Friday, June 30, 2017

Cooler heads have not prevailed

In the first half of the oil age, no matter how crazy the US government would get, there was always some cool heads who would prevail and save the system from itself.

Now it's the second half of the oil age and oil's net-energy falls every day. There is too much debt and too much infrastructure to make a change. Now the "adults" have left the room.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Why economics is just a physics problem

Garrett : "As a global organism, like these shipping vessels at an oil rig, our civilization collectively feeds on the energy in coal, oil, natural gas, uranium, hydroelectric power and renewables. Civilization continually consumes these resources to accomplish two things: the first is to propel all civilization’s internal “economic” circulations including our attention; the second is to incorporate raw materials into our structure in order to grow and maintain our current size against the ever present forces of dissipation and decay."

Friday, June 23, 2017

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Human extinction in ten years

Conversation Earth: "Award-winning scientist Dr. Guy McPherson has concluded that for human civilization, the end is near. He advises the rate of change of our climate is increasing far more rapidly than we are being told, and this puts us on his endangered species list.

In this 2017 interview, McPherson reveals why the International Panel on Climate Change, and even many individual scientists, understate the problem. He critiques our modern “living arrangement,” and the lies our culture promulgates to avoid admitting, “We are trashing this planet at an astonishing rate of speed.” He also shares his thinking about a “sane” living arrangement. You might be surprised – both at how soon he expects we’ll be extinct, and at his positive advice about how to respond to this crisis."

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Direct death from heat, exponential growth expected

thinkprogress: "Extreme heat poses a serious threat to human health, particularly among the elderly, who are less able to regulate their body temperature, and among those who cannot afford air conditioning. Hot spells can prove deadly. As temperatures rise, heat-related deaths are projected to grow exponentially."

#2ndLaw says all human activity generates heat

Fossil-fuels have allowed exponential human growth. We have to reverse the growth, not just stop using fossil-fuels.

Human activity generates heat. Energy exists in many forms; when humans move, heat, cool, build, or repair things, potential energy is changed into heat. This happens regardless of fuel source.

We have to move quickly to less activity and fewer humans.

Make buses fare-free, make cities car-free, people will urbanize and birth rates will fall. Driving around in wasteful autosprawl is a massive heat-generator.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

How will you keep cool when the ocean is 90F degrees

Arctic News: "As the image below shows, sea temperature was as high as 32.6°C or 90.6°F on May 28, 2017 (at the green circle), 1.8°C or 3.2°F warmer than 1981-2011."

Friday, June 9, 2017

Human extinction possible in 10 years

Nature Bats Last: "The Great Dying wiped out at least 90% of the species on Earth due to an abrupt rise in global-average temperature about 252 million years ago. The vast majority of complex life became extinct. Based on information from the most conservative sources available, Earth is headed for a similar or higher global-average temperature in the very near future. The recent and near-future rises in temperature are occurring and will occur at least an order of magnitude faster than the worst of all prior Mass Extinctions. Habitat for human animals is disappearing throughout the world, and abrupt climate change has barely begun. In the near future, habitat for Homo sapiens will be gone. Shortly thereafter, all humans will die."

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Study finds hundreds of thousands of tropical species at risk of extinction due to deforestation

mongabay : "A 2015 study found that humans activities are driving species loss at a rate 100 times faster than historical baseline levels — which the researchers behind the study characterized as a conservative estimate. This finding fueled speculation that we’re currently witnessing a sixth global mass extinction event."

Monday, June 5, 2017

KSA on thin ice

The Islamic State has thwarted the best laid plans of oil barons and bankers around the world. It was inevitable that a crash would come between the massive debt and the falling net energy. But there was one patch of easy oil left and the bankers thought they had another 20 years to go.

That oil is under Kirkuk Iraq. But the IS stands in the way.

The only way they can get them out of the way is to massacre Sunni Muslims. But to do this they need the cover of the Muslim puppet leaders.

The KSA is the biggest and weakest of these puppets. Its power has three legs. Oil, US, and Islam. The oil is running out, the US is overstretched around the world, and the Islamic State is exposing them as false leaders of Islam.

As the ice disappears from the arctic, it is also cracking under the king.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Science is conservative, exponential change is not

Nature Bats Last: "Mainstream scientists minimize the message at every turn, with expected results. As we’ve known for years, scientists almost invariably underplay climate impacts (James Hansen referred to the phenomenon as “scientific reticence” in his 24 May 2007 paper about sea-level rise in Environmental Research Letters). A paper in 27 June 2016 online issue of Nature Climate Change reinforces the idea of scientific conservatism, pointing out that dependence upon historical records leads to missing about one-fifth of global warming since the 1860s."