Climate Change Will Devastate Civilization

I’ve issued an alert to whoever will find this and take the time to read it: Climate Change Will Devastate Civilization

Every day, I’m trying to digest more and more articles on climate change, sea level rise and environmental collapse. I can’t keep up. It’s usually about 50 – 70 articles a day pouring in. If ever there was a time to start screaming and sounding the alarm bells, it’s right now.

Many of them are not unique in their content and information, but some of them really are and these are the ones I’m paying the most attention to because they reveal breaking news, science and data.

Readers will already know that I’m not requiring any “convincing”, having long ago determined the trajectory of this course civilization has taken. I’m not even focusing on the question of “when” anymore, or at least, not much. I’m much more interested now in what can be done, if anything, to preserve what is left. What I’ve noted from the literature is that there is scant little consideration to this idea. It’s as if it hasn’t even really occurred to enough people, particularly scientist and researchers and especially journalist and authors.

This isn’t surprising however, but it is an indication of just how far ahead of the pack I’m running. Humanity really needs to start focusing on this question as soon as possible. For now, the main focus seems to be on just reporting what’s unfolding. It’s not enough. Massive efforts need to be launched to preserve what is left and reducing what we demand. The “less is more” meme that I’ve long advocated.

Share the link above if you can. We need billions more people taking an interest in their own future – as soon as possible.



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17 thoughts on “Climate Change Will Devastate Civilization

  • February 16, 2017 at 11:54 am

    The boundary is gradually being pushed further and further towards truth and reality by a few people in NZ.

    ‘The sheer scale of the organised malice that has undermined every attempt to limit the damage of global warming is at once profoundly shocking and profoundly disempowering.

    That global capitalism is fully conscious of the planetary harm it is causing, but resolved to go on inflicting that harm regardless, is a realisation so profoundly depressing that hitherto active citizens are robbed of all purpose and resolve.

    It speaks of a civilisation in terminal decline. A world owned and ruled by people who have given up on the future. Humanity finds itself in the hands of a pathologically disassociated global elite. Stupefied by greed and consumed with pride, the ultimate demonstration of the power they refuse to give up will be the irreversible collapse of the fossil-fuelled economic system they have committed so many crimes to preserve……

    Quoting the father of evolutionary theory, Charles Darwin, Rachel ends her column with his observation: “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.”

    • February 16, 2017 at 12:28 pm

      I have no doubt that an all-out war against the Trump Administration and all the other planet destroying monsters that are hell-bent on wiping out the future is overdue and called for, including extreme levels of violence (I am not a pacifist and do not advocate this). But it’s very clear that there are no soldiers in this absent war willing to show up. My own efforts right here strongly indicated a near-total lack of real interest beyond the infotainment being provided.

      We know what is happening and what needs to be done. But we can’t even bring ourselves to talk about it.

  • February 16, 2017 at 12:18 pm

    The modern day version of “Day of the Triffids” is, of course, the zombie apocalypse genre. I’ve been watching “The Walking Dead” tv show for several years now. Civilization is gone, and people band together in groups to survive. But the greatest danger comes not from zombies, but other groups, which promise deceit, theft, murder, slavery and cannibalism.

    In one episode, the protagonists are offered sanctuary by another group, only to be herded into a boxcar in anticipation of being slaughtered and made into human steaks.

    The spinoff series, “Fear The Walking Dead,” takes place in Mexico, and so far deals with religion. Various cults and religious leaders dominate groups, each with their own superstitious interpretation of what’s happened. There was human sacrifice in one episode, as a man offered himself up to be eaten by a zombie hoard just outside the walls of his group’s community. In another, the leader would have people drink poison.

    In the episode I watched last night, a father was assuring his son that the crisis (the zombie apocalypse) was not the end, that things were going to go back to the way they had been. “They’re working on it,” he tells the boy.

    That last one is how people regard climate change. Somewhere there are a bunch of smart guys in lab coats who are “working on it.” Of course, the smart guys will crack the problem and then it’s off to colonize Mars.

    Even very intelligent people adhere to this scenario.

    • February 16, 2017 at 12:33 pm

      They won’t examine the evidence, the effort and the claims being made, so they’re easy prey for the deceptions they embrace.

      Not here. Refuting blindness requires personal effort in a world that chooses to remain pampered and coddled.

      It’s very clear to me that it’s pointless to try for ‘mass-awareness’ which still recruits nothing of substance, and remains as ineffective as ever.

  • February 16, 2017 at 1:01 pm

    That’s the thing right – there’s a universal perception that we’ve always progressed through technology and this is just another technological problem we have to solve. No problem – why worry?

    Then you have a significant part of the population that thinks it’s a liberal hoax, bolstered by the claims of many so-called scientists and politicians who write and speak lies and create written propaganda against the issue.

    Then there is the whole issues of economic dogmas – where climate change is some vast socialist/communist conspiracy of one world government to try and drive people into poverty and take away their freedoms.

    Finally, it is a religious issue as well, with many thinking God’s will be done and whatever happens, happens for a divine reason.

    Again, all of these things either lead to apathy towards or even action against taking actions against the issues of overpopulation and climate change.

    • February 16, 2017 at 1:15 pm

      Here’s another example – doing too little and getting it all dead wrong:

      They’ve grossly underestimated sea level rise, which will be over 9 feet (and continue to rise indefinitely into the future as far as humans are concerned).

      Probably to ‘accomodate’ (pander) to local business interests and existing investments, they’re going to foolishly plan for just a few feet in sea level rise.

      Which is utterly ridiculous and will be a gigantic waste of time, money and effort – but it goes to show just how little the ‘aware’ really are and how to deal with these problems.

      I’ve been to Arcata and the old Samoa Cookhouse, I’ve even fished off the beaches there. Arcata is toast for the most of the area and they need to realize this.

      What frustrates me is how attention and time and money that will finally be spent will be done all wrong in the end. I’ve seen similar stories like this all over the planet. They just refuse to accept the facts that this is unstoppable now and that their planning efforts are pathetically useless.

      UNLESS – they finally get TRULY SERIOUS and allow for worst-case projections and plan accordingly, which in my studied opinion is actually the “least we can now do” (already knowing that even this may not be enough).

      There’s going to be a lot of future job opportunities for coastal planners coming up…

  • February 17, 2017 at 3:48 pm

    I don’t know if this means anything (the message of finally getting through?): three climate articles from three different authors in the past three days on New Zealand’s most progressive blog, all of them saying climate change is a key issue which is not being addressed.

    And comments are devastating for business-as-usual and the powers that be.

    Too Little, Too Late: Rachel Stewart On Climate Change

    Why are the words ‘climate change’ and ‘global warming’ not part of the Christchurch fire?

    The whole world is burning

    • February 17, 2017 at 9:40 pm

      Well… I doubt it. Climate denial is an infectious disease among the illiterate. I’ve seen their inane arguments countless times and they’re still talking about the sun or an ice age or some other such nonsense.

      I suppose you have Republican types over there too. We had big fires here and a really huge drought situation, and they didn’t change their awareness even slightly. Oklahoma (home to snowball lying Senator Inhofe) just exceeded another maximum temperature didn’t really get a big play among the denier idiots (in winter no less, nearly 100 degrees).

      I still believe, but could be wrong, that nothing less then mass deaths will change the resistance to ‘acceptance’, but of course, that also means if true, that’s it’s far, far too late.

      • February 18, 2017 at 11:04 am

        Oh yes, we have ‘Republican types’. The National Party is a loot-and-pollute-the-planet party, purely focused on extracting as much wealth as possible and transferring it into the bank accounts of sociopaths and environmental criminals.

        The present prime minister, Bill English, recently declared that ‘he did not believe the science’ when the Environment Commissioner warned of substantial sea level rise by mid-century that would seriously impact on coastal cities. No surprise there, since Bill English is a professional liar and got to his present position by wheeling, dealing and lying. The Labour Party, previously in government and traditionally the opposition, is suffering an implosion similar to the Democrats in America, as people recognize them to be just the reverse side of the same coin and protectors of status quo.

        When I wrote ‘the message finally getting through’ I was not specific enough; I meant the message was finally getting through to the operators of The Daily Blog (the leading progressive blog in NZ). All departments of government continue to be have like lunatics, and a large portion of the general populace follows suit.

        That said, there is increasing disengagement from politics, and the number of people who vote continually declines as an increasing portion of the populace see politicians as self-serving liars.

        I agree with your sentiment that it will only be when there are numerous LOCAL effects of climate change (climate chaos) that people will wake up.

    • February 19, 2017 at 7:20 pm

      The thing that strikes me is the extreme changes that occur in short time frames. One week it’s terribly hot and dry, and the next it’s cool and wet (horrendous hailstones in the case of NSW). Really bad for a lot of food production.

      The ‘summer without sun’ continues here: overcast and drizzly, followed by a few hours of clear sky, and then back to overcast and drizzly. Thankfully we never get hole-punching-size hailstones here. And don’t want them.

      • February 19, 2017 at 7:38 pm

        We get wind storms. And fires. But this winter has been pretty hard. Just got a ton of rain on top of four feet of snow, so the ice conditions are horrific. Can’t walk four feet without falling down, so you need cleats on your shoes. Where there are walkways, the snow has been trampled down and compressed into ice, with water on top. Even the animals can’t navigate this crap.

        Stayed home today. Worked out. Ate well (healthy), reading tons of articles on climate. The essential ‘connections’ are still absent in 99.99999% of the material I’m seeing. It’s seems as if literally “nothing” will get through, not even when it punches a hole through a windshield.

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