Scientific Mal-Practice from the Mann Himself

In an August the  5th 2018 article in Salon titled “On Climate Change it’s time to start panicking” Michael E Mann bare faced lies to an unsuspecting public saying that it is still possible to avoid a dangerous 2C temperature rise on this beleaguered planet.
“The good news is that humanity hasn’t passed the point of no return, at least when it comes to the total destruction of our species (we have definitely passed that point when it comes to avoiding any kinds of lasting consequences). If we are to stave off even worse examples of extreme weather than the hurricanes, wildfires, floods, droughts and heat waves we’ve already experienced, however, we need to start implementing intelligent policies — and do so now.”
At this point in the article I urge informed readers to get a bucket to spew into when you read the following orchestrated litany of lies from the Mann Himself;

“I would place a price on carbon,” Michael E Mann, a Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science at Penn State, told Salon by email. “Whether this takes the form of a carbon tax (a revenue-neutral carbon tax? fee and dividend? cap-and-trade?), I leave that to the policymakers to determine as long as they accept, as the premise for policy, what the science has to say about the reality and threat of climate change. The price on carbon needs to be set such that it leads to a reduction in carbon emissions of several percent a year for the next few decades. If we do that, we can avoid a catastrophic 2C (~3.5 F) warming of the planet.”

If the reader has been paying any attention at all regarding the unfolding catastrophe and is aware of all the tipping points we have already crossed, they will know that this goal is impossible and the statement a blatant lie from a world renowned scientist. The ‘Go to guy’ for the corporate media. How dire must the situation be for Mann to be lying blatantly like this?
How the fuck will a tax over “the next few decades” prevent us from crossing the 2C rubicon when we are already something like 1.7C above the 1700 baseline, the only one we should be using. Factor in the 10 to 30 year lag between cause and effect of our emissions and it’s clear 2C is an impossibility?
For pities sake, 2C is baked in now, not decades into a future that will never arrive.
I take no pleasure in calling Mann a liar but the facts speak for themselves.

I’ll give you a hint where this is going to and coming from; “He also rejected the idea promoted by many on the left that a lasting solution to global warming is impossible under a free-market capitalist economic system.” “I’m unconvinced that is true,” Mann explained. “In the past, market mechanisms for pricing environmental externalities have worked. We acted on acid rain and ozone depletion within a market economy framework. The real problem, in my view, isn’t the nature of our economic system, it’s the way that special interests and plutocrats have blocked the sort of common-sense market approaches to dealing with environmental problems that were once supported by democrats and republicans alike. The problem is the moral and ethical rot that now lies at the very center of the republican establishment, the lack of good faith and the total sellout to special interests and plutocrats.”Can you Smell a free-market capitalist rat yet?

Not only is the liar saying that market forces can fix this predicament, he’s blaming the Republicans. Hilary Clinton’s script writer couldn’t have put it ‘better’. Maybe they wrote it for him?
Mann is patently owned by the very same corporations that are grinding the living planet into dust.
We have covered previously on this blog the “Total Lack of Urgency” being shown by scientists when covering our predicament. Contrast that with Meyer Hillman’s owning up on his death bed; “Were Doomed, Meyer Hillman on the climate reality that no one else will dare mention” 
Typically The Guardian in their title above ignored the seminal work of Professor Guy McPherson who has been raising the extinction alarm since 2012.
Check out this excellent expose’ of Mann making a liar of himself “Irony of Inaction- With “Honest” MIchael Mann

There is no past analogue for the rapidity of what we are baring witness to.
There has been a flood of articles recently from very mainstream as well as alternative media about the climate crisis where they admit that 2C is no longer attainable and that we are heading for dangerous climate change ( appallingly Greenpeace said on twitter today that 1.5C is achievable !!!!! Now they are outright lying as well.)
The media have been forced to address the predicament because of the rapidity of change yet still they aren’t conveying the true severity of the unfolding catastrophe and the rapidity of the change.
I’ve repeatedly quoted Albert Bartlett with his seminal statement “One of the greatest shortcomings of the human race is it’s inability to understand the exponential function”. We are now in the non-linear stage of the unraveling, there are few alive who will understand how quickly it will fall apart from here on despite our efforts to convey the urgency of the situation.

Kevin Sandbloom from  Black Bear News  also calls out Mann and his ‘tax’ and  the nuclear industry for their lies in the following embedded link;  French nuclear productionreduced by 31 GW due to heatwave !! So much for Nukes saving the planet from climate change!
The two embedded links below cover both an overview of abrupt climate change and an explanation of the rapidity we should brace for;
Overview Of Abrupt Anthropogenic Climate Change

Edge of Extinction: Rate Matters

Utah Phillips

Posted in #Followthemoney, Abrupt Climate Change, Catastrophe, Feedback loops, Near Term Human Extinction--NTHE

Paul Beckwith, Gary Null and Kevin Hester analyse the rapidly unfolding Climate Catastrophe

Gary Null, founder of The Progressive Radio Network interviews for the “Progressive Commentary Hour” Canadian scientist Paul Beckwith and Aotearoa New Zealand climate researcher and activist Kevin Hester on the ongoing non-linear unraveling of the biosphere.
The episode is embedded here;
“Because of social taboos, despair at the state of our world and fear for our future are rarely acknowledged. The suppression of despair, like that of any deep recurring response, contributes to the numbing of the psyche. Expressions of anguish or outrage are muted, deadened as if a nerve had been cut. This refusal to feel impoverishes our emotional and sensory life. Flowers are dimmer and less fragrant, our loves less ecstatic. We create diversions for ourselves as individuals and as nations, in the fights we pick, the aims we pursue, and the stuff we buy.”
“Of all the dangers we face, from climate chaos to permanent war, none is so great as this deadening of our response. For psychic numbing impedes our capacity to process and respond to information. The energy expended in pushing down despair is diverted from more crucial uses, depleting the resilience and imagination needed for fresh visions and strategies.” Quote from Joanna Macy The Greatest Danger.

During the interview the studio played the audio from a brilliant You Tube animation created by artist Ken Avidor, titled “Countdown to Extinction”  embedded here; Countdown to Extinction

Illustration of black fist on red background

Corroborating links to issues that were discussed in the show are embedded below in no particular order;
I firmly believe that the true severity of the crisis cannot be understood without an understanding of Global Dimming;

Overview of Abrupt Anthropogenic Climate Change

Kevin Hesters “Nature Bats Last” show archive is embeded here
Paul Beckwith discussed the dangers of hitting Wet Bulb Temperatures.

President Niinistö in North Russia: ‘If We Lose the Arctic, We Lose the World’
What is it with scientists on their death bed fessing up about the severity of the crisis as Mayer Hillman does below?
‘We’re doomed’: Mayer Hillman on the climate reality no one else will dare mention

Posted in Abrupt Climate Change, Feedback loops, Gary Null, Paul Beckwith, Podcasts, Rapid Climate Change

The Climate and Extinction Crises on Black Bear News

Kevin Hester and Kevin Sandbloom from Black Bear News discuss the unraveling of the biosphere,the convergence of ecological collapse,the re-rise of fascism and the attendant risks as the planets ecology and social order both stumble toward collapse. The interview can be viewed on You Tube here;


“Because of social taboos, despair at the state of our world and fear for our future are rarely acknowledged. The supression of despair, like that of any deep recurring response contributes to the numbing of the psyche”,from The Greatest Danger by Joanna Macy

The Australian Bureau of Meterology currently has us on El Nino “Watch” with a prediction that we may enter a new El Nino in the southern hemisphere spring.
“An El Niño event has been predicted for the end of the year, leaving farmers already struggling with a devastating five-year drought facing disaster.The Bureau of Meteorology announced the odds of an El Niño system forming this year are now twice as high as normal.” Weather catastrophe: Farmers crippled by the ‘worst drought in 100 years’ are facing another TWO YEARS of scorching temperatures and no rain

I believe that the next strong El Nino will inflict the final blow for the Great Barrier Reef which is already in hospice due to previous recent bleaching events. Worldwide tourism accounted for 8% of global greenhouse gas emissions from 2009 to 2013

We are in the early stages of runaway global warming that will lead inevitably to the total loss of habitat on planet earth. What geoengineering lengths will the psychopaths in the military industrial complex go to to slow down the armageddon? I believe we will see an orchestrated nuclear winter. The Inevitability of Nuclear War and Subsequent Nuclear Winter When a nuclear detonation takes place, if your fortunate not to be in the targeted zone, question the empires narrative, the likelihood of a “False Flag” being used is very high.

To fully understand the severity of the converging crises we face it is imperative to understand that when civilisation collapses or a major event shuts down the airline industry we lose the cooling effects of “Global Dimming”. This was shown in stark relief when after 911 in the USA unfolded and commercial airline flights were cancelled for the first 3 days scientists recorded an immediate 1C + temperature increase.
View the BBC documentary Global Dimming here;

The interview with Professor Paul Ehrlich titled “The Annihilation of Nature” mentioned in the interview is embedded here;

Posted in Abrupt Climate Change, Collapse, Interviews, Near Term Human Extinction--NTHE

Activism is the rent I pay for occupying space in the most beautiful and complex biosphere we know of.

I was recently interviewed for an episode of “Moving Forward” by Rob Steimetz where we discussed the reasons why I have been an activist since my youth. Click on the “Moving Forward” link above.

We discussed how I became an ocean sailor, experiences with being in war zones in Ireland and Mozambique and running from rogue elements of the Israeli Defense Force in Kathmandu after I challenged their fascist behaviour.

The main purpose of the interview is to encourage young activists to become involved in social movements, to question everything, including the movements ‘leaders’ and to discover how rewarding it can be personally.

Some of the closest friendships I have formed over the years have been on the front lines of activism.

HART demo
I made a few enemies along the way as you could imagine challenging the nations “religion” Rugby.
In the early 1980’s HART, the New Zealand anti-apartheid organisation received a letter penned by Nelson Mandela in his prison cell on Robin Island where he wrote “You shone a ray of sunshine into a very dark cell”. One of my closest friends Marx Jones was imprisoned for flying a small plane over a game of Rugby at Eden Park when he threw out flour ‘bombs’ and a banner reading “BIKO”  , the You Tube video of the action is embedded here;

I was recently interviewed on national television in New Zealand about a dangerous stand of 100 trees that were poisoned and left standing on a cliff edge adjacent to a busy shipping channel. The article is embedded here

Fight racism, smash apartheid.


Posted in Activism, Social Justice

Professor Andrew Glikson “The looming Methane Time Bomb”.

The July 2018 episode of Nature Bats Last on The Progressive Radio Network covered two recent articles published by Professor Andrew Glikson from the Australian National University.
Professor Glikson was unable to connect for the live show so I read cruical aspects of the articles and have added my analysis and observations.
The audio is embedded here;
Central to the show was this article published in Global Research titled “The Methane Time Bomb and the Future of the Biosphere”.

Methane release from permafrost

“Early warnings are manifest. Expeditions along the East Siberian Arctic Shelf in 2011 led by the Russian scientists Igor Semiletov and Natalia Shakova identified a large number of km-size sea bed structures from which methane plumes were bubbling. The East Siberian Arctic Shelf (ESAS) is reported to be highly perforated and close to thawing”.

I quoted Joanna Macy from her article titled “The Greatest Danger” in context of talking about the severity of the multitude of crises we face; “Because of social taboos, despair at the state of our world and fear for our future are rarely acknowledged. The suppression of despair, like that of any deep recurring response, contributes to the numbing of the psyche.” As a “Blue Water” ocean sailing skipper, I am obliged to consider worst case scenarios and strategies in the event of a catastrophic failure of my vessel and the implications that could have for my passengers, crew and myself ( in that order). I suspect one of the reasons I am so involved and vocal in the climate/extinction crises, when most won’t even acknowledge their existence, is that my life experiences have prepared me for the unfolding shipwreck we are all experiencing. It’s not in my nature to avoid the issue, it would go against everything I have learned in 16 ocean passages and hundreds of coastal races and the experience of living in two war zones.  The Greatest Danger

During the show the studio played my oral presentation to the N.Z. Government Ministry of the Environment in 2015

I will be making another submission to the “Ministry of the Environment” where I shall quote Canadian scientist William Rees. At the 1hr 10min mark William Rees says “The Scientifically neccessary is politically unfeasable. The politically feasable is scientifically irrelevant”.Therein lies the nub of the predicament we find ourselves in. Nothing being proposed is relevant to the severity of the multitude of converging crises we face.

“As glaciers melt, sea levels rise at an accelerate rate and intense hurricanes and wildfires increase, by a factor of ~3 since early in the 20th century, unthinkable consequences of runaway global warming and nuclear wars loom. A new Orwellian age of fake news, half-truths, cover-ups and false flags is becoming the order of the day. The Orwellian Climate and Faustian Bargain
Professor Glikson has agreed to be my guest on the 7th August at 3p.m. E.S.T. on Nature Bats Last on PRN.FM  
Feel free to post any questions you’d like him to answer in the August episode directly in the comments section of this blog below.

Methane Bubbles

The photo above is methane bubbles percolating through the water column to the surface in the Arctic.

Before taking your children on “The Trip of a Lifetime” consider this;
“Tourism, including flights, hotels, food and even the production of souvenirs, emitted the equivalent of 4.5 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide in 2013, the most recent data available, or 8 percent of all man-made greenhouse gases, up from 3.9 billion in 2009, it said.” Indulging ourselves with tourism in a climate crisis is omnicide.
“Booming tourism emits 8 percent of greenhouse gases, study shows”.

Methane Fire

Burning methane on frozen lakes is a sign of the times!
More information on the methane risk below courtesy of Paul Beckwith;
Bubble Bubble, Methane Trouble


Posted in Methane, Podcasts, Rapid Climate Change

Buckle Up and Cut the Crap, we’re on the ‘Belt Road’ to Armageddon.

“The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) simply blows out of the water anything else that’s been attempted in human history.”
“As currently planned, it will involve some 7,000 separate infrastructure or extractive industry projects scattered across 70-odd nations, with a total price-tag of $8 trillion. It’ll span half the planet — from Asia to Africa, Europe and the South Pacific. It’ll affect every facet of human endeavor, in one way or another.”
It will be business as usual on steroids.

It’s way past the time that we need to get our heads out of our  arses or our slave owners ones and be realistic  about the fact that the juggernaut  we are strapped into has already careened off the cliff. The only two things I can see derailing this latest lunacy is war or the collapse of industrial civilisation, which is in-itself now an extinction event for our favourite species due to the loss of ‘Global Dimming’ ,with it’s attendant temperature spike and the meltdown of 350 + nuclear plants and their more horrific 1300 odd spent fuel pool fires.
I expect we’ll get both as the last few resource wars are fought to our bitter end.

To get a sense of perspective lets look at just one of the 7000 projects courtesy of The Third Pole

Will Two Chinese Dams affect the Belt and Road Initative?
“China Three Gorges Corporation (CTG)received the licence to develop the West Seti dam in 2011 after the Australian firm SMEC, which held the permit for over a decade, failed to raise investment for the project.”
“CTG representatives are now asking the government to guarantee a 17% return on investment besides issuing a sovereign guarantee. If these conditions are not met, they say the project will not be feasible.”
A 17% guaranteed return with a sovereign guarantee! Every predatory investor on the already crippled planet will compete for some skin in that ‘game’.

Now factor in the dire consequences of the other 6999 projects. Starting to get my drift are we?

By all means lower your carbon footprint however you can but lets keep a sense of perspective on where we are at. All the squirly lightbulbs, electric cars, solar panels, wind generators  and best of intentions in the world won’t mitigate the carbon footprint of a small fraction of this series of projects.
It’s way past the time that the so called alternative energy options are able to mitigate our predicament to date, especially considering the 10 to 30 year lag between emissions and when we see their full consequences manifest, let alone this latest nightmare. The inertia in the system is enormous.
We need to stop lying to ourselves and our youth that the department of capitalism that markets renewables to the unquestioning is a viable ‘alternative’ in the bigger scheme of things.

The carbon emissions alone from such a series of projects will be mind boggling but wait, there’s always more;
“In biodiversity and environmental terms, again, it’s the worst thing we’ve seen anywhere — and in the past forty years, I and my colleagues have seen some pretty horrific stuff in the Amazon, Africa, Southeast Asia and the South Pacific. I actually think the BRI will have a greater net impact on ecosystems than it does global warming.”

Recently on this blog I referred to the removal of 150 to 200 species every day as the ultimate game of Climate Change and Extinction Jinga  Imagine the chaos this proposal will have on the already precarious situation we find ourselves and our other earthlings  in!

More detail below on the “The Belt and Road Initiative” ;
China’s Global Energy Initative Could Bring Environmental Catastrophe;

It is imperative that we Join the Dots and be honest with ourselves and those we love when facing the climate/extinction crises. We are so  far up shit creek that the nonsense being espoused by the Green and Left Parties on renewables and carbon quotas by some far off date like 2030 or 2050 needs to be challenged and dismissed for the snake oil it really is. It’s little more than re-arranging the deck chairs on the Titanic after the stern has sunk below the irradiated, plastercised, hypoxic “Canfield Ocean”.
We are being distracted by corporate NGO’s that need you to sign near worthless online petitions and for you to send money for their very survival. Many of them are now little more than another one of the corporations that are grinding the living planet into dust. I saw a petition today that was petitioning the White House that Slaves Built. WTF are you thinking petitioning the White House? Whatever you’re smoking is making you delusional. Don and the other swamp rats await the rapture. Runaway abrupt climate change is a gift from their evangelical ‘God’.

If your reading this blog regularly, you’ll know that the situation is extremely dire from what we know but there is so much we have yet to grasp and uncover. There can only be a host of so called “Black Swan Events” waiting to appear when we least expect.
There is a veritable “Shit Storm” coming ready or not. Everything is happening faster than previously thought.

Shit Storm


Posted in Abrupt Climate Change, Catastrophe, Collapse, Energy Industry, Rapid Climate Change

Abrupt Climate Change and Extinction ‘Jenga’. The very last ‘game’ on Earth.

Since the dawn of Industrial Civilisation we have been involved in a giant game of Jenga and the pieces to the puzzle are our fellow earthlings. One by one we have been removing them from the intricate fabric of the biosphere and now as collapse is unfolding most sapiens fein surprise and shock. We cannot continue to condemn to extinction 150 to 200 species every day without eventually facing the consequences. That time is now, the piper is calling. Death by a thousand cuts to the biosphere is just that, extinction now beckons.
Everyone who has played ‘Jenga’ will know that as each piece is removed, the entire edifice becomes more and more unstable until Collapse unfolds.
Anyone paying any attention to the climate/ extinction crises can see how unstable the biosphere has already become, so much for 2C being safe.  ,yet so few are courageous enough to face the severity of the multiple crises that are now unfolding in a non-linear trajectory.This denial of the now obvious leaves us totally unprepared for the imminent collapse, the outcome of every ‘game of Jenga’.
“One of the greatest shortcomings of the human race is it’s inability to comprehend the exponential function” A quote from the late, great Albert Bartlett;

Two scientists that I have previously interviewed on my radio show Nature Bats Last who are courageous enough to face the perfect storm are Professors Guy McPherson a personal friend of mine and Paul Ehrlich


Jenga image courtesy of Ken Avidor, a link to Ken’s great work is embedded here;

I refuse to be the last generation of elder to lie to the last generation of youth. They have been robbed of a future, at the very least they deserve the truth.

At the 13 minute mark in the following embedded link from “Collapse Chronicles“, Judy and Dan Dourson talk about the Collapse of the Southern Appalachian Forests and Judy mentions the analogy of Jenga. Those forests are dying today and yesterday, not long off in the future. Factor in the 10 to 30 year lag between emissions and when their full consequences are felt and any clear headed analyst will understand that the situation is much more dire than has manifest to date with a shit load of warming and chaos already baked in. Governments and the large NGO’s talking about their emissions scenarios for 2030 and beyond are delusional.
Unfolding in parallel to the climate crisis is the collapse of the insect populations on this planet, without insects we cease to exist;
“This point was underlined last week when tweets from the naturalist and TV presenter Chris Packham went viral after he commented on the absence of insects during a weekend at his home in the New Forest. Packham said he had not seen a single butterfly in his garden, and added that he sleeps with his windows open but rarely finds craneflies or moths in his room in the morning. By contrast, they were commonplace when he was a boy.” “Our generation is presiding over an ecological apocalypse and we’ve somehow or other normalised it,” he later said.

Everything we know, love and need for our own survival is going away.
Soon the living will envy the dead.
I am often attacked for speaking about the ongoing 6th great extinction but for me it is a means of; 1) Managing my grief and 2) It is a mea-culpa to all of the species either driven to extinction or on the brink of it. At the very least we need to take ownership of the crimes we have committed every time we turn on a light or drive to the liquor shop (Guilty as charged).

Make the most of every day, time is infinitely shorter than most comprehend. Be nice to each other, only love remains.

“Because of social taboos, despair at the state of our world and fear for our future are rarely acknowledged. The suppression of despair, like that of any deep recurring response, contributes to the numbing of the psyche”. The Greatest Danger by Joanna Macy

Posted in Abrupt Climate Change, Collapse, Near Term Human Extinction--NTHE
Kevin Hester

Kevin Hester is currently living on Rakino Island, a small island in the Hauraki Gulf near Auckland, New Zealand, monitoring the unravelling of the biosphere and volunteering at the Rakino Island Nursery is currently developing a proposal to create a marine reserve near by. The Island has no grid tied electricity or reticulated water.  I catch my own water from the roof and generate my electricity from the ample solar radiation on the island.

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