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Global Warming: Not Even a Spoonful of Sugar Could Help

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We know Earth's temperature is nearly one degree Centigrade higher than it was at the beginning of the industrial revolution. And 1 C is catastrophic, as indicated by a decades-old cover-up.

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Jason S (50)
Friday August 17, 2012, 9:10 am
Mind control box

Kit B (276)
Friday August 17, 2012, 9:14 am
(Image: Sammy Slabbinck via Flickr)

Television anchor Edward R. Murrow is credited with this expression: “Just because your voice reaches halfway around the world doesn't mean you are wiser than when it reached only to the end of the bar.”

Murrow understood the power of television to misinform the masses. This strategy has worked brilliantly on every front, but none more pronounced than the all-important issue of global climate change. Seeking “balance” on the idiot box has meant presenting two sides to a one-sided issue until it’s become too late to address the crisis.

It’s now too late.

Feel the burn
By the end of June 2012, the U.S. had witnessed its hottest 12 months and hottest half year on record. And July 2012 was the hottest month in U.S. history, with records dating to 1895. Extreme events have arrived:

“The kind of blistering heat we used to experience once every 20 years, will now occur every two.”

Even as the sun cools, record high temperatures exceeded record low temperatures by a ratio of 2:1 in the last decade, relative to an expected ratio of 1:1. The ratio hit 9:1 in 2012.

As was pointed out in this space last year, I concluded a decade ago that we’d set into motion climate-change processes likely to cause our own extinction by 2030.

I mourned for months, to the bewilderment of the three people who noticed. And then, shortly thereafter, I was elated to learn about a hail-Mary pass that just might allow our persistence for a few more generations: Peak oil and its economic consequences might bring the industrial economy to an overdue close, just in time.

Like Pandora with her vessel, I retained hope.

No more.

Stick a fork in us. We’re done. Broiled beyond hope wishful thinking.

It seems we've experienced a lethal combination of too much cheap oil and too little wisdom. Yet again, I've begun mourning. It’s no easier the second time.

As always, I’m open to alternative views — in fact, I’m begging for them, considering the gravity of this particular situation.

But the supporting evidence will have to be extraordinary.

By the way, irrationally invoking Al Gore doesn't count as evidence. Ditto for unsubstantiated rumors about global cooling. A small dose of critical thinking might be required rather than the ability to repeat lines touted by neo-conservatives and their puppet-masters in the fossil-fuel industries.

We know Earth’s temperature is nearly one degree Centigrade higher than it was at the beginning of the industrial revolution. And 1 C is catastrophic, as indicated by a decades-old cover-up.

Already, we’be triggered several positive feedbacks, none of which were expected to occur by mainstream scientists until we reached 2 C above baseline global average temperature.

We also know that the situation is far worse than indicated by recent data and models (which are reviewed in the following paragraphs).

We’be known for more than a decade what happens when the planes stop flying: Because particulates were removed when airplanes were grounded, Earth’s diurnal temperature range increased by more than 1 C in the three days following 9/11.

If the change in range leans toward warming, in other words, Earth’s temperature is already nearly 2 C higher than the industrial-revolution baseline. And because of positive feedbacks, 2 C leads directly and rapidly to 6 C, acidification-induced death of the world’s oceans, and the near-term demise of Homo sapiens.

That would be people. Us. You and me. Your kid. And your little dog, too.

Guy McPherson, Transition Voice

About Guy McPherson

Guy McPherson is professor emeritus of natural resources and the environment at the University of Arizona, where he taught and conducted research for 20 years. He's written well over 100 articles, ten books, the most recent of which is Walking Away From Empire, and has focused for many years on conservation of biological diversity. He lives in an off-grid, straw-bale house where he practices durable living via organic gardening, raising small animals for eggs and milk, and working with members of his rural community. Learn more or email Guy at

Full article at Visit Site. It's not that long, and everyone needs to read this. I does and will continue to affect all of us. Read the article and even open the links within the body of the article.


Kit B (276)
Friday August 17, 2012, 10:54 am

I must thank my friend Jelica for sharing this article with me. It does have many internal links and there are so many sites and books available to do the in-depth follow up research, as I did before submitting this.

We can be afraid and depressed or we can come together as one huge global community and make absolute and unrelenting demands for things to change. This will be the work of a couple of generations, to combine efforts and clean up this rotting, out of control environment.

pam w (139)
Friday August 17, 2012, 12:05 pm
I'm with you, Kit! Unfortunately, it's very, VERY late.

I don't feel so bad about what'll happen to humanity....we "earned" it.

I feel VERY bad about all the beautiful species we've killed off and will continue to exterminate as this wonderful web of life is broken, piece by piece.

Yvonne White (229)
Friday August 17, 2012, 12:53 pm
Well, I'm a selfish I don't care what happens to the Earth if humans aren't here to observe & record it. I love Archaeology & know what happened millions of years ago - so I think Humanity has the tools to Plan & implement new changes to preserve, if not better, our survival... Humans seem to need a catalyst to evolve, so the coming Problems (whether global warming, or Ice Age, or Economic ruin) should jump start our Next Technologies to cope.. yep, I'm a cock-eyed Liberal optimist - better than a Depressed Reich-wing Disaster Lover!;)

Michela M (3964)
Friday August 17, 2012, 4:51 pm
Thanks!!! Posted in: ORANGUTANS: Men of the Forest
in: CLIMATE CHANGE: Several Petitions - VERY URGENT New!!!
Please Join & Invite friends to Join
ORANGUTANS: Men of the Forest
together with Sumatran Tigers (Java and Bali Tigers already EXTINCT), Elephants, Rhinos, CloudedLeopards, SunBears, Wildlife, Biodiversity they face Extinction!! Only 300 Sumatran Tigers left on Earth!!! 300 Football Fields of Rainforests are CLEARED every hour in SE Asia to produce Palm Oil: a hidden, not labelled, unhealthy ingredient in the products we buy. We MUST do WHATEVER is possible to SAVE them all!! Against: Corporate Control, Deforestation, Illegal Logging, Pet Trade, Pollution, CO2Emissions, Indigenous Peoples Displacement, Global Warming!!  Also other Primates, as Chimpanzees, Gorillas, Gibbons, and Monkeys for Vivisection are dealt in this Group. Petitions/Info/Videos/Pics are here.
Please!! Join, Sign, Invite friends to Join!! Individually: we are one DROP, all together: we are an OCEAN!! ALL together we can make a difference!! Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world -Margaret Mead Thanks!! Michela

Jelica R (144)
Friday August 17, 2012, 9:05 pm
Incredible! Even now, when the Northern Hemisphere is hotter than hell, with droughts and wildfires no person alive has ever seen in such a scale, people still don't get it. Complete mental shutdown.

Nimue Michelle Pendragon Gaze (339)
Friday August 17, 2012, 9:09 pm

Michela M (3964)
Saturday August 18, 2012, 4:15 am
You cannot currently send a star to Jelica because you have done so within the last week.

Nancy B (0)
Saturday August 18, 2012, 4:27 am
Sorry commentary on the human arrogance.

Terry V (30)
Saturday August 18, 2012, 4:53 am
Noted : (

Past Member (0)
Saturday August 18, 2012, 5:20 am
Thank you.

Past Member (0)
Saturday August 18, 2012, 7:16 am
Thank you.

David C (131)
Saturday August 18, 2012, 8:39 am
VERY LATE, but we can't give up.....can't do nothing because we must consider the future....including my children....and I sure don't want to have to tell my children there are no polar bears, penguins, etc in the wild because we went too far with environmental destruction and a changed climate.....

sickens me to see those who see the polar ice melts as an invitation to exploit.....

Anna M (18)
Saturday August 18, 2012, 9:22 am
Chief Seattle, 1854
Humankind has not woven the web of life.
We are but one thread within it.
Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.
All things are bound together.
All things connect.

Cree Prophecy:
When all the trees have been cut down,
When all the animals have been hunted,
When all the waters are polluted,
When all the air is unsafe to breathe,
Only then will you discover
You cannot eat money.

Yvonne White (229)
Saturday August 18, 2012, 1:57 pm
Yes, John - I Have to believe in science because I sure don't believe in religion or CONservatives who Never CONserve anything but their own wealth.

Kit B (276)
Saturday August 18, 2012, 2:04 pm

Science does not care about your thoughts John, on politics, religion nor anything else. Science operates on first, observation then shared accumulated, objective observations. Scientific conclusions come from the ability or lack thereof, to replicate those observations objectivity and repeatedly.
Science does not ask that one believe IN it only that one reads enough to gain some grasp or understanding of what it has to offer in the way of information.

Kathy B (106)
Saturday August 18, 2012, 2:13 pm
I think he's pretty much covered every thing that is wrong with what mankind is doing to the planet. Including TV, GMOs, HFCS was a bonus. I'm glad he included geoengineering, which scares me as much as anything. When McPherson says "(an approach that would take several years to implement, and one that we’d almost certainly FUBAR)" from what I've read, I agree with him. Not only do I think most methods could make matters worse, I think if we give people the thought that the mess we're in can be fixed, they will just continue their polluting ways.

Nancy M (197)
Saturday August 18, 2012, 6:32 pm
Actually Kit, as a solute being dissolved in the solvent (water), it might raise the boiling point thus keeping us alive that much longer.

Monica D (580)
Sunday August 19, 2012, 8:51 pm
Climate change is a serious issue.

Kit B (276)
Sunday August 19, 2012, 9:03 pm

Gee, Nancy and I didn't know we were looking at the boiling point of 100C as much as the level of combined saturation of global CO2 levels reaching a point of 1C causing the planet to be unable to keep up with CO2 levels. More ocean more absorption? Except for that pesky problem of warm water expansion. LOL!

Nancy M (197)
Monday August 20, 2012, 5:34 am
Ah well. What do I know about CO2! (Guess that sugar shouldn't be metabolized by anything!)

wendy webber (28)
Monday August 20, 2012, 6:06 am
Thanks so much Kit! I went to the site and connected with so many valuable links.I could not sleep at night if I acted as irresponsibly as many do concerning the earth.I don't do it perfect but I try and do all that I can. I was brought up in the fifties and I was taught then not to litter, to recycle, to leave things better then I found them.Some of the same arrogance that "settled" this country, is alive and well. I believe it was Chief Seattle who said, "The earth does not belong to us, we belong to the earth."I only hope more folks can and will get on board with a philosophy such as his (and mine and ours). I do not believe that I have the right to rob future generations of clean air and water, healthy food,species of animals, room to roam,etc....I only hope that more will wake up.....soon. Thanks for all the great articles that you provide. I also get a kick out of your kitty quips and photos. My calico cat, Cali-Kat, finds them equally humorous.

wendy webber (28)
Monday August 20, 2012, 6:16 am
Thanks Kit for all the articles that you submit.I went to their site and found many valuable connections that I will follow up on.I think it was Chief Seattle who said, "The earth does not belong to us, we belong to the earth." I was taught , as a child in the fifties, not to litter, to recycle and reuse, and to leave things better then I found them (which covers a lot of territory).I don't believe that I have the right to rob future generations of clean air and water,healthy food, species of animals, space to roam,etc....I wish more folks would get on board. We only have one planet and she is valuable.

wendy webber (28)
Monday August 20, 2012, 6:18 am
sorry folks, did not mean to post twice, I got disconnected and then my previous writing did not show up here until I wrote the 2nd one.Gees...

Kit B (276)
Monday August 20, 2012, 7:47 am

Thanks Wendy, you are correct. No matter what we each have the responsibility to try to improve things. At this point, I think we must move beyond just recycling and on to pressure of the world leaders to stop talking and start acting.

Nancy - remember those commercials about "pinch an inch" around the waist line? I think that maybe where the sugar goes.

Daniel Partlow (179)
Monday August 20, 2012, 8:35 am
Noted with disgust. Very forboding.

Jelica R (144)
Monday August 20, 2012, 12:43 pm
The Earth is like a runaway train. We need to push brakes. There is no chance that this can be done smoothly, it will be harsh and we would rather avoid it.

This is an election year in the USA. Go to the meetings with all candidates, ask them what they are going to do about climate change, confront them with facts about weather conditions, and what is yet to came. Tell them that scientists have collected veritable data, and there is no time to wait any longer if we wish to survive as a specie. Find some talking points memo; I am sure that Sierra, Greenpeace, ... have something prepared on theirs web sites.

For yourself and your family; reduce carbon impact, recycle, plant some vegies... do whatever is viable. Even a small step can have a sizable impact in a long run. After all, we didn't get here in a single leap, this is accumulated result of many small acts. Roll up your sleeves, organize in your communities and keep the faith. This must be done.

Emily Drew (88)
Sunday August 26, 2012, 10:12 am
Noted :(
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