The great climate silence: we are on the edge of the abyss but we ignore it

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How should we understand the disquieting fact that a mass of scientific evidence about the Anthropocene, an unfolding event of colossal proportions, has been insufficient to induce a reasoned and fitting response?

Our best scientists tell us insistently that a calamity is unfolding, that the life-support systems of the Earth are being damaged in ways that threaten our survival. Yet in the face of these facts we carry on as usual.

So today the greatest tragedy is the absence of a sense of the tragedy…

Read Full Article, Guardian UK (05-04-2017)

Humans causing climate to change 170 times faster than natural forces, Guardian UK (02-12-2017)
For the first time, researchers have developed a mathematical equation to describe the impact of human activity on the earth, finding people are causing the climate to change 170 times faster than natural forces…

Anthropocene Period Would Recognize Humanity’s Impact on Earth, Science Daily (07-11-2013)
The Anthropocene is the name of a proposed new geological time period that may soon enter the official Geologic Time Scale. The Anthropocene is defined by the human influence on Earth, where we have become a geological force shaping the global landscape and evolution of our planet…

The Anthropocene epoch: scientists declare dawn of human-influenced age, Guardian UK (08-29-2016)
Experts say human impact on Earth so profound that Holocene must give way to epoch defined by the radioactive elements dispersed across the planet by nuclear bomb tests, although an array of other signals, including plastic pollution, soot from power stations, concrete were now under consideration…

Carbon Dioxide Is Warming the Planet: Here’s How; LiveScience (03-10-2017)

How Would Just 2 Degrees of Warming Change the Planet? LiveScience (04-29-2017)

New study links carbon pollution to extreme weather; Guardian UK (04-07-2017)
Human activities are altering the jet stream, which leads to extreme weather patterns getting stuck in place…

Next 10 years critical for achieving climate change goals; Science Daily (04-13-2017)
In order to have a good chance of meeting the limits set by the Paris Agreement, it will be necessary to both reduce greenhouse gas emissions while preserving carbon sinks, with net emissions peaking in the next 10 years, according to a new study…

Rapid, affordable energy transformation possible; NOAA (01-28-2016)

Believe you can stop climate change and you will, Science Daily (05-04-2017)
If we believe that we can personally help stop climate change with individual actions — such as turning the thermostat down — then we are more likely to make a difference, according to new research…

Climate Progress, With or Without Trump; The New York Times (03-31-2017)


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