How Far Over the Climate Precipice are we?

In this episode of “The Progressive Commentary Hour” Gary Null and I discuss the severity of the climate crisis and how far over the cliff we really are.
The podcast is embedded here;
We discuss the on-going, never ending ionising radiation nightmare that is and will forever be spewing from the three exposed coriums at Fukushima Daiichi. The triple meltdowns and melt through of both primary and secondary containment at Fukushima Daiichi is never, ever going away.
Whilst Tepco admits to hundreds of tonnes of radioactive water spewing into the acidifying Pacific Ocean every day for over 6 yrs now, they never mention the ionising radiation that is being released into the atmosphere. My personal view is that we will be spared the multi-generational genetic destruction of the nuclear nightmare by our imminent extinction. The situation simply could not be anymore dystopian.

My blog post on the inevitably of a Nuclear Winter being inflicted on the planet is embedded here;

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Years ago, before we crossed a multitude of tipping points the large NGO’s and “green” political parties talked about the danger of crossing tipping points. Now that we have done so the subject is being avoided. Cognitive dissonance much?

Gary played a clip taken from Professor Guy McPherson’s  Read more ›

Posted in Abrupt Climate Change, Feedback loops, Interviews, Podcasts

Guy McPherson: Pursuing Love and Excellence During Catastrophic Climate Change on our Beloved Planet

Professor Guy McPherson and I were interviewed by Tim Lynch the founder of Green Planet FM in Aotearoa New Zealand on the 2/12/2016.
This post is linked to #thetalismanproject
The show notes and interview are embedded here; Read more ›

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We Are So Fucked and Sooner Than Previously Thought!

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In my recent interview with the amazing Professor Paul Ehrlich titled, Nature Bats Last on PRN.FM featuring Professor Paul Ehrlich we discussed climate scientists dishonesty/ reticence  in understating the severity of the climate crisis.
I’ve toured Aotearoa New Zealand twice with the courageous Professor Guy McPherson, one award winning academic who does call the Sixth Great Extinction event exactly what it is. We attempted to speak truth to power  on our two tours and we addressed the mis-information and dishonesty in the climate community from  NGO’s like 350.org , Greenpeace and WWF ,which incidentally was set up by the British Royal Family. ( I’ve embedded this link for proof that the entitled British Royal family were instrumental in founding WWF not that I think that the gratuitous bowing and scraping to the British Empire disguises the Crimes of Britain and the role that Colonialism and Imperialism have played in this disaster).

How on earth would you expect the truth from them in the midst of an existential crisis? When the paid activists within, need to project insupportable ‘solutions’ whilst ignoring the evidence that we have crossed a multitude of Tipping Points. They project ‘Hope’, thereby deceiving those they are leading down the extinction cul-de-sac. Both the jobs of the paid activists and the corporations these multi-million dollar NGO’s have become depend on the Millions of Dollars they suck from the same supporters they are lying to. Of course they won’t admit to the severity of the crisis. Follow the money.

Clive Hamilton is an Australian public intellectual who’s written books about global warming, among them: Requiem for a Species and Defiant Earth. His books were intended to enlighten the public. But as he says: “anyone who engages publicly in the climate change debate has been subject to threats and abuse from a global army of climate science deniers. There are a lot of disturbed, angry people out there, which is, of course, socially worrying.”
In the embed link and podcast  Are We F–ked? Decoding the Resistance to Climate Change Clive Hamilton discusses the phenomenon of climate scientists saying one thing in public and another in private. I urge you to listen to the podcast embedded above.
Here’s a teaser; “No one wanted to pay attention to the implications of a world four degrees warmer… It’s too horrendous to think about.  And no one talked about it. Then a few scientists said let’s have a conference and actually talk about it. They held this conference in Oxford and I went along. As the conference started, there was a kind of suppressed emotional intensity, except in the coffee breaks. It was then that I would buttonhole a couple of scientists and say: ‘Well, you know we’re speculating about this. But what do you really think is the situation?’ And one of them just looked at me and said: ‘We’re f–ked.'” — Clive Hamilton. Remember the flack Dr Jason Box received for his famous Tweet? “If even a small fraction of Arctic sea floor carbon is released to the atmosphere, we’re f’d.”
“Oil giants Shell and BP are planning for global temperatures to rise as much as 5°C by the middle of the century. The level is more than double the upper limit committed to by most countries in the world under the Paris Climate Agreement, which both companies publicly support.” At the edge of extinction only lies remain
BP and Shell planning for catastrophic 5 degrees C Global Warming despite publicly backing Paris climate agreement

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Full Earth System Sensitivity to CO2 has been Grossly Underestimated

In this one hour long presentation by Professor David Wasdell of the Apollo Gaia Project he explains that we have no available carbon budget and that we are on a trajectory of well over 10 degrees C. This sort of global temperature rise guarantees the total collapse of the biosphere as we know it. Professor Wasdell does have a hopium moment at the end with his “ I have a dream” segment but the presentation is stunning and is a major call out of the dishonest IPCC. Business as usual brings us to 800 ppm to 900 ppm CO2 in the atmosphere which guarantees collapse of industrial civilisation and the melt down of 430 odd nuclear power stations and there attendant spent fuel pool fires.

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“It is with the utmost concern that we draw your attention to the fundamental methodological flaw in the determination of the value of Climate Sensitivity that is embedded in the Summary for Policymakers of the Scientific Workgroup of the 5th Assessment Report of the IPCC. The error was replicated in the Reports of Workgroups 2 and 3 and carried forward into the Synthesis Report. It has been used as the given basis for every subsequent publication. Our radical analysis of Climate Dynamics has generated a new and robust value of “Earth System Sensitivity” which has profound implications for:

• The relationship between temperature change and cumulative carbon emissions.
• The calculation of “available carbon budget”.
• The evaluation of the INDCs.
• The terms of reference of COP21 in Paris (30 November – 11 December 2015).
• The future global strategy for climate stabilisation.”
Please listen to David Wasdell from the Apollo Gaia Project in his presentation entitled Climate Dynamics: Facing the Harsh Realities of Now

 In the following interview between David Wasdell and Alex Smith from the excellent website Radio Ecoshock, Professor Wasdell discusses the under estimation of the effects of numerous feedbacks; Facing the Harsh Reality of Now
“If anything, climate sensitivity is higher”- Glaciologist Jason Box on Climate Sensitivity
In my November 7th interview with Professor Paul Ehrlich, Paul mentioned that he and some other colleagues have been having a dialogue in the broader scientific community about telling the truth about the severity of the crisis. His most recent paper used the expression “Biological Annihilation via the ongoing Sixth Mass Extinction” in the title, that is almost without  precedent for a science paper. Paul and I discussed the reasons why so few scientists are prepared to admit how dire the situation is due to the kind of intimidation that was directed at Michael Mann and the risk it would pose to their research grants. As always follow the money. To quote the late great Michael C Ruppert “Until you change the way that money works, you change nothing”
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Nature Bats Last on PRN.FM featuring Professor Paul Ehrlich

Todays guest on Nature Bats Last on PRN.FM was Professor Paul Ehrlich, author of over 30 books and numerous peer reviewed science papers.
Kevin Hester and Professor Ehrlich discuss the unfolding collapse, the nuclear implications of climate change, the Trump regime’s abject failure in Puerto Rico and many other aspects of the unfolding train wreck that we are all a part of wittingly or not

Todays show on Nature Bats Last is embedded Here

Professor Ehrlichs’NBL latest paper entitled; Biological Annihilation via the ongoing Sixth Mass Extinction is embedded Here
Abstract;
The population extinction pulse we describe here shows, from a quantitative viewpoint, that Earth’s sixth mass extinction is more severe than perceived when looking exclusively at species extinctions. Therefore, humanity needs to address anthropogenic population extirpation and decimation immediately. That conclusion is based on analyses of the numbers and degrees of range contraction (indicative of population shrinkage and/or population extinctions according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature) using a sample of 27,600 vertebrate species, and on a more detailed analysis documenting the population extinctions between 1900 and 2015 in 177 mammal species. We find that the rate of population loss in terrestrial vertebrates is extremely high—even in “species of low concern.” In our sample, comprising nearly half of known vertebrate species, 32% (8,851/27,600) are decreasing; that is, they have decreased in population size and range. In the 177 mammals for which we have detailed data, all have lost 30% or more of their geographic ranges and more than 40% of the species have experienced severe population declines (>80% range shrinkage). Our data indicate that beyond global species extinctions Earth is experiencing a huge episode of population declines and extirpations, which will have negative cascading consequences on ecosystem functioning and services vital to sustaining civilization. We describe this as a “biological annihilation” to highlight the current magnitude of Earth’s ongoing sixth major extinction event.

Significance;

“The strong focus on species extinctions, a critical aspect of the contemporary pulse of biological extinction, leads to a common misimpression that Earth’s biota is not immediately threatened, just slowly entering an episode of major biodiversity loss. This view overlooks the current trends of population declines and extinctions. Using a sample of 27,600 terrestrial vertebrate species, and a more detailed analysis of 177 mammal species, we show the extremely high degree of population decay in vertebrates, even in common “species of low concern.” Dwindling population sizes and range shrinkages amount to a massive anthropogenic erosion of biodiversity and of the ecosystem services essential to civilization. This “biological annihilation” underlines the seriousness for humanity of Earth’s ongoing sixth mass extinction event.”
We discussed the loss of 80% of flying insects in Germany in the last 27 years. That aspect of collapse was covered brilliantly by George Monbiot of the Guardian entitled “Insectageddon”,  embedded here and by the great blogger Robert Hunziker via Counter Punch entitled “The Ecosystem is Breaking Down”, embedded here

Paul and I discussed the recent announcement from new Prime Minister Jacinda Adhern   who has committed to a new climate change category visa which may be introduced in New Zealand in response to our pacific neighbours’ displacement caused by climate change. More information on that brilliant news is embedded Here
All previous shows on Nature Bats Last are embedded Here 

Professor Guy McPherson, former host of the show has previously been in  a conversation with Paul Uhrlich which is embedded Here   Guy is currently touring Canada and will soon travel to Norway, his schedule is continuously being updated at the Current Events Tab at his blog Nature Bats Last 

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Biological Annihilation on Earth is Accelerating. Nature Bats Last.

Today I conducted my first interview as ‘Host’ on Nature Nats Last on PRN.FM where I interviewed Professor Guy McPherson, the former host and founder of the show named after Professor McPherson’s website Nature Bats Last . Todays episode of the show is archived here.
Professor McPherson and I discussed the unfolding disaster in Puerto Rico and the abject failure to date of the Trump regime’ to mitigate the unfolding catastrophe.
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Discussed in detail was this remarkably succinct and disturbing article from Global Research;
Human beings are now waging war against life itself as we continue to destroy not just individual lives, local populations and entire species in vast numbers but also destroy the ecological systems that make life on Earth possible.”

“By doing this we are now accelerating the sixth mass extinction event in Earth’s history and virtually eliminating any prospect of human survival.”
A position that Professor McPherson has held for many years and has become inevitable due to the multitude of tipping points we have already crossed and factoring in the 10 to 30 year lag between emissions and their consequences manifesting in full. The chaos we bare witness to today is from emissions released predlast century.

“In a recently published scientific study ‘Biological annihilation via the ongoing sixth mass extinction signaled by vertebrate population losses and declines’ the authors Gerardo Ceballos, Paul R. Ehrlichand Rodolfo Dirzo document the accelerating nature of this problem.”
Professor McPherson and Paul Ehrlich have previously discussed our predicament and the You Tube presentation is embedded here;

‘Earth’s sixth mass extinction is more severe than perceived when looking exclusively at species extinctions…. That conclusion is based on analyses of the numbers and degrees of range contraction … using a sample of 27,600 vertebrate species, and on a more detailed analysis documenting the population extinctions between 1900 and 2015 in 177 mammal species.’
“Why is this happening? Ceballos, Ehrlich and Dirzo tell us:
‘In the last few decades, habitat loss, overexploitation, invasive organisms, pollution, toxification, and more recently climate disruption, as well as the interactions among these factors, have led to the catastrophic declines in both the numbers and sizes of populations of both common and rare vertebrate species.’ The full article is embedded here
As the evidence mounts that we have slipped into the nonlinear stage of the unraveling of the biosphere, I feel it is appropriate to include two cutting edge articles from firstly my dear friend Dahr Jamail staff reporter at Truthout.org
“It is often painful to write these monthly dispatches, chronicling what has happened to the Earth over the previous several weeks. Every month I’m taken aback by how rapidly the changes are unfolding. Take my word for this: These pieces are as emotionally challenging for me to write as they are for you to read.”
Climate Distruption Could Pose “Existential Threat” by 2050
In the very same week we have this chilling round up from Robert Hunziker writing in this instance for Dissident Voice;
The Accelerating Death Trap;
“We need to understand that we are in a nonlinear exponential phase… we have overwhelming scientific evidence that humanity now faces a new juncture of grand global risk. We have in just five decades transitioned from being a small world on a big planet where we could allow ourselves to have unsustainable economic growth without Earth sending any invoices back to humanity up to now with overwhelming scientific evidence of a new big world on a small planet. We’ve reached the saturation point. We’re hitting the ceiling of the biophysical capacity where we can no longer exclude destabilizing the entire earth system.”
We dodged a bullet with the Arctic Sea Ice this year but we can’t expect to keep doing  so. The horror being inflicted on the people of Puerto Rico will very soon befall us all.
The only advice I have to offer is to treat each and every day as if it were your last as very soon the living will envy the dead. The biosphere is in hospice and time is very, very short.
The plan at present is for me to conduct interviews with relevant guests on the first Tuesday of the month N.Z. time at 08.00 a.m. or 3p.m. E.S.T. on the first Wednesday of the month.Long may it last.
Professor Guy McPherson’s latest interview with Marcelo Rollando published on Oct 3, 2017 with some still shots of Guy and myself on tour in NZ in 2016 is embedded below;

Marcelo Rollando with Guy on Charlottesville this Week

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The Myth of Human Progress and the Collapse of Complex Societies. Chris Hedges.

Anyone with an internet connection and the courage to look fate in the face can see collapse either unfolding or coming at us at an exponential rate of knots.
The ever reliable Chris Hedges eviscerates capitalism,the U.S. Empire and the deep state that is grinding the nation, it’s imperial conquests, its victims and by default the living planet, into dust.
Chris clearly lays out the deadly trio of Acidification, Warming and De-Oxygenation of the oceans and the roles they played in the last 5 mass extinctions. “Microbes it seems are set to inherit the earth.”

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Image; Waiotapu Thermal Pools, Rotorua, Aotearoa, New Zealand.

“Those who speak truth are marginalised and ignored, dismissed as pessimists in a culture that prides itself on a child like optimism, at the expense of reality. We have a mania for hope, which our corporate masters lavishly provide across the political and cultural spectrum to keep us passive.”
“Dying civilisations make war on independent intellectual inquiry, art,culture and their burnt children.The corporate state rather feeds the thirst for illusion, happiness and hope and those that challenge this myth are heretics”.  Not to mention ‘Lepers”
“The human species led by White European men has been on a planet wide 500 year rampage of conquering, plundering, looting and exploiting as well as polluting the earth and killing the indigenous comminutes that stood in their way. But the game is up. These are the forces that now doom us”. “The Urban poor are in chains and these chains await us all”.
“The most daunting existential challenge of all time is to ingest this daunting truth”

These are just some of the highlights in this ground breaking speech from Chris Hedges one of the few to join the dots on the coming chaos, as has the anarchist, evolutionary biologist, award winning Professor Guy McPherson
50 minutes of genius from the ever reliable, ever ‘Revolting’ Chris Hedges are embedded below’
“Rebellion is a moral imperative”. “I don’t fight fascist because I think I can win. I fight fascist because they are fascists”.

The Myth of Human Progress and the Collapse of Complex Societies July 26 2017 

Posted in Abrupt Climate Change, Collapse, Oceans
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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 planning Professor Guy McPherson’s November 2016 NZ and Australian speaking tour which is a follow up to the 2014 speaking tour. 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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