The Disaffected Lib: As I Stare at My Smoke-Clouded Sky, a Thought or Two About Tipping Points

A tipping point isn’t that instant when water begins pouring over the canoe’s gunwale.  The tipping point is actually before that, when the canoe is heeling over and can’t be stopped.  It’s summer time. Get in a canoe and try it.  There’s a brief moment, perhaps not more than a second or two, when the ...

Dead Wild Roses: Capitalism – Laying the Foundations for our Extinction.

I’m at the point in life where I’m not really all about saving the planet anymore.  Oh sure, I recycle, carpool when I can all of those little personal things one can do to be more “earth friendly” but until we reform our current ‘limitless growth paradigm’, we are well and truly screwed. Hence the ...

Dead Wild Roses: Climate Change – Expecting the Unexpected.

Isn’t being on a run away train fun? Filed under: Science Tagged: AGW, Climate Change, Science, Tipping Points

The Disaffected Lib: Tundra is Fuel and It Will Burn Us

We hear a lot about the tundra that blankets the far north thawing due to global warming.   As it thaws it releases previously trapped methane and CO2. Well it does more than that.   As tundra thaws it turns into fuel for wildfires.  And let’s put it this way, fire fighting isn’t very effective up there. ...

The Disaffected Lib: There’s Still a Chance

 Here’s what you need to know.   Today there is 25 per cent more atmospheric CO2 than there was in 2000. On the books right now are plans for the construction of 1,200 more coal-fired power plants that will create emissions equal to another China, today’s greatest greenhouse gas emitter ahead even of the United States. ...

The Disaffected Lib: The Problem with 2C. We Won’t Believe It Until We Break It.

The goal is to limit global warming to 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.   Go beyond that, we’re told, and we risk triggering natural feedback mechanisms, essentially runaway global warming. So why haven’t we reached an effective, international consensus on meeting the 2C limit?  A new study shows that negotiators believe the 2C target ...