Dr. Sagan's 2/9/1990 address before the 5th Emerging Issues Forum at NCSU, broadcast live on NC Public TV. Sagan spoke at the invitation of former Gov. Jim Hunt, co-creator of the Forum. The speech begins at 6:12.https://yewtu.be/watch?v=9Xz3ZjOSMRU
As of today we will stop the transport of fossil fuels within the kingdom. I have always insisted that there is more to Brexit than is visible to the eye.
The popular narrative of most societies and governments today is that we have a “climate problem,” which can be solved with “renewable technologies” such as windmills, carbon capture, and efficient batteries. However, global heating is a symptom of a much larger, more fundamental ecological crisis articulated by William Rees, the Limits to Growth study, the Post-Carbon Institute and other ecologically aware observers. Humanity’s urgent and primary challenge is what ecologists call “overshoot,” the predicament of any species that grows beyond the capacity of its #environment. Wolves overshoot the prey in their watershed, algae overshoot the nutrient capacity of a lake, and humanity has overshot the entire capacity of Earth. Global heating, the biodiversity crisis, depleted soils, and disappearing forests are all symptoms of ecological overshoot.full story
All paths out of #overshoot (genuine solutions) involve a #contraction of the species and a decline of material/energy throughput. There are no exceptions. Furthermore, the contraction of #humanity is inevitable, so all genuine options exist within this framework, whether we respond appropriately or not. And finally, every day that we ignore this reality, the deeper humanity falls into the overshoot rut, the faster the feedbacks take over (forest fires, methane from melting permafrost), and the less chance we have of mitigation.
In several cases, scientists and other colleagues who have attempted to introduce these facts in political settings have told me: “It is a non-starter. They don’t want to hear it.” Okay. That reveals a deeper problem: political inertia and the paradigm trap. If mentioning the real problem to any given group that wants to help is a “non-starter,” I cannot imagine how that group is ever going to be effective.
Sixty years of climate change warnings: the signs that were missed (and ignored) | Climate change | The Guardian
#climatechange #climatecrisis #climatebreakdown
The entire city of South Lake Tahoe and surrounding areas along the west and south shores have been ordered to evacuate due to the raging Caldor Fire, which has been creeping toward the lake for more than two weeks since igniting near Pollock Pines.Lake Tahoe is on the California-Nevada border, in the Sierra Nevada, where the eastern border of California takes a bend from directly southward to south-southeast. It's about 180 miles (290 km) from San Francisco, and lies on US Highway 50 (to the south) and US Interstate 80 (to the North).. The Caldor Fire is approaching from the west, and is the second fire this season to traverse the entire Sierra crest. This is the first year in modern history in which any fire has done so.
The formal exodus comes after South Lake Tahoe’s roughly 22,000 residents were given an evacuation warning late Sunday, told to be ready at a moment’s notice to evacuate. Nearly 30,000 residents had already been evacuated from the eastern half of El Dorado County.
At 10 a.m., fire and sheriff’s officials upgraded the warning to a mandatory order for all but the northeastern corner of the city, near Stateline. Authorities expanded the order at 11 a.m. to include the entire city. ...
"The really, really scary thing about the climate crisis is that every single achievement of every human society on Earth occurred under a climate that no longer exists"World’s #climate scientists to issue stark warning over global heating threat
The death toll from catastrophic floods in western Germany and Belgium has risen to more than 180, as emergency services continued their search for hundreds still missing.Other stories report over 1,000 people unaccounted for, with widespread telephone and electrical outages.
The German president, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, said he was “stunned” by the devastation caused by the flooding and pledged support to the families of those killed and to cities and towns facing significant damage. It is Germany’s worst natural disaster in more than half a century. ...
In August 1974, the CIA produced a study on “climatological research as it pertains to intelligence problems”. The diagnosis was dramatic. It warned of the emergence of a new era of weird weather, leading to political unrest and mass migration (which, in turn, would cause more unrest). The new era the agency imagined wasn’t necessarily one of hotter temperatures; the CIA had heard from scientists warning of global cooling as well as warming. But the direction in which the thermometer was travelling wasn’t their immediate concern; it was the political impact. They knew that the so-called “little ice age”, a series of cold snaps between, roughly, 1350 and 1850, had brought not only drought and famine, but also war – and so could these new climatic changes.https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/jul/05/sixty-years-of-climate-change-warnings-the-signs-that-were-missed-and-ignored
“The climate change began in 1960,” the report’s first page informs us, “but no one, including the climatologists, recognised it.” Crop failures in the Soviet Union and India in the early 1960s had been attributed to standard unlucky weather. The US shipped grain to India and the Soviets killed off livestock to eat, “and premier Nikita Khrushchev was quietly deposed”. ...
More than 2,000 people are deployed in extinguishing wildfires raging around Russia’s coldest inhabited territory, Yakutia, now in the third year of extremely intense season of wildfires.After looking at the heat and subsequent fires in the Pacific Northwest, I looked through Nullschool's Earth viewer for other areas under peril.
The first of them ignited as early as the beginning of May right outside the world-famous Pole of Cold, the village of Oymyakon in northeastern Yakutia known for its record low temperatures.
Wildfires continued through May and June, with extra fire extinguishing forces needing to be sent from other regions to help republic’s own teams.
Today Kolyma highway, the major road connecting republic’s capital Yakutsk and the port town of Magadan on the Sea of Okhotsk, had to be shut because the fire got too close to the road and was much too fierce for safe driving.