Hester and Hambone on Humptydumpty Tribe.

A few days ago I made an off handed comment on Robin Westenra’s brilliant blog “Seemorerocks” concerning the criminal fire that has incinerated an enormous number of relatively poor people who dared to live in Kensington in London lowering the tone of the neighborhood.
Robin kindly used the quote for a blog post on the disaster entitled;
The Fire in London is a metaphor for what we are doing to the planet. 

The incinerating fire in London is a metaphor for what we are doing to the planet.
“The planet is on fire and the fire is raging but it’s business as usual for the dominant culture which is grinding the living planet into dust and has no intention of taking it’s foot off the pedal.
Those of us in the west are on the top floors but the heat is already cooking our neighbours below us but because they are poor, mostly of colour, no one has acted.
The fire we have lit will consume most if no all complex life on the planet and it is heading our way at an ever increasing rate.
There is no fire brigade coming to our rescue,.
For those of us who are aware of the severity of the crisis we know we are dead people walking and we can see and feel the fire and the horror building.
All complex life on the planet is about to be consumed in an inferno of heat.
Have some compassion now for others, fire is exactly what we are all going to perish from.”

Robins link was sent to “Hambone Little Tail” who has a You Tube Channel called “Humpty Dumpty Tribe” with over 3800 subscribers and 2,149,965 views . Hambone describes himself as a ” Depressed Collapse-atari-an”!!!
Both Paul Beckwith who’s work can be found at PaulBeckwith.net and Professor Guy McPherson,  GuyMcPherson.com  were discussed along with the multitude of tipping points we have crossed and the possibility of our civilisation ending in a nuclear holocaust.

The following interview is the result;

“At the edge of extinction, only love remains”. Guy McPherson 
To keep up with Professor McPherson’s upcoming US tour go to the “Coming Events Tab” on his website.

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Survivable IPCC projections based on science fiction.

“In the latest ‘Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 5th Assessment Report’ (IPCC AR5), there have been published a selection of ‘Representative Concentration Pathways’ (RCP’s).
Dr Matt Watson, from the school of earth Sciences at the University of Bristol (UK), made this point strongly at a recent meeting at the Royal Society in London:“Why are we doing this? Why are we doing this research? This is why, this is the latest projections from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and the alarming thing is that these two scenarios [RCP 2.6 and RCP 4.5] both include negative emissions technology. So, there is geoengineering, of the flavour of carbon dioxide removal, in the best case scenarios.”
“The very, very alarming thing for us is that we are on this path here, that is RCP 8.5. We are slap bang on this trajectory and this puts us in a very different place in our children’s lifetime.”
All hope of maintaining a liveable planet has been gambled on negative emissions technology that simply does not exist. In fact it is “Fantasy Technology” that they hope will be invented sometime in the future.
Nick Breeze recorded this seminal presentation that is a must watch if you want to understand the horrendous gamble that the dominant culture has taken with all complex life on the planet; Survivable IPCC projections based on science fiction.
More posts by Nick Breeze: http://envisionation.co.uk

We have crossed a multitude of “Tipping Points” and the IPCC has gambled everything on little more than science fiction.
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Baseline Temperature dishonesty at the Edge of Extinction

As we get closer to the collapse of the biosphere, I have been noticing a huge distortion, if not outright lying, in the use of baseline figures for the planetary temperature increase that humans have caused with our crack like and sadly terminal addiction to carbon.
“The Industrial Revolution, which took place from the 18th to 19th centuries, was a period during which predominantly agrarian, rural societies in Europe and America became industrial and urban. Prior to the Industrial Revolution, which began in Britain in the late 1700s, manufacturing was often done in people’s homes, using hand tools or basic machines. Industrialization marked a shift to powered, special-purpose machinery, factories and mass production.”INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION History.com

“In 1698, Thomas Savery, an engineer and inventor, patented a machine that could effectively draw water from flooded mines using steam pressure. Savery used principles set forth by Denis Papin, a French-born British physicist who invented the pressure cooker. Papin’s ideas surrounding a cylinder and piston steam engine had not previously been used to build a working engine, but by 1705, Savery had turned Papin’s ideas into a useful invention.” additional information here; Who Invented the Steam Engine?
So in 1698 Thomas Savery had a patent on a steam engine powered by coal and this warming influence on the global mean temperature is casually ignored by the much vaunted IPCC

“The IPCC is currently in its Sixth Assessment cycle. During this cycle, the Panel will produce three Special Reports, a Methodology Report on national greenhouse gas inventories and the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6).The 43rd Session of the IPCC held in April 2016 agreed that the AR6 Synthesis Report would be finalized in 2022 in time for the first UNFCCC global stocktake when countries will review progress towards their goal of keeping global warming to well below 2 °C while pursuing efforts to limit it to 1.5 °C. The three Working Group contributions to AR6 will be finalized in 2021.”
So the IPCC plans to reassess the 1.5C and 2C Voluntary targets in 2021! Personally I shall be surprised if there are any humans on the planet in 2021 considering we are now in early stage runaway and for them to pretend that we will be below either of those temperatures in 2021 is a monumental dereliction of duty in my humble opinion, especially now that our oceans have reached carbon saturation and are now out-gassing carbon instead of being carbon sinks. It appears all the ‘heavy lifting’ that our oceans have been doing has drawn to a close. Yet another feedback loop/ tipping point crossed.

From the good but very conservative Christian and  Hilary Clinton supporting climate blogger!!!! Robertscribbler
“Temperature averages for 2016 are so far about 1.22 C above the 1951 to 1980 baseline or about 1.44 C above 1880s averages.”
Scribbler has us in 2016 at 1.44C above the 1880 average  and Thomas Savery et al has been burning coal since 1698! What happened to that 182 years of emissions?
Admittedly the emissions in the early days of burning coal and later oil were low but ignoring them is in breach of the “Precautionary Principal”
The purpose of this blog post is to get my readers to question every article that quotes warming levels that ignore emissions before some arbitrary  date.
Common people, everything is at stake, lets keep these shylocks honest until the lights go out. Question Everything, brace for imminent impact.

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Posted in Abrupt Climate Change, Feedback loops, Near Term Human Extinction--NTHE, Uncategorized

My presentation at the International Community Development Conference 2017

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31st anniversary of the Explosion at Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant

On the 26th of April 1986, I was walking around Istanbul in Turkey, in open footwear, shorts and a singlet in the spring rain, ( backpacking Kiwi style),when word came through that there had been a massive explosion at the Nuclear Power Plant at Chernobyl. With obscene haste the Turkish Government rallied to inform the populace that their was no radiation hazard in Turkey. Lie number 1, day 1.

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Image of nuclear test in the Pacific where Pacific Islanders were unwittingly used as part of a racist, imperialist experiment on the effects of ionising radiation on humans.

Many  of the rural population of Turkey and the rest of Europe collect rain water from their roofs to drink and water their crops/gardens/ livestock. All of that water was contaminated with ionising radiation and because the government lied, almost  no one took Iodine to protect themselves. This was a Europe wide disaster that was massively down-played to;
1) Prevent the justified panic and Grief that would have ensued had people understood the magnitude of the catastrophe.
However more importantly;
2) To protect a Trillion Dollar Armaments  Industry disguised as a power industry. Nuclear power is a byproduct of the nuclear armaments industry and has been used for the production of weapons grade plutonium.
The threat of Nuclear War was covered previously on this blog here;

“One of the consequences of the Chernobyl accident has been an increase in the incidence of thyroid cancers in the exposed population and particularly in children. The European Commission organised the seminar on thyroid diseases in response to a wish of the members of the Group of experts referred to in Article 31 of the Euratom Treaty to discuss in depth this particular aspect of the consequences of the Chernobyl accident.”
Peer reviewed science paper analysis of ionising radiation on the Thyroid Gland embedded here. The same thing has manifest in Japan post Fukushima Daiichi with numerous cases of Thyroid Cancer, especially in young girls. Paper courtesy of the great Australian anti-nuclear campaigner Dr Helen Caldicott is embedded here 

Prior to Cop Out 21 in Paris, I was interviewed by Libbe HaLevy the producer of Nuclear Hotseat podcast, where we discussed the opportunism of the Nuclear Industry using our climate crisis to promote their murderous business model. The interview is embedded here;

Now the ‘Good news'(sic). As  a result of Runaway Global Warming, now that we have crossed a multitude of ‘Tipping Points’  ,humans are about to join the very conservative  150/200 other species that go extinct every day as a result of our crack like addiction to carbon. This will spare us the multi-generational genetic destruction that would have been wrought on us humans and all the other biota of the biosphere,had we managed to keep nuking the planet without immolating everything.
Professor Guy McPherson and I toured NZ in 2014 and 2016 discussing runaway abrupt climate change leading to  “Near Term Human Extinction”, most of the 2016 presentations are embedded here . When humans disappear from the irradiated planet we will see 450+ nuclear power station meltdowns and the accompanying 1200 spent fuel pool fires which will be infinitely worse. I recently addressed a group of Community Development Students at Unitec in NZ when I discussed this eventuality. The video is embedded here

On the 11 of March 2011 my second to worst fears concerning the nuclear nightmare our planet has been threatened with since it’s inception manifest, with the triple melt down and melt through of both primary and secondary containment at 3 of the 6 nuclear plants at Fukushima Daiichi. Fukushima Daiichi is never, ever going away.  There are now 3 coriums ( melted cores) that are exposed to the atmosphere and the ground water, spewing ionising radiation into both my beloved Pacific Ocean and the atmosphere above.
My darling mother lost her Thyroid gland as a result of cancer, I believe that her cancer was directly related to atmospheric nuclear testing in the Pacific.

Fellow anti-nuclear campaigner Catherine Gow and myself holding my “Fukushima is Never Going Away” banner outside the Japanese Embassy in Auckland NZ.
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The Murder of Blair Peach

I was 19 yrs old when Blair Peach was murdered 38 years ago today.

“The anti-fascist protester Blair Peach was almost certainly killed by police at a demonstration in 1979, according to a secret report released today.”

“Documents published on the Metropolitan police’s website shed new light on the death of Peach, a 33-year-old teacher from New Zealand, whose death marked one of the most controversial events in modern ( British) policing history.”

“A campaigner against the far right, Peach died from a blow to the head during a demonstration against the National Front in Southall, west London.” Full report embedded below;

Blair Peach killed by police at 1979 protest, Met report finds 2010

I started getting involved in anti-apartheid demonstrations in 1980/81 but was out of the country when the most intense resistance took place culminating in my close friend Marx Jones “Flour Bombing Eden Park”

Aotearoa New Zealand has an extremely chequered racial history but one of the great ‘Take outs’ of our highly successful anti-apartheid struggle is that we were forced to confront the endemic racism  we had in Aotearoa N.Z.
Linton Kwesi Johnson’s tribute to Blair is embedded below;
Linton Kwesi Johnson – Reggae fi Peach (Tribute to Mr. Blair Peach) – LIVE in Paris

Had he not been murdered I don’t doubt that Blair would have been a driving force in our anti-apartheid struggle.
1981 Tour Badge Photo Credit Naani Abercrombie
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“Climate Dynamics: Facing the Harsh Realities of Now”.

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Myth busting on the road to armageddon and the inevitable  and imminent collapse of the biosphere.
For many years we have been sold the lie that a global warming target of 2C was both Safe and Achievable  It was never safe nor achievable under the yoke of Industrial civilisation and unfettered capitalism.
The IPCC has been used as the ‘Standard bearer’ for our green house gas emissions targets and there in lies the rub. Since it’s inception, the IPCC has compromised the science in the interests of political expediency and consensus. This has become a pathway to ecological collapse whilst being championed by the large NGO’s and even the large “Green”party’s world wide including the Green Party of Aotearoa who continue to parrot these myths. Instead of being honest about the severity of the crisis, they defer to political expediency, in the vain hope of electoral success at the expense of telling the truth which they either know and can’t face or are blissfully/willfully ignorant of. Time has run out for that strategy and the biosphere and most if not all complex life that depends on it.

From David Wasdell of the  Apollo-Gaia Project;
“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.”

David Wasdell explains his concerns in this excellent interview on Radio Ecoshock . Wasdell refers to himself as not being a “Doom-munger”!!! Many of these otherwise brilliant scientists peer over the precipice we are now tumbling down and refuse to accept that we have crossed the multitude of “Tipping points” they have been warning us of for decades.This is where cognitive dissonance kicks in and the desire to continue to receive large salaries and research grants. For me Michael E Mann is the ‘champion’ of this cognitive dissonance. He and his colleagues identified the “Hockey Stick Theory” and now that it has manifest he can no longer see it!!! This is the privilege of the wealthy elites in the west, infinitely less for our cousins in Africa, the Pacific Islands and the Middle East where habitat is collapsing now, not long off in the future.
A large portion of the blame for the severity of the crisis we find ourselves in is the reliance on ‘Models’ as opposed to the much more expensive but reliable Field Research. Peter Wadhams drew attention to this dichotomy in a recent interview on Extinction Radio
For the first time in human existence we have now crossed  410ppm of carbon in the atmosphere, factoring in the 10 to 30 year lag between cause and effect the warming from most if not all of the carbon emitted this century is baked in but yet to manifest.
We have raced from 369.68ppm in 1999 to 410ppm at the time of writing (22/04/2017). The warming from 10% of all carbon dumped into the atmosphere has yet to manifest.

It is feasible that this Northern Hemisphere summer we could see the first Sea Ice Free summer in the Arctic which will trigger the albedo feedback loop which will lead to more warming and more melt in a vicious feedback that could well lead to the discharge of the 50 gigatonne methane burst or more as predicted by Shakova et al from the University of Fairbanks Alaska. Shakovas’ presentation filmed by Nick Breeze is embedded here;

I spent 25 years of my life as an ocean sailor, during which I completed 16 ocean passages on yachts varying in size from 37 ft to 65 ft. On well over half of those voyages I was the ‘Skipper’.
One ominous role of the Skipper is to always have a well thought out strategy in the event of catastrophic failure or loss of the vessel. My personal belief system is to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth to my crew and fellow passengers.
I detect a very stark comparison between the sinking of Titanic and the collapse of the biosphere. When the Titanic was sinking the affluent (effluent) continued to dance and drink champagne whilst the working class (The same ones who had built industrial civilisation and the wealth to afford the champagne) were locked down in the lower ‘steerage’ cabins drowning. Had I been the skipper on the Titanic, the moment I knew the ship was doomed to sink I would have released all of those hard working people, briefed them on the severity of the predicament and enlisted all of the able bodied to build rafts from the ample furniture and ropes and I would have launched the insufficient number of lifeboats with the young, infirm and elderly with the newly constructed liferafts available for the remainder.
Denial of the severity of the crisis means these liferafts which would at least provide psychological comfort would in some small way mitigate the Tsunami of Grief baring down on us. Alas denial and fascism rule at the end of the human epoch.
In 2014 and 2016 I was privileged to tour NZ with Professor Guy McPherson one of the very few scientists on the planet who is prepared to face the severity of the predicament in it’s totality. Most of the NZ presentations and interviews are embedded here;
Professor McPherson and his colleague Mike Sliwa have an excellent radio show on PRN.FM. The archive is embedded here

Recently I had Dahr Jamail, the man that I believe to be the worlds leading climate journalist staying at my home on Rakino Island Aotearoa New Zealand whilst we both did research for his forthcoming, latest book “The End of Ice”. Dahr writes climate dispatches for TruthOut.org links to his speaking truth to power are embedded here;

The situation is as always infinitely worse that we are being told. This post is an attempt to speak truth to power. “At the edge of extinction, only love remains” GMP.

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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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