This is a mirror of the warnings I have been issuing on this blog for at least the past year. The data used by scientists to measure the rate and speed of climate change is pouring forth so fast, that they have been unable to keep up. Worse and as predicted, they are off by orders of magnitude on how fast climate change will affect the planet and all human life.
QUEBEC — The Arctic Ocean could be free of ice in the summer as soon as 2010 or 2015 — something that hasn’t happened for more than a million years, according to a leading polar researcher.
Louis Fortier, scientific director of ArcticNet, a Canadian research network, said the sea ice is melting faster than predicted by models created by international teams of scientists, such as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
They had forecast the Arctic Ocean could be free of summer ice as early as 2050. But Fortier told an international conference on defence and security in Quebec City yesterday that the worst-case scenarios are becoming reality.
“The frightening models we didn’t even dare to talk about before are now proving to be true,” Fortier told CanWest News Service, referring to computer models that take into account the thinning of the sea ice and the warming from the albedo effect — the Earth is absorbing more energy as the sea ice melts.
According to these models, there will be no sea ice left in the summer in the Arctic Ocean somewhere between 2010 and 2015.
“And it’s probably going to happen even faster than that,” said Fortier, who leads an international team of researchers in the Arctic looking for clues to climate change. Arctic Ocean Ice Free By 2010
There’s a lot more news pouring forth:
But even as the IPCC was working toward its conclusions over the past several years, a steady stream of even more alarming data has come in.
“The IPCC is a five-year process and the IPCC is struggling to keep up with the data – we are all being inundated with new evidence and new science,” said Hans Verolme, director of the Global Climate Change Program at the conservation organization WWF.
“And the new science is saying: ‘You thought it was bad? No it’s worse.’ ”
The IPCC chairman, Rajendra Pachauri, an engineer and economist from India, acknowledged the new trajectory. “If there’s no action before 2012, that’s too late,” Pachauri said. “What we do in the next two to three years will determine our future. This is the defining moment.” Alarming UN Report On Climate Change Too Rosy
But even this is still wrong. There is nothing we can do in the next 2 – 3 years that will stop climate change, something has taken hundreds of years of human-caused activity, and especially now, when human activity is at a planetary historical high.
Even more specifically, there is nothing we will do that will make any difference at all. The United States for example, is still in the “debate and deny” mode, effectively ensuring that the rest of the major greenhouse gas contributers in the world will refuse to do anything else either.
We’re toast, literally and figuratively. Our planet will heat up faster then predicted and ultimately cause the deaths of billions and billions of humans. Let’s quit pretending that we’re concerned about the “30% of all species” being slated for extinction (a woefully erroneous number), because most people simply don’t care anyway. Let’s give them something that they just might care about — themselves.
I’m still receiving email from people who absolutely refuse to believe that climate change is happening. To them, it’s the “new religion” of the “Green Earth” movement, an attempt to control all the world’s resource. Well, wake the hell up people! They already control all the world’s resources. Climate change, real or imagined, won’t change that fact one iota.
The IPCC is claiming “urgent action is needed” on climate change, but the reality of this too-late warning is already here. This “last warning” isn’t enough. I wish it were. We needed to hear this is the year 1620!
This blog is considered too harsh and too doom and gloom for many I suppose, because it depicts a future that is devoid of (traditional) hope. But I don’t write the news. I’m just interpretating what it means, projecting it’s future impacts and how it will affect you. It is the reason I’ve even bothered to publish this blog, because the news fails to interpret itself accurately.
This is the danger we live in, failing to interpret the news accurately, or letting the media itself interpret it the news it writes and reports for you. That’s like asking the fox to guard the hen house. This is something you need to do for yourself, because what the news is depicting will affect you.
This is why I laugh (in derision) at all the claims I’m still reading by so many authors and writers that we can “fix” our way out of our problems. Our way of life is soon to be over, there are some things we simply cannot fix. Almost everyone is still focusing in on the wrong things, pretending that we will somehow manage to retain control on society, civilization and our future.
I do not see how this is even remotely possible to be honest. There will undoubtedly be gigantic attempts at doing so, just as there are now, except worse. Make absolutely no mistake, these efforts will worsen the human condition all over the planet, especially to the soft, comfortable and cushy lives here in the United States.
There is a reality here that is being widely ignored — we cannot engineer our salvation, but we’re sure as hell going to desperately try despite that fact.
Using Iraq as a current example, this misrepresented venture was supposed to provide the Iraqi people with liberation and freedom. Instead, all they got was (predictably) was widespread and ongoing death and destruction, with a radioactive landscape that is uninhabitable for a billion years.
Despite this insanity, that hasn’t stopped the USA from still trying, refusing to accept facts and defeat. Now, we’re sending even more of our sons and daughters off to die while killing even more civilians so we can extract the last dregs of oil to maintain this corrupt civilization of ours yet a while longer, causing even more greenhouse gas emissions. And so it goes, everything we put our hand to makes our situation worse and worse until it all falls down.
Global warming on the other hand, is still thought to be an “engineerable solution” by industry and corporate moguls. It simply never occurs to them or anybody else that we cannot “design” our way out of this, but that doesn’t stop them for trying, and worsening the already bad situation.
In fact, most of what mankind does makes things worse in the long run. Temporary relief or improvements are realized (depending on who’s the recipient and who’s the loser), lasting from a short while to even several thousand years (such as agriculture), but the long term effects are ultimately devastating, even to humans themselves.
Our south western cities for example, exist in dry, arid landscapes that have only become possible due to the rerouting and diverting of critical rivers and stream flows away from existing habitat. The cost has been incalculable, as entire regions have become increasingly populated by humans and other regions were increasingly depopulated of wildlife.
Climate change now threatens all of this. In effect, it’s our turn now, as we have manufactured and engineered in our own collapse, stupidly thinking we were masters of our destiny, only to discover that we’ve mastered absolutely nothing at all. We’re about to be re-engineered by Nature itself.
There is now a serious concern that humans cannot adapt fast enough to climate change. The irony is this is exactly what we demanded of the world around us as we “engineered” our environment to suit our needs at the expense of everything else, including all other forms of life on this planet. Call it karma, call it fate, call it whatever you will — what goes around, comes around. It’s our turn now and there is nothing we can do about it.
The best thing that can happen is for a global, systematic collapse to occur to stop mankind from making the problem he has caused even worse. We will have to adapt — or perish. The immutable law of the jungle is the strong survive. Those that fail to adapt will die out.
We can be sure the every possible attempt to engineer our way out of this crisis will be tried, until the last dregs of oil are consumed, the last uranium isotope is mined, and the last methane gas burp is burned. We’ll go down struggling, of that I have no doubt at all. But we’ll still go down.
Future humans, if there be any, will someday congregate around the northern latitudes, perhaps as far as the Arctic circle. They won’t even remember this failed experiment of civilization and control. Perhaps by then, if there be any living survivors, they will have come to accept what “is” once again as the meaning of life itself.