This page provides information from external sources, information that I believe is important to the understanding of the issues of global warming. Color Code: green = web links; red = my comments; black = direct quotes from sources.
Time for Truth and Reconciliation (201708)
As usual, Jack Kornfield speaks from compassion and wisdom; such is needed in our culture (internationally) at this time. If we are to survive as a species, we must learn compassion and cooperation.
Modern technology astounds me at times — this is an example, the management of the mosquito. As well, the article details the attempt of the scientific community to act into a cooperative ethical stance — I applaud this.
Wildfires are a climate change wake-up call (20170817)
Definitely a call to action in British Columbia (where I live), and it should be a call internationally since fire knows no political boundaries. Greenland is an example.
Yes, Greenland. I’ve been to Greenland; I’ve never thought of it as having forests, let alone forest fires! Nor had the scientific community to any great extent. Such is one of the unexpected outcomes of global warming.
A fairly good review of the current climate situation, especially in geopolitical terms.
Beneath the angst and conflict is the reality of how destructive our political environment has become. We humans care about the angst, but the science of global warming does not!
A detailed look at the complex issues (for those who want to track them)
Again for those interested, this seems to be a good review of the current complexity in Russian international politics.
Interesting statements from many knowledgeable sources, the major danger being misinterpretation of posturing, certainly be possible given the emotional maturity of the principal actors.
Such power in the hands of one man reflects the immaturity of culture and the posturing of the individual tribes (read ‘nations’) as well as the potential consequences of the system that must deal with such tribes.
An older article outlining the media releases of Donald Trump prior to becoming president. I hope he is less fatalistic now that he is in power, but the adage is “power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely.”
This is a fairly clear description of the current situation in Washington, a situation which will have great impact on our world regardless of the final outcome. “The wheels of justice grind finely and slow but this is a wood chipper, and all these various items and [sic] going to get fed into it.”
A fairly good summary of how the Trump administration is doing, and what they are doing, “a volatile, combustible combination.”
A very good review of the heavy emotions, and lack of concrete resolutions in this new world in which we live. The author stresses that doubt and reflection time can be powerful tools into the future, and that certainty (especially self-righteous certainty) will be the path to societal doom.
Very scary that if Trump were to bypass US democratic rule, “half of Republicans” would support him.
It is difficult to know what to say about this. The study recognizes that new technology, as yet unknown, may occur. At the same time, I see no indication that the study takes into account “tipping points” that may worsen the scenarios. To quote a link in the article, [These experts say we have three years to get climate change under control. And they’re the optimists]. Fundamentally, if we are to survive, we need drastic (and decisive) action, not fatalism, not denial.
Phenomenal ad. If all advertising was like this, I would actually be engaged in seeking the products offered.
A Chilling Theory on Trump’s Nonstop Lies (20170803)
The title is misleading; the article is actually a fairly good description of how human beings are overwhelmed by too much noise, unable to separate the signal from the background. If deliberate, it is a powerful tool to confuse.
The Troubling Return of Al Gore (20170724)
Again, a misleading title. The title again does not do justice to the significance of this article — the divisiveness within the climate movement.
In our modern world, government standards as to the protection of the environment are definitely needed. This article pertains to Canada; I had not realized previously that “The Toronto Public Library collected more late-book fines in one year than the government [of Canada] has collected from fines imposed through the [currently existing] act in 20 years!.”
Another consequence of global warming. Given I live in West Vancouver, I am able to look outside my apartment window and see the sun partially hidden by haze, the smoky residue of the humdreds of forest fires currently raging in British Columbia (apparently this is a comparatively low-count year in terms of numbers).
Another article of similar consequences. My objection to this article is that it does not place it in the context of the many warnings of the past few years, nor does it seem to acknowledge the possible tipping points that will emerge such that the actual numbers mentioned are only the “tip of the iceberg.” (To my knowledge, the concept of “tipping point” refers to the point at which an iceberg actually tips — when the lower portion, the hidden portion, melts faster than the visible portion above the surface of the water. Once an iceberg tips, it establishes a new equilibrium in a more stable fashion. As far as climate is concerned, this new tip point will be at a stable highertemperature.)
A fairly good article on the complexity surrounding the lack of effective responsiveness within American politics.
My source, someone whose astuteness I trust, regards Michael Klare as “one of the world’s experts on international energy politics, peace studies, and [the] American politics of both of those.”
Given the gross lack of effective response to global warming, it is highly likely that carbon-removal processes and other machinations will occur. This is the beginning of such. Unfortunately it may well be ineffective for three major reasons:
- it is basically unexplored technology, and given our historic relation with technology, there are always hidden and deleterious consequences around the corner
- it does not address the basic inefficiency of the system, the immaturity of our species such that we have created the problem in the first place
- it is not being applied as a consensus response of our culture, and thus there will be those who impose their “solutions” upon the rest of the populus, a common difficulty of our species.
Productivity tips are common, but this one seems well organized, and links to a detailed free description. As usual, the limitation is the willingness of the individual to be disciplined.
Last week, I listed The Unhabitable Earth, an article that discussed the worst case scenario of what we face, indicating how close it comes to doom-mongering (worst case scenarios are usually very challenging). This link (The Planet Is Warming . . .) is an excellent response to the concern re doom-mongering in regards to global warming — unfortunately, if we are to respond effectively, we each need to deal with our despair. Not fun, but necessary.
A Brief History of the Straw (20141023)
Plastic straws suck (20170720)
Two interesting links to the impact of plastic straws, the first on our creativity, the second on our ecology. Apparently we discard 180,000,000,000 straws a year (1,400,000 kilograms a year, 500,000,000 a day) to landfill and other forms of discard. I deliberately changed the data from 180 billion to 180,000,000,000 to emphasize the impact. And that is just drinking straws!
A clearly written description of the legal process involved in challenging the US federal government. If successful, the results for individual politicians would be such they might face significant consequences (removal from office to inprisonment). Clmate denial by the US government would likely have to stop, and appropriate actions taken. Perhaps such judgment would spill over to Canadian law also. Unfortunately, even if successful by the plaintiffs, the institution of resolutions may take so long that global warming will be irreversible by the time of their implimentations.
Because of better sampling tools, it appears that most vertebrate species are in major difficulty. A total of 27600 species were examined, 177 in great detail; of the 177 species, more than 40% had species range loss (thus diminished population) of greater than 80%. Not good (by any stretch of the imagination)!
The Uninhabitable Earth (20170709)
A detailed article bordering on doom-mongering, but even if the details are inaccurate, the themes are not — they emphasize the types of outcomes that will occur if we do not respond effectively to global warming. The side articles, referenced in the main article, are also worth reading.
A much more moderate tone, responding to The Uninhabitable Earth (above), but also noting the importance of knowing the worst case scenarios. “If you don’t know where you are , you cannot get to where you say you want to be!”
A sensible article on what we need to do.
Massive iceberg breaks away from Antarctica (20170712)
An iceberg the volume of Lake Erie, the size of the state of Connecticut (5800 square kilometers). What can I say?
The good news is that life is likely to survive. Some contraversy as usual in the scientific research, but with multiple ecological niches, still a good chance that life will persist, and evetually florish (after a few million years).
‘TED’ Sparks Paradigm War (20130413)
The fundamentalism of scientism is often hidden, yet very powerful.
Amongst the usual hype that surrounds American politics, this comes from a very reliable source. As usual, time will tell, but I cannot imagine it being totally off.
More fallout from Trump’s international stances. Necessary, but pushing a bully has consequences. I wonder where and how it will end.
Warning: The following three videos scare me. I suggest you do not (and do) watch them
NRA Declares War on Half of America (20170629)
NRA Charlie Daniels Commercial (20160523)
These terrify me — presumably they represent a significant portion of US citizens, those who actively support the National Rifle Association.
Scientific principles cannot be ignored; we can pretend we have lots of time yet, but the science disagrees. Two degrees (or more realistically, 1.5°C) does not seem much to fuss about, but irreversible tipping points are likely above this level. Imagine driving your car at high speed while having a strong possibility of the brakes being defective! Consequences!
Wow. The commercial world amazes me sometimes with its machinations.
Photos of our culture as it is! not how we like to think it is.
A step in the right direction — our civilization desperately needs new models of governance, models which lead to the valuing of human activity in ways that provide guaranteed incomes, health benefits, and ongoing education.
Canada’s progress is slow, but overall steady. My basic concern is that it is not enough.
‘Love Thy Neighbor?’ (20170701)
Well worth reading. The story of a Muslim physician with a US mid-West practice.
THE CLIMATE MOBILIZATION BEGINS IN L.A. (20170621)
As previously indicated, I am an advocate of The Climate Mobilization — I believe it is the only way in which our species will be able to survive, let alone thrive. As part of the rebound effect created by Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Accord, California has now recognized the need for such massive mobilization concerning global warming.
A story of courage and the structure of much of our modern society — those who speak out usually get punished in some way. Reminds me of how the society represented by Nineteen Eighty-four (George Orwell, 1949) would have been initiated.
A dense but readable article on Transnationalism and the Transnational Capitalist Class, in which market forces created by a small group of people determine much of the fate of the world. Such is not consistent with true democracy, and not an easy system to oppose.
Two links for those who attempt to follow the Trump-Russia morase; I find the entire issue to be incredibly complex and difficult to follow. It must be equally difficult for those who are tasked to deliver conclusive reports, especially since the issues represent the depth of deceptiveness and collusion within our so-called democracy. Such clandestine affairs; probably they have always been part of the struggle for power and domination, but are so much more sophisticated today.
Interesting commentary on how information is gathered in today’s high tech world, as well as the risks imposed by Trump’s tweeting.
Bicycling never gets old! (20170622)
A good description of the history of bicycling, and an emphasis on the benefits of bicycling. I used to enjoy it, although I have not yet taken up the modern aspects of long distance cycling nor the hype on new (expensive) technology.
Mr. Mueller Is Following the Money (20170615)
A rather crude article, but it hits all the sore points of this insanity of politics.
The responses to the testimony.
Cashing in on the Rise of the Alt-Right (20170616)
The strange nature of our society, as it becomes more polarized.
WTF is going on in the UK? (20170609)
Strange politics is also part of other areas of the world.
A potential harbringer of the future.
New Solar Milestone Has Big Consequences (20170606)
Progress is slow, but ongoing.
A good summary of Trump issues.
A good article on local action regarding the off-loading of consumer costs, and the possibility of legal challenge — a slow, but necessary, step in a more mature process.
Protecting oceans is paying off (20170608)
Jack Kornfield often has brief but intersting comments of living with the insanity. My own stance is that we need much greater emphasis and availability of teaching on how to do this work. Otherwise such articles simply become another ‘should’ of how we should live.
A good summary of the multiple reactions to Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Accord.
We may be surprised at how things play out… (20170603)
I’ve previoiusly noted the possibility that Trump’s exit from the Paris Accord may have surprising outcomes — this article also supports that.
Why Orwell’s ‘1984’ matters so much now (20170125)
Likely an accurate metaphor for the Trump era.
President Trump’s Epic Fail on Paris (20170601)
The deed is done; now we see the blowback.
Oil and plastic are choking the planet (20170525).
Excellent article on renewable alternatives.
What is Universal Basic Income? A brief history. (20170525).
Having attended a TED talk on the advantages of Guaranteed Income, I have become a strong advocate. It potentially have major benefits in eliminating poverty, and promoting much better health and education as well as significant reduction of crime.
Like many aspects of modern technology, the dark side is significant. There are many legal ramifactions, especially in the use of gene pools for further technological advances.
Global warming continuing to worsen. (Are you surprized?)
The Disappearing Data Project (20170522)
The continuing dangers associated with American politics.
An astounding statistic!
The Long, Twisted, and Bizarre History of the Trump-Russia Scandal (20170324, with ongoing updates)
American politics is incredible, and determines much of the fate of the world.
Global warming issues as presented by reliable reporters.
More environmental catastrophes!
If we ever decide to resolve our cultural difficulties, it is women who will lead.
Comments on global warming, especially the current politics.
Most of us are overwhelmed with data, and we have a huge need to take a break from technology.
The Broken Mirror, a Fractured Movement and the 2016 Elections (2016 November 6)
We live in such a complex culture, currently in painful decline. Unfortunately it will get worse before it gets better (if at all).
Examples of greatness within the unraveling of our culture.
The denial of the unraveling.
Post-truth — how complex the world is becoming!
All the ways in which we distort information to bring our desired meaning.
The complexity/duplicity of politics depends on how it is viewed.
the complexity of the disinformation processes
Exploring the multitude of factors surrounding our inability to resolve global warming
US Congressman John Lewis has recently stated
Another example is this blog post from Jim Garrison
The insanity of current US politics
First, some fascinating technological innovations
Second, some commentary on civil disobedience.
Climate Disruption Dispatches with Dahr Jamail
The best source I know for reliable information regarding our current climate
Two excellent articles on reconquest consciousness — rare examples as to what human beings are capable.
Selected responses to the election of Donald Trump as future President of the USA
YouTube videos with up-to-date information regarding global warming
An example of what may come, and its consequences
Ezra Silk’s commentary on our social dilemma.
The inadequacy of Canada’s response
Sources of information in my attempts to understand the energy issues in the Vancouver area.
I encountered the book Cosmic Consciousness in 1975 when I was six months into the spontaneous occurrence of it in my life. The book validated my experience, and in particular the description from page 72 to 75 was totally accurate of an encounter with mystery that totally transformed my life.
David Suzuki’s notes that humans are the dominant predator of the world, yet our common characteristic is that we degrade ecological systems. Healthy predator-prey relationships improve system resilience, and thus we fail abysmally as predators, further evidence of how unhealthy we are as a species.
The Court That Rules The World (20160829)
Consistent with the adage “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely,” there is much in the modern legal system that does not reflect justice, but merely legal maneuvering — a sad state of affairs with respect to the possibility of a mature culture.
A World At War (20160815)
McKibben: Time To Declare A War … (20160815)
Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org, indicates “We’re under attack from climate change — and our only hope is to mobilize like we did in WWII.”
An excellent presentation detailing the many factors involved in global warming.
Past presents warning on greater warming (20160715)
Recent documents that allude to the worsening of our climate, such that we are very close to the edge, if not already starting to fall.
Recent research suggests that 54% of people … acknowledge high risk
A huge number of people are aware of the dangers of global warming; they need somehow to be mobilized (I will do a future post to look at this).
There have been a variety of investigations of the nature of evil, but it is not a topic that is easy to explore.
Long, detailed, but very good.
Far too complex for me to understand. I would need to get a degree in Economics (to add to my collection).
I have therefore joined the Climate Mobilization in its pledge of action.
Malcolm Gladwell’s Revisionist History presents interesting commentary how people function, in this case the threshold of anxiety that prevents change.
Margaret Klein Salamon’s writings describe the many ways in which people ignore the reality of global warming.
The average temperature for the first quarter of 2016 is 1.48°C, at the temperature level of the non-binding Paris COP21 agreement. The fact that our culture is NOT in emergency response is insanity!
see here for excellent visual representations
Dramatic visual presentations of what is happening. Scary!
It is likely that, by 2°C, we will have irreversible changes
Even more scary!
The scientific community is in agreement (at least 97% consensus)
But the political morass wages on!
A good talk on the numerous ways in which the difficulties of modern life wear us down.
The Climate Mobilization (previously referenced 20160728)
For me, The Climate Mobilization organization is an effective stance for challenging the issues of global warming. I have taken their Pledge to promote discussion of and political challenge to our current dilemma.
A brief video showing the potential changes that can be made to modern cities.
An artistic presentation of a possible future city. The work has been donated to the University of Cincinnati Foundation for use in architecture, design and urban planning. Prior to the death of the artist, I had his verbal permission to use his work.
Gaian Democracies (previously referenced 20160629)
The appointment of Barry Johnson as UK Foreign Secretary has stirred widespread concern of the risks to our culture of falling into greater pain. We live in such interesting times!
More information on how dire our status is as we approach the edge of destruction.
There is a huge need for maturity in the leadership of a mature culture. Recent events in Britain are not good examples.
Barry Johnson’s work on polarity management as a way of understanding difficulties is an important addition to my understanding.
Roy Madron and John Jopling present a detailed study of how democracy would function in a mature culture.
A modern process that may make for much more effective organizational functioning.
Gradually in our culture, there are emerging groups that offer deepening of community processes. Tamarack in Kitchener Ontario seems to be one of these organizations.
Scientific materialism is the philosophic ontology (perspective on the nature of being) which dominates modern life; it assumes that only physicality exists. Especially it assumes that consciousness is physically based in the brain, and that when we have explored the neurosciences enough, we will understand the nature of mind. It is not a perspective to which I ascribe.
Neoliberalism is the ideology (a comprehensive normative collation of beliefs which define the individual) which underlies modern consumerism, and its ills. It assumes that only the marketplace is of importance, and that competition is the defining characteristic of human relations. I recommend the book The Parable of the Tribes as a study of the nature of power as the underlying key to civilization and its ills.
Richard Rohr’s Daily Meditations, 20160621
On the importance of unconditional and conditional love.
The reactions expressed in this BBC article suggest to me a man of emotional immaturity, someone at high risk of self-righteousness, and therefore highly unlikely to be committed to cooperation, let alone his own personal growth.
2016 predictions on potential temperature rise
2013 predictions of the impact on species
A good site for current information on global warming, including the daily levels of CO2, with comparisons of past data.
A very good summary of the impact of global warming, from one degree centigrade to six degrees.
(The news sometimes sounds good, but . . . . Fortunately one of my sources often highlights important details.) The article includes: But … then listen to the rest of the news . . ., and then indicates many issues whereby the promises are potentially invalidated.
(I subscribe to the blog of Richard Rohr, Center for Action and Contemplation (cac.org). I find him to be one of the most spiritually mature individuals that I have encountered. His reflections offer much for those seeking personal and cultural maturity.) Eric Fromm, in his classic book The Art of Loving, states that the healthiest people he has known are those who received from their two parents and early authority figures a combination of unconditional love and conditional love.
I am not against guns; I am against the insanity that allows private massacres such as are common in our current society. As a physician myself (albeit Canadian), I am almost ashamed that they (the American Medical Association) have not pushed hard for public research prior to this.
She delineates the absolute need to know your “enemy” — he/she is human too.
We are approaching a time when the technological issues of climate change will be resolved. Other indicators are: David Suzuki’s summary of feed-in tariffs. and ThinkProgress’s summary on lithium-ion battery technology.
The status of this woman can be corroborated (it is in the public record of the legal system) — but it is not in the public record of the media blitz that is so invasive. For me, it is essential to maintain both discussion and privacy.
Added 2014 July 18
(Illustrating the difficulty of changing behaviours by rational information) greater scientific literacy and numeracy were associated with greater cultural polarization: respondents predisposed by their values to dismiss climate change evidence became more dismissive, and those predisposed by their values to credit such evidence more concerned, as science literacy and numeracy increased
(Illustrating the difficulty of changing behaviours by rational information) a large number of psychological studies have shown that people respond to scientific or technical evidence in ways that justify their preexisting beliefs.
(a vital distinction in creating a vision) we all have blinders in some situations. The question then becomes: What can be done to counteract human nature itself? . . . paradoxically, you don’t lead with the facts in order to convince. You lead with the values—so as to give the facts a fighting chance.
Added 2014 July 15
David Suzuki is both an entertaining speaker as well as an internationally acclaimed environmental activist.
For First Time, California Gets Ready For Mandatory Water Restrictions (from 20140714 Thinkprogress.Org)
(Illustrating our cultural acedia) Californians have been looking to the sky all year for signs of rain, and in January Gov. Jerry brown declared a drought emergency and asked for voluntary cuts by residents of 20 percent. A board survey recently found that statewide water use had declined by just five percent since then.