” or “the calm before the storm”. Hah! All across the world is plenty of news and worthy information to share (events), but it doesn’t meet the doomerosity level for one reason or another. I am guilty of this too. Continue reading »

Oct 172005

There are some very disturbing facts regarding the US prison system that you should know about. I’m commenting on this because the question of Peak Oil and slavery came up over on the Peak Oil forum.

What is the liklihood that convicted criminals could be forced into slavery as Peak Oil creates more economic problems?

I stumbled acrossed these facts regarding the US prison system:

  • The United States houses 2 million inmates in state, federal and private prisons.
  • This is 500,000 more than China, a population five times larger than the U.S.
  • The United States holds 25% of the world???s prison population, but only 5% of the world???s people.
  • In 1972, there were 300,000 inmates, in 1990 1 million. In 2000, 2 million.
  • In 1995, there were 5 private prisons. Today, 100.

The entire system is a vast slave labor gulag, and is one of the fastest-growing industries in the United States. They produce

100% of all military helmets, ammunition belts, bullet-proof vests, ID tags, shirts, pants, tents, bags, and canteens. Along with war supplies, prison workers supply 98% of the entire market for equipment assembly services; 93% of paints and paintbrushes; 92% of stove assembly; 46% of body armor; 36% of home appliances; 30% of headphones/microphones/speakers; and 21% of office furniture. Airplane parts, medical supplies, and much more: prisoners are even raising seeing-eye dogs for blind people.

And that is the short list. But it answers the question whether or not Peak Oil and slavery are interrelated. War is about profits and resources (oil) – to make war, you need a large labor pool to provide for the necessary supplies for war. The US prison system was already geared up to make those supplies. Continue reading »

Oct 152005

The first post on Domesticated Man contained a extensive (but incomplete!) list of social ills plaguing modern man. These are the horrific social side effects of our application of civilization, which is really an abomination to natural living, health, happiness and contentment.

Unless of course, you like being stressed, amped up, in debt, obsessed with material possessions and told what to do with every waking, breathing moment of your life. Continue reading »

Oct 152005

The utterly stupid and ridiculous War on Drugs captures another victim. This one is on a gurney. It’s stories like this that make me sick. Our government is so busy running everybody else’s life, they can’t manage their own affairs.

Looks like Canada is helping Uncle Sam too. If you were a rat, then you’d be considered smarter.