Tag - environment

We’re Doomed


Ashgabat uses almost 80% of the water that reaches the city from the Kara Kum Canal, which itself sucks out a full 50% of the Amu Darya River.

This is Ashgabat. When we turned the corner and came over the hill this is what I saw rising up out of the barren Kara Kum Desert: thousands of buildings all made from white Carrara marble.

My first thought upon seeing this?

“We’re doomed.”

As a species, to be clear.

To be even more clear: we’re not going to make it.

Sure, life will go on living and adapting, but our ability to exist on this planet is pretty much toast.

Sure, we might have a hundred, a hundred and fifty years left on the outside.

But that’s it.

Happy Monday.

Doubling Down on Our Faustian Bargain – James Hansen

dr faustusDoubling Down on Our Faustian Bargain

James Hansen, Pushker Kharecha, Makiko Sato
29 March 2013

Summary: Humanity is doubling down on its Faustian climate bargain by pumping up fossil fuel particulate and nitrogen pollution. The more the Faustian debt grows, the more unmanageable the eventual consequences will be. Yet there are plans to build more than 1000 coal-fired power plants and plans to develop some of the dirtiest oil sources on the planet. These plans should be vigorously resisted. We are already in a deep hole — it is time to stop digging.

Humanity’s Faustian climate bargain is well known. Humans have been pumping both  greenhouse gases (mainly CO2) and aerosols (fine particles) into the atmosphere for more than a century.  The CO2 accumulates steadily, staying in the climate system for millennia, with a continuously increasing  warming effect. Aerosols have a cooling effect (by reducing solar heating of the ground) that depends on  the rate that we pump aerosols into the air, because they fall out after about five days.

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Hurricane Sandy and Climate Change Perceptions in the U.S. (VIDEO)

Via New Security Beat:

Did Hurricane Sandy change the discussion about climate change in the United States? In this latest episode of the Wilson Center’s Dialogue program, Senior Wilson Center Advisor and Ohio University Professor Geoff Dabelko joins host John Milewski to discuss the potential impact of Sandy on climate policy and dialogue in the United States with Darryl Fears (The Washington Post) and Bob Deans (Natural Resources Defense Council).



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