YOU CAN. HELP – ACTIONS FOR CLIMATE WARMING. 5 May 2016
As teachers we have a special sensitivity to children. When you say, ” I can do nothing” you are helping to kill children. We need an ever increasing network of people to stop climate change. Here are some ways to start. But perhaps we need a reminder as to why.
Robbin Wylie writes an interesting history of the decline of the Mayans. He says there was a mega drought that lasted a century off and on. Also the Mayan’s may have exacerbated it by clearing the land so the land would not hold water. We are now into global heating and droughts and as well have cleared the land so it holds little water causing floods as Winnipeg is too familiar with.
New projections state that China and India will have their food production reduced by 20%. Big cities will not feed their populace. India’s record heat hit 51 degrees C about may 19, 2016. (ENN) China is busy locking in resources from Africa which the Africans also struck by drought drastically need. African desertification may displace 60 million people from agriculture which contributes 40% of their GDP. (ENN 12 May 2016) By contrast Canada’s food production is estimated to rise by 5% but only 5% of our land is arable. On top of that the earth can only sustain a certain population before ecosystems break down. We are drastically over populated and need birth control everywhere. When the populations are in balance ecosystems will no longer die.
There are MANY ways that climate warming impacts us.
NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies says the middle east drought is the worst since 1100 CE, “you have the potential for large scale disruption of food systems as well as potential conflict over water. resources”.
A “Lifestyles 55” article May 2016 says, “Fatty acids EPA and DHA have a direct relationship to cardiovascular , immune system , neurological function, vision and reproduction. Ryerson University research shows climate warming may have a significant negative effect on reproduction of these omega -3 fatty acids in algae which may lead to cascading effects ..in an overall decline of these nutrients for human well being.” Other research shows there is currently “barely sufficient to meet the nutritional demand of the human population.”
Megalophobia in The Economist of April 30, 2016 the efforts of Beijing and Shanghai using hukou – a license to buy lots and use schools, which aim to keep rural folk from moving into their paradise like mega cities, while food supply diminishes make such big cities the mausoleums of the future. A long time resident of Hong Kong said he believes about half the population lived from hand to mouth. But life cannot be isolated from nature and natural ecosystems. We do not live on food alone but on earth’s diverse ecosystems ability to sustain us all. They are not able to and we are now in a state of decline. Climate warming is only one bell weather of the problem. The impact of certain inventions make consumption ever more efficient and leave toxic enviornments behind. But the true measure is the viability of the earths ecosystems to support human masses which they now
are not. Fort McMurray is another measure of that. We need broader thinkers. Any one stuck on economic measures by wealth will not do. I have seldom if ever seen the Economist marry ecosystem health with economy.
That magazine needs to mature. They need to understand carrying capacity of the earth, economy and social needs are all based upon earths bio-physical characteristics as the foundation of everything. Even earth quakes tell us that. This is the secret to life on earth and the meaning of life. Good to know that!
The actual new reality is represented by, “A recent tender in Mexico will generate electricity at record low costs of $40. a megawatt per hour -cheaper than natural gas or coal.” (The Economist, April 16, 2016. p 12)
Now what action do we take? Since change is needed on a broad base we need to write letters to elected representatives, media broadcasters, the press, use social media – face book etc. Write to your personal connections and to friends, school principles, school boards, curriculum branch. For certain to someone in another country. Some good points are in italics.
Write letters to the Prime minister first remind him 1) his first duty is to protect Canadians. This also means having a larger view of what is happening t.o the earth – climate heating. Ask for a reply within two months and write to your elected representative.
Write to the mass media and insist 2) they quit hiding the impacts of fossil fuel caused climate warming. The fire at Fort McMurray is a climate event.
Fossil fuels caused emissions impact health 3) encourage the use of electricity wherever possible.
4)Subsidies to fossil fuels should be transferred to create green energy incentives. Remember fossil fuels caused the deaths of 47 people in Lac Megantic. Petroleum killed people, not trains. The train loaded with cement or wood would not likely have killed at all. The Fort McMurray fire is a climate warming event. While Peter’s guest on the National CBC, said one could not attribute a climate cause to this particular fire. But a recent study stated that
5)” with 95% statistical confidence the hot air, high winds, dried forest and 33C degree temperature would not have occurred without the added fossil fuel carbon dioxide and methane in the atmosphere.”
Ask politicians 6) to pass an Act to impose penalties for fossil fuels and rewards for green energy.
Try to reduce burning natural gas. Add solar panels to your rooftop. Ask 7)Hydro to build in some disaster costs to their natural gas price. Solar is now much cheaper than fossil fuels since the fossil fuels have not paid for the disasters they cause. In the murders of the 4 RCMP officers justice required jail for the man that gave the murderer his gun. If justice is fair and this applies to Ft. McMurray fire, that is if cause and effect principles were treated the same as in the murders of the 4 RCMP then the petroleum companies would pay the costs. Is justice fair? With the current death ragtes if the major oil producing nations are not on a fast track to reduce fossil fuel production, then their leaders are complicit in these death rates and in crimes against the environment.
We have to reverse the CO2 in the atmosphere. With jobs being shut down due to wildfire and hardship in Fort McMurray, ask the PM 8)to introduce a large solar panel and wind program to employ the people affected.
Reduce your carbon dioxide footprint 9) Take care how often you use appliances.
We need rapid change to green energy. In the second WW we geared up for War in one year. 10) We can certainly gear up for change to electricity instead of fossil fuels in a few years.
There is a need to change community layout and building codes need to change and to 11) change toward electricity used in codes for buildings and for transport.
We always have to remember the human population is a long way over the carrying capacity of the earth, and it doesn’t matter what corporations, politicians and religions say. It matters when we don’t fall into line and reduce demands on the biological basis of the earth.
We need to do this today! There are many NGO’s that help and there is much on line about how to help reduce climate impacts. See subjects on line:
* ” Top ten things you can do to help”
“Take action to fight climate change”
“Ten ways you can help stop climate change”
— and much more.
Politicians Policy Directive 9 Apl 2016
It seems we are in an increasingly rapid period of change. During the
pre industrial era things were probably somewhat stable. Then industrialization brought on by the iron industry and steam power and a little later automobiles and aircraft created a stimulating swing in change. Ford did not make a fortune under these influences by endorsing the horse and buggy but by producing assembly lines for model T’s.
Similarly recently we have had the computer revolution and a rapid support of the technology gave us large advances. Today we have another equally as large a technology change though more accelerated by push as well as pull. It is the energy revolution and the fossil fuel caused climate warming problem along with its costs.
The difficulty is we are not treating this revolution the same way as we did the automation revolution of cars and planes nor like the computer revolution, both quickly endorsed.
Rather than responding to the new revolution as we did in the past we support the old fossil fuel platform in Alberta, which is like supporting the horse and buggy instead of the Ford assemble lines for model T’s. Today though the writing is on the wall for fossil fuels creating climate warming. Fossil fuels caused CO2 has heated oceans creating the conditions for climate change giving us: storm, flood, wildfire, rivers in the sky deluge and mudslides but most of these have a local impact and we can write them off. Even thought they mount up to $ hundreds of billions globally they are not considered by global capitalism’s economic model.
Using this model fossil fuels companies have swindled the government by denying that they should pay these fossil fuel caused climate costs – at one trillion dollars per year globally. We need the of common sense that occurred during the former revolutions.
Sadly we still:
1. Subsidize fossil fuels and
2. Do not requires the fossil fuel industry pay the full costs of its production.
3. Bend to an archaic industrial horse and buggy era. We forget to analyze and compare the Alberta management fiasco; Norway has a multi hundreds of $billions of slush fund which it uses for the advancing the benefit of the nation. Alberta has a net debt due to its bungled management of a one time one era resource.
4. There is another unfortunate event ; After the changes of the 18C to 20C we still apply an outdated economic model that now costs more than it produces.
As the fossil fuel climate warming catastrophe ramps up costs are increasing by geometric proportions. Most of which we have still not factored into the futures market. We are discounting the need of a healthy future for our children.
But the second phase is that the fossil fuel crisis is now becoming more evident.
1. Tropical disease in spreading at a time when drug companies reduced their research on antibiotics.
2. Sea level rise is increasing with storm surges in synch creating more disastrous storms such as hurricane Sandy NY and Rita at New Orlean. More harmful storm surges are in part a product of melting ice, warming oceans and expanding water a one million chil;dren a year diing from climate warming. and and these combine forming higher surge tides.
3. Agriculture is taking a hit from climate warming within the sensitive zones experiencing drought; which cause expanding deserts globally but more critical droughts in the Sub Sahara, Australia, North China, India the Mediterranean area, and SW USA and the SW Canadian prairies, amongst other places.
This is causing a 20% reduction in food supply in China and also in India and an increase of 5% in Canada. Who will die of starvation first? Chinese stats reported 1.6 million dead from pollution each year, most likely from burning coal to produce electric energy and for using fossil fuels for heating buildings and for transportation. This suggests about one million children dieing form fossil fuels each year. Who would support such policies?
Now tell me that it is important to support Alberta’ s policy of producing fossil fuels, climate warming and a high death rate for children! Should we not rather help them shift to a modern economy.
The structure of Trudeau’s budget may be OK but the substance of it is a way off target in this one respect.
Ghomeshie Trial March 2016
I find there is something of special interest about the Ghomeshie trial. I believe I have read that there are differences between the male and female brains. Surely one is programmed for birth and nurturing, the other for getting food and protection of the family. It seems sensible the brain would need to emphasize different things depending on programming: different emphasis and pathways.
Certainly for the ladies, in my limited understanding of the female brain, it is important to see motivation as critical. When a woman is in love it may occur like a bolt of lightening or over warm feelings over time. For a man it may be the same or sex but remember he has more physical power. Given that motivations drive action would it be fair to say the motivations and consequent action and I emphasize action, are different for men and women. In less regulated society force often becomes involved. But since men are stronger than women and they know it, that changes actions for many, both on the receiving and giving end. This alone may make it necessary for the accusing complainant to be able to question the accused and see if his words ring true. So when one is in a trial where the issue is abuse of a woman it seems the words of the accused as to whether he did those things or whether he would be prepared to lie become critical. Otherwise it plays to the strength already of the male despite the principle of ‘innocent until proven guilty’.
Now when the trial is played out as a trial of the plaintiffs words rather than on the central action of abuse, which was considered to be at the root of crime, it seems there is a step missing in Canadian justice. Perhaps it just becomes more evident for women. After all a man in the woman’s place would have hit the guy back. (I realize there are other complications). This again seems to bias the trial. I understand that the judge found the accusers words brought the question of doubt into play. Should not both parties have the opportunity to cast doubt?
I don’t understand law but I ha but I had the terrible feeling that:
1. We were not bringing the accused to trial but rather the accusers, and that
2. There is a need to understand male and female roles on societies diversity of behaviours that were perhaps critical to this trial.
Perhaps too much seems to be designed for men. For men there is an other aspect to the glass ceiling. How is it women who give birth and care giving that are the most important jobs in society are given to the “weaker sex”? When men do good work they are paid more, and may spend a part of that on themselves and on the family. When women raise children well, love of mother improves but all society benefits.
When writing code of the programs on the internet, much of what is out there is the product of the creator. Surely code is the ethical responsibility of the creator and so perhaps of the negative product of such software.
At issue is the context of how people behave. Take a young boy who grows up in a abusive home. His father beats him. The father tiring of his wife says , “I am leaving.” The little boy immediately says , “Dad don’t go. Don’t Go.” The boys whole social psychological identity is in the family .
When a man and woman encounter a potentially harmful situation the man’s response would most likely be well, this other fellow had a hand in it, I am not wholly to blame. The woman on the other hand may self evaluate and say I wonder if I could have done something different that could have created a better outcome. The woman in self evaluation is reflecting the evolutionary child rearing principles. She cannot blame the child. She has to make herself better. Only in this way do we get healthy children.
All systems of society have changed over time: livestock rearing, agriculture, political systems ( dictatorship is stuck in time and is a retrograde system.) Economy is suffering through a 20th C model that no longer fits today. It must evolve to suit what we now know about the earth. Even the law which has not changed rapidly now needs to change. A modern law may well have seen a different outcome in this case. We need a new law that takes into account the different evolved behaviours of men and women. In law design perhaps we need some: psychologists, biologists, physicists to bring our system up to date. There is much more breadth and depth in this question.
When will men see their glass ceiling and what would be the consequence if they did? It seems men the fighters need to back off politically to women the talkers and maybe there will be more harmony across nations. We need to recognize dictatorships are a system frozen in time, as are many mythologies that demand behaviours based upon understandings of a century or more ago. Too bad global capitalism can’t impose sanctions on dictators, but we are not bright enough yet it seems. International law also needs changes. For all, function should also influence form of the law. Functions for men and women have always been different. In law this needs to be recognized especially when it comes to sex.
I hope for better for my grand daughters.
INVESTIGATION TO HELP GUIDE HUMAN BEHAVIOUR 3 FEB 2016
It seems there is a need for a complete understanding of the theories of the universe by joining theories of thermodynamics and relativity and perhaps of the multiverse. That is of course the job of physicists and astronomers.
There is a simpler level of inquisitiveness that needS to be addressed to solve some of our prickly disruptive problems like assuming we should believe in mythologies that do not allow birth control when overpopulation has caused over harvest and human population passing the carrying capacity of the earth. Mega deaths are in store. The current expectation is a 20% drop in food production for both China and India and a 5% increase in Canada while global population increases to 9 billion.
This investigation should apply the scientific process. It should deal with experimental proven systems of inquiry . It needs to deal with factual material life at the specific level but also at the blue sky umbrella approach to assembling connections between phenomena, testing and accepting and moving on.
So it should accept: erosion and deposition, climatic forces, subatomic particles, Higgs bosun, potential of dark matter and dark energy, systems ecology, chemical cycles, natural selection and evolution in the fossil record or geomorphological record and nano particle influences, light and energy waves and gravitational waves, virus and bacteria, chemical soups and origin of life apparently achieved in the lab now, astronomical observations, and the acceptance of life and perhaps civilizations come and gone in 13 billion years. That homo sapiens is perhaps 50,000 to 250,000 years old, upright apes perhaps a million years old.
The culture of competition and seeing other cultures as enemies and letting this broken view limit understanding of what seems to meet the simple measure of common sense although some would say relativity challenges the old idea of common sense. It seems we have to start with the more or less most advanced ideas.
The human brain is said to operate by electric chargers jumping synapses between the millions or billions of brain cells or neurons. This means it is an electric organ. But since it is electricity that operates the brain a very strong electro-magnetic pulse could possibly render the brain unconscious. I have read reports from a Laurentian University professor who stimulated the brain to essentially make the person see images perhaps what some might call ghosts, read about the electric charge stimulation of the brain through implants to stimulate more action in the brain for early patients of Alzheimer, or to stimulate feelings of heat, or tastes.
The brain seems to be able to generate as much electricity as needed to spawn those jumps between synapses. Some kind of condenser I suppose.
I recall my father said he built a crystal radio as a young person around 1925. I have read about the idea of transmigration of thought and if the brain is electrical and transmits between neurons it must also transmit to create the human aura. Now considered reality. But I have also heard that some people receive radio signals in supposedly a crystal like structure in their teeth fillings. So could the brain transmit a signal to another biological entity – transmigration of thought?
There is also a remark in Einstein’s work about “action at a distance”. It is the idea that the viewer has an action impact upon the object being viewed. I recall astronomers identifying a planet or celestial object that appeared to follow the behavior of another planet at some distance. One solution is that there could be another particle that travels faster than the speed of light. If so it offers a tantalizing new power thruster form.
Now we get into the scope of other life in the universe. Physicists and astronomers look for the Goldilocks zone on other planets of which there are now considered to be thousands or millions. So life it seems is guaranteed to exist elsewhere. One theory is that bacteria arrived on the earth via meteorites or ice objects. Evolution took over. But then it seems logical common sense that in 13 billion years in the Universe this process produced other civilizations that have come and gone. We cannot be so swell headed as to think we are the most intelligent life so there were/are civilizations well advanced beyond us.
It seems that with human observations of UFOs there is enough evidence to establish that UFOs exists. The many books by Sagan, Heyak, Dolan and many others have taken the doubt out of it. The USAF Blue book used to discredit vast amounts of evidence no longer has credibility in evidence of the advances of astronomers and physicists and works like Dolan’s. It is regrettable that the National Geographic follows the Blue Book line with no research in it’s “Are We Alone” current issue. In fact the USAF in a report “Item 5 paragraph 12 (Dolan p. 313) also restated that all radar evidence [and there is much] of UFOs was automatically classified and could not be discussed or revealed to the public”. Out reach to many computers may establish patterns of observations. At the very least we should follow the test of common sense for the thousands of observations of UFOs around the world. If it swims like a duck, if it flies like a duck, and if it quacks like a duck, then it is a duck. The purpose of the secretiveness is that there is hope of reverse engineering the power system of these UFOs and the fear that Russia or China wold beat the USA to this new power source. The approach seems to have been self defeating. It has been suggested that there could be an anti gravity power plant or something beyond that. There was a curious report of an east Coast USA ship having been accidentally transferred to a different location (Dolan, UFOs) and was described as a possible accidental discovery of UFO power phenomena.
In Dylan’s book there are many reports of UFOs that dive into the ocean. Many UFOs seem to be fully capable of undersea operation. Now it seems astronomers found several planets completely covered by seas. If they are water and are a source for oxygen then it is possible these planets could be wayside stations for UFOs.
There has been no explanation of crop circles except for a few hoaxes. The circular lay down of grass or grain could be explained by the observed rotation of UFOs. Not many are said to be very hot. The pattern of grain laying down in such a fashion could be a result of temporary landing sites.
If UFOs are this advanced it is likely they have been observing earth for hundreds of years (Dolan). If they had needed an alternative home they could easily have wiped out threatening lifeforms, they are never threatened by fighters and they can render people that approach them paralyzed or unconscious and likely also animals through the use of electro-magnetic pulses perhaps. Some witnesses have also, according to reports, talked with UFO visitors, so some have a command of English (Dolan,p.316). Not surprising since we translated mid eastern languages from the Rosetta Stone. Also they would certainly have many remote sensing devices. Furthermore because of their speed, power, threat capability and usual peacefulness their actions seem to be research based. Because of their likely long history with earth they no doubt have bio-physical knowledge and would know something about the bio-physical status of earth and over population. They may even have a speculation or considered prognosis on where earth viability will likely be in 100 or 200 years.
Their knowledge and status of earth seems to mean we would have a lot to learn from them. We should not approach them with firepower – useless in any event, but with a desire to gain knowledge. Sociologists claim humans are a social species and we do better with cooperation than with competition. The old ways need to be extinguished. The more so since cooperation is the best meeting ground for our fellow members of the galaxy.
We will be leaving this problem to the young who are brought up in the ways of computers and social media. New UFO contacts can be spread quickly. We should have a friendly strategy worked out. Send messages of greetings within our solar system and design a mutual regard strategy. Since the young are now used to Face Book and Twitter it may well behoove them to learn to communicate with a background of more than a fifty word vocabulary and a better understanding of such a complicated future.
If this all sounds too extreme, the young should know that those of us born many decades ago at a time of stooking, huge flocks of mallards and dominant rail transportation, are finding each of our next decades to be more and more extreme.
Fossil fuels warming our climate, destroying species at 100 to 1000 times the natural rate, destruction of ocean fisheries so jelly fish the survivors of the Precambrian seas once again becomes dominant and the oceans become eutrified due to: dead zones, current oil spills and WWll sunken ships, fossil fuel caused acidification and anoxic conditions that no longer nourish sea animals requiring large amounts of oxygen. When the seas die, we die is a usual refrain in climatological books and ocean studies.
Now there is a search for gravitational waves. Light can or electricity can travel as photons or as a wave. Does the Higgs particle play a role here, transferring a wave of energy to photon. But of course electrons are already particles with mass. Can matter in our known forms be transferred to a wave by the Higgs particle. Do UFOs travel utilize this as a power source?
So now we have it. Civilizations in our galaxy or beyond, fantastic speeds, phenomena that transcend mythologies, knowledge that immediately makes the capitalistic economic theory redundant, outpaced by improved knowledge. The mix of human survival has more to consider today. We ignore it at our peril. This peril is fast upon us in form of the fossil fuel caused climate disasters. We need students to work like flash crowds but we need computer flash gangs who first record sitings: location, date, probable purpose of visit, communication, record of communication to build a Rosetta stone for future design of consistent messaging, collation, recommendations.
Also Governments must deal climate swiftly. There is too much else waiting in the wings.
Manager of the CBC
re: The Weather and the National
I was watching the CBC weather late January 2016 and they never talk about weather/climate as if it is human controlled. To the meteorologists the Paris meeting and the events of climate warming, deaths in the millions and costs in the $ trillions become invisible. Real climate is caused by CO2 producing heating, which in turn produces el nino, which in turn produces our weather. So it is important to continue to bring out the relatedness so people do not forget the importance of doing what the weak agreement at Paris November 2015, required. It is our own salvation and the weather girl has a big responsibility. Education pays.
The economist that was interviewed on CBC National a couple days ago about
Jan. 27, went on about the importance of the oil industry and what hard economics tells him. However the economic models are left wing or right wing and nature or biology based. The model currently used by capitalism is developed as if the economic specialist in real terms according to his ideologue ideas, had lived on the planet mars IE. there are very few resources left. He would then not have to include biology in his model. However if he lived with that same economics model on mars he would find capitalism according to the current economic model used would cause the collapse of capitalism. This is exactly what Naomi Klein in, “This Changes Everything” is saying. The analogy is an exact forecast of the current models application to the living earth. We will ultimately build mars ll right here on earth. Total harvest of everything; water, plants, animals, minerals and as well wide distribution of toxic chemicals for a price until it is all gone – Mars ll.
Can the CBC no longer under Harper now become more responsible again?
As H.G. Wells put it, “History is a race between education and catastrophe.”
At no time could that be more true than regarding today’s permitted ignorance of petroleum climate warming causing increasing colossal disasters and the highly urgent need for solutions.
BEING HUMAN IN A MISFIT WORLD, JAN 15 /2016Murray
Today we have made the institutions that manage our world. But now they manage us and our world, out of control. One of these is corporate governance and its methods the capitalistic free trade designs. Bookchin said , “the power of capitalism to destroy is unprecedented in human history.” (Biehl, Ecology or Catastrophy p. x)
Today living in a corporatized world we do as corporations wish us and we find that the machinations of corporations are to reel in capital as much capital as possible for oneself first. Corporations have need to decrease costs, so their methods are to reduce pay for work to the lowest they can possibly achieve and since they control the terms of international trade agreements there is no lowest pay. Hence people’s labor and family welfare is increasingly disadvantaged. Capitalistic methods disregard ecology and thus they have: “degraded half the worlds soil in 50 years, acidified the oceans -some predict saltwater fish will be gone by 2050,” (Josiah Neufeld, Utmne Reader, p55. Fall 2015), destroyed global fisheries , cut over 70% of worlds forests , sent extinction rates to 100 or 1000 times normal background rates, contaminated water supplies, depleted aquifers, changed climate to melt glaciers rapidly, warmed climate rapidly by releasing CO2 into the atmosphere 50,000 times faster than it was sequestrated in the carboniferous period and threatened all life on earth some now, but hugely for the future.
We fight to the death over control, over resources far beyond what corporations need, over words that are just ideologies that do not relate to biological reality. The fighting is set about by corporate goals not human ones.
Corporations use such devices as style, status, competition to seduce people away from what really is human; socialization, cooperation, care for environs and maintaining carrying capacity as one man some time back cared for his farm land and kindness. We finds ourselves in an estranged land designed for corporations now fully in place, with few of the life asserting natural processes still in place. But even corporations which give the appearance of being in control are remanded finally to the fates of natural evolution and natural selection, but now we live on an earth context of having turned evolution back several millions of years.
So we have a world that related to what was its’ natural evolution is stressed and is no longer able to meet the needs of human kinds near as well as it once did. And still we persist in seeking those damaging goals of materialism, unadaptive technologies and constant reproduction without attention to carrying capacity.
Many large religions that influence billions in the world join with the capitalisitc philosophy by not accepting birth control. These have become the two great plagues on the earth , over population and over consumption.
The environmental fates are not immediately redeemable, we must live with the consequences of corporatism for centuries before we have any hope of limiting human activity to that which is sustainable on the old bio-physical earth. Perhaps we can start to clean up the misdemeanors of corporatism and the misguidance of beliefs that have supported this destruction. Where do we start? with sunny ways! Given the sun is part of the natural world, thence to photosynthesis, plant growth, and animals that depend upon plants, ecosystems and base our human processes totally on this foundation. Not on a foundation only of money a totally synthetic feeble base. As we today see stock markets are a money manipulation game,the big players can take more risk so the result is the markets centralize capital even further.
When we start to shift our policies and actions towards sun based goals we will have some chance of saving ourselves.
33% of soils have been lost in the last 40 years. (ENN Dec 15 ,2015)
Earth population targeted to rise to 9 billion people.
Expectation = starvation
Greenland ice cap melt rate is speeding up.
Extinctions could go to 30 or 50%
Large algae bloom in the oceans – could be signal of ocean ecosystem turnover as has occurred in the past.
Paris meet allowed for 2 degrees increase in heat – with the disasters we already have – no one projects how bad disasters will become at two degree rise in temperature.
ACTION: Write letters to as many country leaders around the world as possible. Focus on petroleum and coal producers: Saudi Arabia , Russia , USA, Canada, Iran, Venezuela, China.
2016 Jan 1 FUTURE BASED THINKING.
In Einstein’s papers it was stated that nothing traveled faster than the speed of light. In the universe however it appeared that one object’s action was influenced at some great distance by another objects action, the “action at a distance” Einstein refers to. This however would require the action process to travel faster that the speed of light.
It was the idea that at times an object which moved was to some extent reflected in that movement by a possibly related object with a then responding movement without an explanation as to how or why this could occur. It would require the intervening action to travel faster than the speed of light. In Einstein’s papers nothing traveled faster than the speed of light. Today there is the hypotheses that in terms of nano scaler technologies it is thought that there may be a particle that moves faster then the speed of light. There is the possibility or even the likely hood that there is such a particle. So it would allow for a whole new perspective on the universe. It would as an aside also allow for space travel between galaxies, an idea considered impossible up to today. This launches, like string theory and the multiple universes, an idea which is revolutionary. We cannot say it is impossible but we can say “how should one begin to disprove or prove it”. But there will always be those who say the world is flat and no further investigation is necessary. So it has been with the climate warming of our home planet.
But worse a belief system that threatens the earth biology is more satanic in its’ influence. Rather we humans have caused the earth climate to warm and we are sending the earth on a voyage that may not end without the extinction of 30 to 50% or more of species caused by humans burning fossil fuels; that over fishing and acidification of the oceans will send the oceans to an anoxic stage that may support only low oxygen demand creatures such as jelly fish. The oceans are the bottom of the food chain so this could mean the end of the human species.
In the in-term 40 years we have climate warming caused by humans burning petroleum related products increasing the GHG CO2 in the atmosphere to 400 ppm. It is several hundred thousand years since the atmosphere contained this much CO2 and when it once did in that distant past, sea levels were 70 feet higher. Some of the most disastrous events caused by this CO2 and the heating of the oceans were :hurricaine Sandy at NY which caused $50 billion in damages; the 2003 heat wave in Europe that killed 30,000, typhoon Naga in Burma 2009 that killed 128,000, and a second typhoon that killed 138,000. Some say the annual cost of fossil fuel caused climate disasters is one $trillion per year. Some have said the cost of not correcting this problem as soon as possible could lead to catastrophes that by 2100, would take the whole world GDP to correct. If one degree of warming caused all the problems we have now, what would 2 degrees of warming cause, and would we than be at the point of no return of being able to correct the problem at all. The Greenland glacier melting rate is speeding up, would 2 degrees of warming melt the Antarctic ice cap? The western shelf is now seen as at risk.
All these costs should be built into the costs of fossil fuels we buy to permit an accurate comparison between green energy and fossil fuels. It would in all likelihood show that green energy is much lower cost.
People with blinders on and Our politicians have failed us. How many more children will die?
Government as Leader. 2015, Nov 26
We need science to provide knowledge. We need knowledge as a foundation for free speech. We need free speech to develop representative government. We need representative government to ensure democracy. We need democracy to provide equitable laws to ensure continuity of democracy. Anyone who breaks this chain is guilty of the most serious crimes in Canada and should be prosecuted as such.
To return to democracy we need government to rescind the law(s):
1. Which Harper passed to make the electoral commissioner responsible to himself and make it an independent service.
2. Which Harper passed to permit his minister of justice able to review and change penalties imposed by the supreme court.
3. That are included in the Harper omnibus bills issues that the public has never seen and that are not totally democratic. This may have to be reviewed by a larger committee with public volunteers.
4. Redevelop a wheat marketing board that the majority of farmers voted for and cede barley and wheat marketing to that board exclusively.
5. Develop procedures with and for Unions to help reduce the massive division of wealth between the rich and the workers.
6. We need to allow judges to use their discretion in levying penalties. Too harsh penalties just add more people to jails as the USA experience has demonstrated .
7. The RCMP used to act as an independent agency. Harper made it responsible to a minister. It has to be independent with an oversight committee. Neither the Air Bus Affair or the Robot calls were fully instigated. Justice needs to be served.
Standard Measures of Economy 2015 OCT 25
Angus Deaton ‘s Nobel prize for a new economics model has been a long time coming. Economy has largely been measured by the dollar which had no standard measure. It was variably worth $35. to the ounce of gold and later $1900.
Other related dollars may be worth 60 cents US or $1.05 cents US. It was strictly an imaginary convention unlike temperature measured at the boiling point of water, it didn’t matter whether that space was divided into 100 degrees or 212 degrees. But without a measure anything could be placed under the system at any value one wanted to put it. For example fish had no value but fishermen and boats had a value. Forests had no value but the logging equipment, sales staff and government foresters had a value.
One could say that a dollar is worth the average amount of oatmeal it took to keep an average person alive for 24 hours and one would have a hard standard. For Deaton to say economics’ foundation must be upon “evidence based measure” is quite the step. Secondly he said the “average is not good enough.” One must cost the item dealt with as a mass or value of rarity or because of its functional importance in a series I would presume. Third “any theory should tally with the data.” That would rule out a lot of foolishness and misguided harvest and sales we accept today.
For example a few years ago a Japanese trawler was hauling in its catch. The jelly fish in the net weighed so much the trawler swamped. Jelly fish are exploding in population band because the predators, sharks, have been over harvested for shark fin soup and because of supposed nuisance. Jelly fish also will do better in a higher acidified ocean with lower oxygen levels (Mitchell – Seasick and Roberts -Ocean of Life) as in the Precambrian seas. Who pays the costs?
Similarly the Atlantic cod were fished out because they had no value and therefore no reason to save them. It was presumed the cod would be in the way of oil drilling and now the oil, fossil fuels consumption has caused climate warming and extreme weather events that have caused $ trillions in damage. But the fossil fuel companies have not paid for costs of: storms, disease, floods, droughts and deaths they have caused because there is no requirement for “the theory to tally with data”, and there are no particular measures. Destruction and about one million deaths per year have raised costs up to about one trillion dollars. It is surprising that the cigarette companies had to pay for the cancers they caused, why not the fossil fuel companies? The statistical connections are similar.
We may still be able to save the planet in the Paris meeting in Dec. unless the oil companies impose a hate mail campaign which in Canada is illegal and which also falsely increases the value of fossil fuels.