Professor Paul Ehrlich, Nuclear Winter and the Unfolding Human Predicament.

“On 4 August 2021, I participated in an online discussion with Bing Professor Emeritus at Stanford University Dr. Paul Ehrlich, Kevin Hester, Pauline Panagiotou Schneider, and Drs. Beril Sirmacek and William Kallfelz. The accompanying music was created by Dr. Sirmacek.” Intro courtesy of Professor Guy McPherson

The Likely Bunch

“Today’s view of normality is possible because everyday thinking about human history largely ignores its first 300,000 years and does not recognize how extremely abnormal the last few centuries have been, roughly just one-thousandth of the history of physically modern Homo sapiens. Knowing how genetic and cultural evolution over millennia shaped us helps explain today’s human predicament, how hard that predicament is to deal with, and underlines how abnormal human life is in the twenty-first century.”
Paul mentioned his and Anne’s latest paper which is embedded following; New Paper by Paul and Anne Ehrlich: Returning to “Normal”? Evolutionary Roots of the Human Prospect.

In the interview I mentioned that French nuclear reactors were having to shut down because the intake water to the cooling systems was too hot.
So much for nuclear energy playing a part in powering the system to replace fossil fuels.
“Power plants halt temporarily as record-breaking temperatures sweep across Europe”‘
Heatwave forces France to shut down four nuclear reactors

Guy and I have had three previous discussions with Paul about the ongoing “Annihilation of Nature“.

Carl Sagan addressed the issue of a Nuclear Winter when speaking to the US congress; The Inevitability of Nuclear War and Subsequent Nuclear Winter

William mentioned the seminal work of Professor Albert Bartlett on humans inability to truly understand the Exponential Function.
As we watch all of our latest graphs showing an exponential trajectory, the so called “Hockey Stick” that Michael E Mann can no longer see ,it’s imperative to understand how quickly what’s left of climate stability will collapse; Arithmetic, Population and Energy – a talk by Al Bartlett

Zack Labe provides the latest data via his Twitter account

I'm an anti-imperialist, environmental activist and blue ocean sailor, who is passionate about the earth and all it's inhabitants without favour. Brace for imminent impact as we bare witness to the non-linear unraveling of the biosphere and habitability disappearing for most if not all complex life on the only habitable planet we know of. To quote President Niinistö in North Russia: ‘If We Lose the Arctic, We Lose the World’. Folks we have lost the Arctic.

Posted in Methane, Professor Beril Sirmacek, Professor Guy McPherson, Professor Paul Ehrlich, William Kallfelz, Zack Labe
8 comments on “Professor Paul Ehrlich, Nuclear Winter and the Unfolding Human Predicament.
  1. Now for some humor…existential style. I may have posted this before but damn does it fit here.

    I Didn’t F*ck It Up – Katie Goodman of Broad Comedy


    Heat is coming back. Today was hotter than expected but another heat blast is on its way down out of the Northwest. Ocean is…fucked up hot!


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  2. Kevin Hester says:

    Tim’s worked his magic, already


  3. Peter Atkinson says:

    Thanks for the upload, Kevin.

    The music by Beril provided some unintentional, yet much needed comic relief, given the dire straits we currently find ourselves in.

    Cheers from Hothouse Europe,

    – Peter Atkinson

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  4. Kevin Hester says:

    In our discussion with Paul Ehrlich I mentioned the submarine commander who spared us all nuclear war. His name was Vasili Arkipov. His story & more on a nuclear winter below


  5. Kevin Hester says:

    “France has been delivering just a fraction of its energy production potential in recent months, and overnight the situation got worse when French power producer EDF announced another three power plants would curtail output because of rising temperatures. Rivers have become too hot in the latest heatwave to be used to cool the reactors.”


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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 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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