The bells are tolling

Here’s an editorial from a foreign source – obviously “they get it”. Or do they? On one hand, it’s game-over, but then like most articles today, they immediately start backtracking on their own comments. Bolded by me for emphasis, commentary in brackets [mine].

The evidence continues to mount about the alarming march of climate change. According to scientists at the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa), global surface temperatures and Arctic sea ice extent – two key indicators – have broken records in the first half of 2016, when each month set a record as the warmest, respective to a table that goes back to 1880. Dr James Hansen, the former Nasa scientist credited with raising public awareness of climate change, says global temperatures have risen to levels not seen in 115,000 years. Unchecked, the planet will soon be too hot to hold people.

Action clearly is required. Dr Hansen and a group of scientists have estimated that the world will require between US$104 trillion (S$151 trillion) and US$507 trillion over the coming century to undertake the so-called “CO2 extraction” required merely to keep up with last year’s Paris Accord benchmarks and prevent runaway climate change.

[Vapor-ware technology, ie., it does not exist and has been a component in nearly EVERY proposal and projection, such as the IPCC reports, etc. In other words – we do not have the money or the means or the technology to actually stop this.]

That is a frighteningly large commitment for the coming generations to make at a time when their attention is likely to be fixed on the massive disruptions to their lives and livelihood caused by technology’s swift march. It can only be hoped that the sharing economy and scientific developments such as additive manufacturing, by cutting waste and trimming demand, will reduce the greenhouse gas emissions believed to be at the root of the climate change process.

[It is highly doubtful that there will even be “coming generations”. The proposed “trimming” can’t possibly save us or reverse climate change effects or restore ice, et. cetera and is more hopium disguised green-washing. Civilization can’t continue like this and expect a “turn-around”.]

While there is little time to lose, it is worrying that the United States will soon be led by a president who is a noted sceptic of climate change.

President-elect Donald Trump has called global warming a hoax and a Chinese conspiracy against US manufacturing, and pronounced himself not a believer in “man-made climate change”. In the wake of his stunning victory, his key appointments to the Energy Department and the Environmental Protection Agency are people who, like him, are notable sceptics of the climate change consensus.

The silver lining is that, in spite of Mr Trump’s threat to pull the US out of the Paris climate change agreement, other big emitters such as China and India have vowed to stay with it. Indeed, fear of Mr Trump’s rise may even have sped up turning the Paris agreement into a platform for international action. His Republicans are something of an anomaly among conservatives around the world because many tend to live in denial, unlike the rest.

[The Paris Agreement is worse then useless, so calling this hope is ridiculous. Non-binding, non-starter, not effective, i.e., too little, too late is a better description. Does nothing to address root causes.]

That said, he recently met former US vice-president Al Gore and actor Leonardo DiCaprio, two stalwarts in the fight against global warming. If they have failed to convince him, perhaps he might yet heed the warnings of experts who have said that his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida would be underwater some day if the phenomenon was not checked. Climate change is simply too important to be left to sceptics.

[Useless commentary here, saying nothing but implying something. Wishful thinking which some readers will latch onto. Critical thinking skills need to be applied to all discussion on climate change (and most topics).]


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2 thoughts on “The bells are tolling

  • December 29, 2016 at 12:35 pm

    Since the action that is required -shutting down most of the globalized economic system- is not acceptable to the bankers and corporate executives who make all the important decisions and get them ratified by politicians, no action to prevent runaway greenhouse will be taken, and all the actions that are taken will exacerbate the predicament.

    We have known for a long time that the longer delay in taking action, the bigger the action necessary and the greater the cost, both environmental and financial. At least 20 years of fence-sitting and denial and counter-productive policies have put us into this predicament.

    Now it is too late to prevent catastrophic meltdown, the prevailing strategy should be one of minimizing losses and minimizing suffering. However, even that strategy would impinge on the short-term profit motive that drives most decisions in industrial societies, so nothing is done to prepare for the inevitable and practically every aspect of society operates on the basis of ignoring well-documented realities.

    One of the most absurd construction projects I have heard of lately is the construction of apartments and retail buildings OVER still operating rail yards in New York. The supposed rational for this lunacy is that there is no land left to build on in the inner city. I believe a sum of $1 billion was paid for a 99-year lease of the space above the rail yards, and that construction is extraordinarily expensive because all foundations have to positioned between operating rail track. The amount of steel (with a horrendous carbon debt) going into construction is phenomenal. But the ‘investors’ reckon they will recoup all the money, plus much more because 150,000 people will soon be clamouring to live there.

    • December 29, 2016 at 1:17 pm

      I had not heard of this. This is beyond insane, this is madness in overdrive.

      Why would anyone want to build this – or live there?

      Along with the rats, this is another reason why I think living in the city is insane – it’s where all the crazy people seem to gather.

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