Unless the emissions fallacy is quickly rejected, it will be calamitous for humankind and the biosphere. The fixation on increases in greenhouse gas (GHG) concentrations while ignoring their existing levels means that global warming and ocean acidification will proceed virtually unchecked. Unfortunately the situation is even worse than this because the mainstream approach to emissions mitigation is itself severely restricted. The result is that humankind’s response to the GHG-based emergencies is essentially zero – nothing at all. My aim in this post is to substantiate this claim. Continue reading
I recently said that mainstream sources such as the IPCC implicitly use a falsified model of greenhouse gas (GHG) effects when offering policy prescriptions and making public statements. The central feature of this falsification is the emissions fallacy. This is the idea that the climate and ocean emergencies should be addressed exclusively through emissions mitigation, thereby ignoring reductions in existing GHG concentrations. In this post I address the fallacy in more detail. Continue reading
In my previous post I said that the emissions fallacy – the fixation on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions rather than their concentrations – has been used to marginalize geoengineering. In this post I clarify the effects of these gases on the environment. This will allow me to address the fallacy in more depth in my next post. Continue reading
Last summer I announced here that I was writing a book to elaborate on my strategy for ecological survival. In preparing for this task I carefully examined the current state of the crisis we face. I was stunned to discover that the situation is far worse than I had thought, and that some of my long-held assumptions were no longer valid. I therefore placed the book on hold and reassessed my environmental position. Here I summarize my key findings. In future posts I will explore the details. Continue reading
Over the next year or so I will post few, if any, updates to this website while I write my third book on the ecological crisis. Continue reading
The most remarkable fact about the ecological crisis is that, even at this perilously late hour, no-one has devised a strategy to seriously address it. On second thought, the situation is far worse than that. With our ecological survival at stake, no-one has even come to grips with the basic realities that would allow such a strategy to be formulated. This is truly humankind’s darkest hour: we are facing an existential threat, we are equipped with powerful brains and impressive knowledge, but we have no clue how to proceed. What the hell is going on? Continue reading
Celia Farber is an independent American journalist who has written some ground-breaking articles on HIV/AIDS. After she was attacked in scurrilous fashion for her incisive reporting, she said in disgust that, “… what’s really scary and alarming and dangerous about our culture right now … is that it’s a culture of PR. It’s a public relations phenomenon. The truth doesn’t matter. What matters is the image.” Continue reading
The economic growth fanatics have reached a new low in rationality and integrity. Recently the International Energy Agency (IEA) announced that, despite 3% global economic growth, CO2 emissions from energy sources increased only slightly for the second straight year. The fanatics immediately told us what this meant: energy use has been decoupled from economic growth, so the latter can continue indefinitely. Continue reading
Climate Change, Capitalism, and Corporations: Processes of Creative Self-Destruction.
Christopher Wright and Daniel Nyberg (2015).
Christopher Wright and Daniel Nyberg are business-oriented academics associated with the University of Sydney. Starting in 2008 they interviewed 70 employees at 25 Australian corporations to determine the corporate response to climate change. Continue reading
In late 2015 I posted three articles about the youth ecological revolt. This is a proposed movement to pressure the old and the powerful to act decisively on the ecological crisis. The three articles are: The Young have been FORSAKEN, David Suzuki’s Ecocidal Role, and The Youth Ecological Revolt. This post is a summary statement based on these three. Continue reading