Massive Permafrost Thaw Documented in Canada, Portends Huge Carbon Release
Desdemona has a new article, Massive Permafrost Thaw Documented in Canada, Portends Huge Carbon Release, with the original article here. I don’t comment on Desdemona anymore, Jim started censoring commentary some time back.
This type of melting was expected and would account for the escalating levels of methane being detected. Once you grasp the scale of what’s happening, you’ll quickly realize that it is virtually impossible for this process to reverse itself. You’d have to have a seriously long deep-freeze to restore the frozen soil temperatures – and then you’d still be left with the billions of tons of CO₂ and methane still left in the atmosphere, raising temperatures higher and higher.
Which fits right in with this: Carbon Dioxide Could Reach 410 PPM This Month
Nothing but lip-service from most of the world on how to deal with this accelerating problem. But meanwhile, back in the land of the stupid, Members of Congress met to discuss the costs of climate change. They ended up debating its existence.
Does anybody really need any more evidence that humans are incapable of acting responsibly? Or that the whole topic of climate change is going to find humans racing at the very last second to try to save themselves from catastrophic climate change? By then, nearly everything else will already be dead. This is why the geo-engineering people are so anxious to get started. They already know that geo-engineering is what will ultimately be tried. But geo-engineering does not fix bad behavior (or bad attitudes, or ignorance, or stupidstition, or well… you get the idea).
It is not conjecture to state that all of this (and so very much more) will lead towards our collapse. Our species likes to dither around while earnestly practicing ecocide. Monetization of all living things and even the very elements guarantees we will always find a way to destroy it as we exploit it. This false notion of monetary “valuation” is so deeply embedded within the psyche of almost every human being that it’s proving to be an impossibly persistent meme that penetrates to the very depths of human existence.
I contend, and will to my dying day, that humans have gone off the rails long ago. Our trajectory is plainly clear, it’s not a better world being built, it’s a polluted, raped and ruined one. But the technologist and industrialists pay huge sums of money to media whores to convince the populations of the world that all this plundering is essential and even beneficial. It’s not.
We’ve managed to screw up everything in reality. You have really open your eyes and your mind to see it and understand it correctly. Cities are not “beautiful”, they’re horrible blights upon the landscape, pumping out billions of tons in pollution and wastes. City lights aren’t beautiful either, blotting out stars and obliterating that night sky. Humans are enamored with our civilization, but what it really represents is destruction and death of all kinds of living things. Rivers, streams and water ways, meadows and fields, forests and hillsides, billions of living organisms and entities all living in a astounding splendor of life. But not after humans arrive and build their cities, towns and housing tracts. It’s all destroyed and wiped out, and what tiny bits remain are oppressed fragments of the former existence.
Monoculture “parks” and lawns, polluted with fertilizers because we’ve even destroyed the natural life-giving ability of the soil and microbes. Straight lines towering into the skies and on the ground, with millions and millions of rows of ugly human boxes built from dead trees dragged thousands of miles from their natural habitats. Sterile urban landscapes where nothing but blowing trash actually moves at night. Heat islands of glass, steel, concrete and asphalt, all diverting the natural rain, wind and runoff to concrete canals and sewers filled with the refuse of human activity. Traffic lights for spewing carriages of plastic, glass, rubber and steel, the human occupants inside ‘safe’ and utterly oblivious to the destroyed and ruined life outside of their racing coffins.
Humans are enamored with all the new, shiny things civilization produces. We’ve become addicted (and indebted) to the drip-feed of technology and innovation and invention. But we’re truly ignorant at what price this was all obtained – how the environment was raped, plundered and pillaged, the mountains and mountains of waste and residues created, the polluted streams and waterways, the fish kills and vast levels of wildlife utterly destroyed, the atmospheric pollution and toxins being pumped out across the entire world. We’re too busy staring at screens to even notice all the death around us.
We’re destroyers of life and we simply do not care.
If the Earth were alive as a living organism, it would be of no surprise that though it be slow and ponderous to respond, that it would finally react and take action against the human vermin that covers its surface. Using natural and immutable forces that would monumentally dwarf all human abilities, the Earth would slowly began to shed its infection through larger and larger events and ‘extremes’ – earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, temperature, droughts, floods, winds, fires and storms, impacting the virus that has crept across its surface and plundered its depths, wrecking the infrastructure and their ability to survive.
And who could blame the Earth, if it were alive? As guests here, we’ve behaved very, very badly, wrecking and destroying every living room and despoiling all the bathrooms, even the sleeping rooms have become playgrounds for our insatiable appetites for entertainment. The living rooms are filled with an endless array of dead things and boxes blaring incessant levels of noise and sound. We lie about, partying and drinking, reveling in our ‘mastery of the world’ and the ‘dominion of men’ in sterile, empty boardrooms, utterly blind to the insufferable suffering of trillions of other creatures we’ve crushed under our hands and swallowed down our gullets. We don’t hear their screams or their cries or consider their suffering. We don’t think they even have the right to exist except for our exclusive use, no matter how torturous and painful that might be, but we’re convinced ourselves that we most certainly do. We even fabricated ourselves an imaginary god that declares our exclusive ‘rights’ to the entire planet, but we’re puzzled how often this doesn’t work out.
Our eyes are blinded by the glitter of gold and the glare of screens that explode the wealth of human activity all across the globe. And we think to ourselves that life is grand and great and good while we refuse to seriously discuss the real evil that we’ve become or any of the massive levels of harm, suffering, destruction and pollution that we leave in our wake.
It’s time for a massive change on the planet. And if we will not do it (and we won’t), then it will be done to us. And we deserve it. Our disrespect for life itself (not just human life) is the real reason we are going to be destroyed. If we had cultivated that ethic, we would not even be having these conversations. There would be no pollution, no climate change, no destruction, no suffering and no hunger. There would be no debt and no depression. The myriad of mental illnesses and diseases we’ve self-inflicted would be gone. Our lives would be without work, employment would be a thing of the happily forgotten past. The planet would heal. But this is now all very, very unlikely.
If we just hadn’t built a civilization like this, there would still be massive amounts of life on this planet, sustaining itself almost indefinitely with no pollution anywhere. And we would be happy – finding life, freedom and opportunity that would boggle our imagination, existing in a far, far happier state then we are now. But we’re not. We’re dead wood within, convincing ourselves that we’re still alive, but rotten to the core. We killed off our inner spirit, the flame of life that made our existence here meaningful and joyful. We’ve become voracious, devouring, insatiable zombies, consuming anything and everything that moves in our quest to find “meaning” and “purpose”. Work, enslavement, debt and consumption now define us, and we’re bewildered why this doesn’t really work.
If it grows, we cut it down, and make it into something else. Burn it? Of course, as fast as we can, who cares what it does to the atmosphere or water? Level it? Yes, absolutely, we might find something of “value” there that we can sell. Dig it up? With bigger and bigger machines, belching out mountains of toxic waste and pollution in our quest for wealth and “more”.
If you took the time to read as much as I do about the state of the world and the environment, you’d swiftly realize that our impact has been gargantuan upon the planetary surface, even ruining the atmosphere and virtually all of the worlds oceans (almost 4/5ths of the world). While “it can’t possibly continue”, it most certainly will, because we cannot stop our appetites for growth. And though some of us know we should stop, we cannot. Even in the very remotest and “poorest” regions of the world where humans still live out a meager existence, it’s impossible for us now to stop trying to find a way to exploit the environment for our advantage, because the entire system is rigged to force us into competition for wealth (money).
Netflix has some really great videos that depict this situation. All you have to do is watch them and pay close attention to what you’re seeing. We cannot stop.
I’m going to end this here. No closing paragraph. No words of comfort (there aren’t any). No “proper” summary. I just want to leave you with foreboding thoughts, because that is exactly the message I’m trying to convey here.
5 thoughts on “Massive Permafrost Thaw Documented in Canada, Portends Huge Carbon Release”
I may have missed this: an explanation of how the LIFE program works? To give us hope that something can be done, instead of not trying to loosen the ropes as we remain collectively tied to the railroad tracks with the world’s longest train bearing down on us?
Every word you posted in this polemic is 100% true. But, in your own words, we can’t just throw up our hands and give up? So, short of fomenting positive activism in our communities, what is your advice?
I advocate not giving up. It is not in our nature to give up. Netflix has a new video out about the human experience and our ancient history – they did a credible job on this. It reveals that humans never gave up, among its many other points.
The LIFE program isn’t about giving up either. But it is about not trying to carry *this* civilization into the future, which cannot be done anyway. It is also about not trying to carry 7+ billion humans into the future either, which cannot be done anyway. It is the ultimate Ark – a lifeboat for survival of the human race. “Reduced human survival” means exactly what it says.
It is too soon still for the vast majority of people to make the connections required and realize that humanity is facing self-induced extinction, so they’re not interested in any ideas that might try to preserve our species (unless it means “more” – which is what pretty much everyone expects). But I don’t. Less is definitely what is going to occur. There will also be immense levels of human suffering which nobody (to my knowledge) is really preparing for. The current paradigm is continuing to fail and will not be revived by the Orange Monkey or anyone else.
1) Mentor young people. If there were any humans on the planet that needed to be informed, awake and involved – it’s them. This is a lifetimes worth of work right here. Whatever seeds of awareness, doubt, information and knowledge you “plant” will eventually sprout into – something. Ultimately, what is needed here are for the young to plan for their own LIFE type program. How to survive the coming environmental collapse and how to preserve as much as possible whatever is still left.
2) Support mandatory education. Stupidstitions need to be banished forever. Just because the asinine Trump Administration and many State governments are turning their backs on knowledge, science and facts, doesn’t mean the rest of us have follow lock-step in their shadows. I certainly won’t. We need mandatory climate education of every human on the planet. Plenty of places to involve oneself in ensuring people stay as informed as possible.
3) Education should include a reality-based worldview, ie., facts, science and the body of human knowledge and awareness of the real world we live in. It’s much more then just climate change, a topic I’ve heavily emphasized for years, but there are many, many more which I used to write about on here. A reality-based worldview would include the real history of the human race, our nation, our culture, our issues and our problems and what has been tried and what still needs to be tried. A lot of people settle for “stupid” and “uninformed” and this should no longer be tolerated, nor should racism, xenophobia, supremism or any other “ism’s”. Religion has poisoned the minds of millions and far from being reality based, it teaches irresponsibility and denial of reality. Anywhere religion is being forced upon the young should be fought with a vengeance.
4) Support science and research. This body of people worldwide is under-appreciated and under-acknowledged. They’ve done more for humankind then almost any other group of people (except medicine). Some of these people would also make great mentors themselves, although some need to have some “lessons in reality” too. Their work however, and what they’re doing for humanity needs to be supported, so get behind the efforts you endorse and find something you can do to help. It does not always have to be money – you can simply help spread the word on their work and research and any projects they’re trying to get help on.
5) I’ve got nothing to offer regarding “fixing the climate” because humans refuse to slow down, stop, turn-around and do less. It’s like trying to bail out the Titanic with a teaspoon, it won’t work. I do not “support” geo-engineering, but I also know for certain that it will be tried as a desperation measure. Instead, what would have been better would have been to moderate civilization (activity, industry, development, growth), population (birth control, growth), and something quite major with how we create money (fiat money needs to go bye-bye). We also need to stop monetizing the environment and realize it has intrinsic value (it supports life itself) which makes it utterly priceless.
6) Stop eating meat. This is the #1 thing that everyone can do and would have a gigantic impact upon the environment and climate problems. It would also dramatically help with desertification, deforestation and pollution runoff (dead zones) in streams, rivers, lakes and oceans. Cattle ranching needs to END right f’n now in all honesty because of how much damage this causes on a multitude of fronts. Start by going vegetarian.
7) Preserve and protect whatever little piece of land or natural resource you can. Whatever you can lend yourself to (time, money, effort) that you support. Parks, preserves, forests – whatever.
8) Stop monocultures. Besides being highly destructive to the former natural habitats, they’re also contributing to climate change and exploiting resources (water), and have become toxic fields of pesticides, herbicides and insecticides, killing wildlife, bees and generating low-quality, poor nutrition for humans and cows / pigs / chickens. Supporting your local organic grower is a great way to thumb your nose at Big Ag and Monsanto (Bayer is buying Monsanto – hopefully everyone knows this by now).
9) Live local and live light. You don’t need much to be happy and content. Experiences are far more valuable then stuff. Save your money and stop buying stuff. Stop supporting the connedsumer culture of crap business and industry and advertising is shoveling our way. Let these fuckers fail (go bankrupt). We don’t need their shit. They are directly responsible for a majority of the human suffering, oppression, slavery, environmental destruction and climate change wrecking the world.
10) Join the LIFE program. Eventually, recruitment will get underway.
Thank you for that well-reasoned and logical response to a situation that seems impossible. It was heartening.
I’m right on board with you for each suggestion, except number six. We buy a half a grass-fed organically raised beef each year from a neighbor hobby farmer, and I just couldn’t give up those delicious steak dinners. However, I do serve tons of vegetables to go with them. 🙂
#6 – And now you know why humans can not, will not respond adequately.
We don’t want to. We will find every excuse to tell ourselves it is not necessary. Even when it kills us.