‘On the other side’

August 7, 2013

EmissionsHere we are mid-week again, with fog and gloom this early Wednesday, but at least we’re on the gravitational pull to the weekend.

Hard-hitting environmental report came out yesterday, but if anyone has been keeping up with the situation the last few years, there’s really nothing new.
The big question (though, with no answer right now) is how many of these on-flowing studies have to be published before the shit really hits the brain-fan in the conscious mind of mankind. And due to modern civilization being totally-100 percent dependent upon the burning of fossil fuels, we be fucked.

(Illustration found here).

The 2012 State of the Climate study (released by the American Meteorological Society via the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), continued the saga of this withering planet:

— Arctic sea ice minimum extent (1.32 million square miles, September 16) was the lowest of the satellite era.
— The globally averaged sea surface temperature for 2012 was among the 11 warmest on record.
— Globally, sea level has been increasing at an average rate of 3.2 ± 0.4 mm per year over the past two decades.

Just three examples — and on and on…amongst a laundry list of bad shit.

On Monday, the American Geophysical Union, which represents some 60,000 scientists involved in earth studies, released a statement, which seems familiar as similar shit has been broadcast before — beware and take heed:

“Human activities are changing Earth’s climate.
At the global level, atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping greenhouse gases have increased sharply since the Industrial Revolution.
Fossil fuel burning dominates this increase.
“Human-caused increases in greenhouse gases are responsible for most of the observed global average surface warming of roughly 0.8°C (1.5°F) over the past 140 years.
Because natural processes cannot quickly remove some of these gases (notably carbon dioxide) from the atmosphere, our past, present, and future emissions will influence the climate system for millennia.

“While important scientific uncertainties remain as to which particular impacts will be experienced where, no uncertainties are known that could make the impacts of climate change inconsequential.
Furthermore, surprise outcomes, such as the unexpectedly rapid loss of Arctic summer sea ice, may entail even more dramatic changes than anticipated.

That last part is the real killer — shit is worse than originally figured.
HuffPost  added this on its State of the Climate story:

“A lot of people like to say that global warming stopped in 1998, and that’s said because temperatures have gone up pretty slowly,” climatologist James Renwick, a co-author of the report, told the New Zealand Herald.
“But ice has been melting more rapidly, more heat is going into the ocean and the sea level is rising faster.
“All of those things indicate that the climate system as a whole is continuing to warm up — and warm up faster as we go along.”

Go along‘ where?

One of the most-beautiful, though way-sad, songs is Pearl Jam’s ‘Just Breathe,’ which invites to a future — for instance:

“Did I say that I need you?
Oh, did I say that I want you?
Oh, if I didn’t I’m a fool you see
No one knows this more than me
And I come clean, ah…

Nothing you would take
Everything you gave
Hold me til I die
Meet you on the other side…”

On the way-side of our future — the other side ain’t pretty.

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