Johhny Electriglide wrote:
Anthropocene Thermal Maximum is what will happen in a millennium or so if human emissions are not drastically reduced soon. Some say 90% by 2016 (Hansen), or a 50% chance of stopping it with an 80% reduction by 2020 (Post Carbon Institute).
I only learned very recently--weeks ago--about the top arctic ice scientist saying that there should be an ice free arctic in a mere four years. Since then I began reading McKibben's "Eaarth". So my head and heart is/are reeling, since not so long ago most folks were thinking of the bad stuff happening somewhat down the trail of time. Clearly we're in a dramatic global emergency. I get that. And to get us all to reduce our use of fossil fuels as dramatically as seems to be called for will certainly require us all to know and FEEL what's at stake. If we were to begin to take the dramatic turn required, it would certainly be the greatest challenge humanity ever faced. Ever.
As I'm seeing it, an effort on the scale of, say, WWII, would be about a quarter or a third of the intensity of commitment needed. But, as a friend said to me yesterday, one hardly gets the sense of this from the news papers or tv "news" media, nor from government. So our goose is certainly cooked unless we can break through the ignorance and fog and denial!
To reduce our fossil fuel consumption that much, that fast, would require that the effort be at the center of our each and every breath and day, the very purpose of our lives.