Say Goodbye to the Holocene Epoch

26 05 2015

Collapse of Industrial Civilization


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Mankind’s exothermic machine of industrial civilization recently blew past the 400ppm CO2 mile post, causing a few passengers to exclaim, “Homo sapiens have never existed at these levels of heat-trapping gases!” Hundreds and even thousands of years will pass before the full aftermath from our fossil fuel orgy plays out, but we’ll see plenty of nasty surprises in feedback loops and tipping points this century, perhaps most notably sea level rise. Another area of glaciers once thought to be stable has fallen to the human CO2 spike which is occurring 14,000 faster than natural processes and 10-200 times faster than the PETM extinction event. Every so often I feel the need to try to wrap my mind around these horrific statistics and re-examine our place in time as we continue whistling past the graveyard. Keeping in mind that we have yet to take our foot off the gas pedal of economic growth, I’ll try to make sense of what we…

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26 05 2015
Robert Callaghan

Why Naomi Klein And Bill McKibben Are Fibbin’
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Do the math.

1 Acre < ½ Hectare

In order for us to stay below 2°C, the IPCC says we need 500 million hectares (1 billion acres) of Farmland so we can extract carbon directly from the air using Bio Energy Carbon Capture & Storage. A fancy way of saying we promise to bury charcoal made from burning plant fibers. The acronym for this is BECCS. The real acronym for this is BS. 500 million hectares of farmland is about the size of India. That's a lot of Farmland. Yet, we are losing soil at twice the rate we need to grow it just to be able to eat.

Scientific American says humanity only has 60 years of human agriculture left to us because of the rates of soil degradation, depletion and outright loss.

Also, because we add 1 million new people to earth every 4½ days, we will have to grow more food over the next 50 years than we ever grew in all of the last 10,000 years, combined.

To do this, we will need 6 million hectares of new farmland every year for the next 30 years. But, we are actually losing 12 million hectares of farmland every year. That's twice the rate it needs to grow.

On top of all this, in just 10 years from now, 66% of humanity, or roughly 4-5 billion people, will be short of fresh water, with nearly 2 billion people being severely short of fresh water. Try growing food without water and soil and see how far you get.

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