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The Anthropocene

StewartBrandIsRad

Stewart Brand is pro nuclear power and that's ok.

…Because this is what’s happening. With climate change, we’re looking at a situation where us environmentalists, instead of protecting natural systems from civilization, we’re now trying to protect civilization from a natural system, which is climate responding to our apparently excess greenhouse gases. And if they go ahead as we are today, then we won’t get a stable climate until maybe five degrees Celsius warmer, which is exactly what it was 55 million years ago, in the Eocene-Paleocene Thermal Maximum. There’s no rainforests in that world. There’s carrying(?) capacity for maybe 1.5 billion of us in that world, and it would be tough getting from the seven billion we have now to the 1.5 billion.

What we want is, somehow, to keep the civilization-friendly climate we’ve had for the last 10,000 years going for another 10,000 years. That would be nice. And then we’d get to keep having a civilization. So, in light of that, some different things are green than they used to be, back when the modern environmental movement took shape in the 1970s. Some of our ideas and methods from then don’t really apply now….

…We are now in an era called the Anthropocene, an era in which humans are running way too much of the atmosphere and everything else badly. We’re in this situation where we don’t have a choice of stopping terraforming. We only have a choice of terraforming well. That’s the green project for this century.

Stewart Brand

Global Collapse linkpiece [recommended reading]

Unfortunately this is a serious post.

Jan Lundberg on a post-petroleum future:

The trucks will no longer pull into Wal-Mart. Or Safeway or other food stores. The freighters bringing packaged techno-toys and whatnot from China will have no fuel. There will be fuel in many places, but hoarding and uncertainty will trigger outages, violence and chaos. For only a short time will the police and military be able to maintain order, if at all. The damage that several days’ oil shortage and outage will do will soon wreak permanent damage that starts with companies and consumers not paying their bills and not going to work.

After an almost instant depression seizes the modern industrialized world, and nation-states break down, the frantic attempts of people to feed themselves, stay warm and obtain fresh water (pumped presently via petroleum to a great extent), there will be no rescue. Die-off begins. The least petroleum-dependent communities will survive best. These “backward” nations will be emulated by the scrounging survivors of the U.S. and the rest of the “developed” world, as far as local food production will be tried – in a paved-over, toxic landscape by people who have lost touch with the land…

Serious reading for a petroleum-heated afternoon in San Francisco:

  • Automatic Earth –  ”40 ways to lose your future
  • Also from Automatic Earth: “Renewable Power – Not in your life time
  • Blog: Baseline Scenario
  • Blog: Zero Hedge
  • GlobalCorp (FTW Archives)
  • And below “United States Healthcare Spending” via National Geographic

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  • North Atlantic Conveyor Belt Collapse [weather hurts]

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    …apparently the North Atlantic Conveyor belt has collapsed. That’s the only thing that makes living in Europe possible. There was a lot of buzz about this in 2003-2004 (I think) when a DoD report was released warning that such an event was possible, even likely, as a result of global warming. Those stories were clear and vitually unanimous that such a collapse would lead to a near-instant ice age for most of Europe. The fact that Ireland (and the rest of Europe) is having its coldest winter in a hundred years makes this a true emergency to evaluate. (read more at Mike Ruppert)

    The collapse of the North Atlantic Conveyor belt was thought to have caused a cold period 1,300 years long known as the Younger Dryas during the Pleistocene period. We may be seeing the beginning of a new cold cycle–a rapid decrease in temperature affecting Europe that could begin as soon as May.

    States in Fiscal Peril

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    via Global Economic Analysis. For more upbeat news, check out today’s FTW.