See Sciencemag.org, Aug. 15, 2018: :”Rising sea levels will have overwhelmingly negative impacts on coastal communities globally. With previous research focused on how sea-level rise (SLR) affects storm-induced flooding, we show that SLR will also increase both the frequency and the intensity of tsunami-induced flooding, another significant coastal hazard associated with sea-level extremes.” Btw, I really can’t take seriously anyone who doesn’t read.
I really can’t take seriously anyone who writes that climate change causes tsunamis. Really, this level of scientific illiteracy is almost comical, yet par for the course, in articles that vomit emotional hysteria.
Anyone with any awareness, any compassion, any love of the magnificent beauty of this Earth and its incredible life, has to be feeling agony in these times. It used to be possible to have faith that people would wake up in time. No longer. I believe we can still win this, because there is nothing driving the destruction except our thinking and behaviour and they can in principle change quickly. But it is not happening yet, and won’t happen unless something truly transformational comes along really soon that can scale to a world levels. What are we not thinking about that could possibly still be tried?
My own best answer is a world federation of the democracies (possibly excluding the United States, which would only join if it could run everything, and we’ve had enough of that). Such a federation could implement a carbon tax that we can believe in, as well as other environmental measures. In our current nation-state system (which is modelled on anarchy and proves that anarchy doesn’t work very well), people will resist measures that burden their own countries unilaterally. A substantial trade zone of the democracies, with tariffs against non-carbon taxed imports, is essential to winning support. Such a union would have many other benefits, including protecting and expanding democracy itself.
Tim and Anthony – Spot On ! May ‘Greenland’ become ‘Green’ again and the Inuit can move there. Former Prime minister Jean Chretian ‘touched’ the 3rd. ‘rail’ in Canadian politics and asked “Why don’t the Inuit just move south. If the nomadic tribes inhabiting Canada could move with seasonal changes so readily why are the Inuit ‘victims’ ?
So 15,000 years ago, Yellow Knife would have been under about 2 km of glacial ice and sea levels would have been 120 meters lower. I am very happy that our ancesters didn’t “curl up into a fetal ball” over the following 15,000 years or they would have been saber tooth snacks. People need to get a grip on the fact that we have been living with climate change since stone tools were the next big thing. In fact, rather than destroying us, the human race has prospered over that period. Coincidence? Not really. The warmer climate has actually made life a lot easier for us. If you want to worry about climate change, worry about the onset of the next ice age.
No. That is not true. The grief described here is due to climate change. Because those feeling the grief have said so. I really don’t know how you can presume to deny these people their experience, plus a bunch of sociological studies that show climate grief is a thing. You may personally feel grief due to social isolation etc, but that’s not what these people feel. Do try not to mansplain.
Snap out of it, you weak-minded Inuits, people of India, and Hurricane Katrina survivors!
I suffer really suffer from debilitating grief over the loss of planet earth’s flora and fauna. I awake from a nightmare, the animals were calling ,were begging me to save them. The loss of life on earth is unbearable and only my age keeps me from checking out now. My friends and I had thought the worst would come after we were dead but we all now know that any day tremendous ,sudden change to our environment can lead to a complete loss of the habitat that supports life on earth.
I dream now of how to painlessly destroy homo sapiens and save the planet,Some magic formula to make homo sapiens infertile We are the destroyers and nature biggest error.
It’s our collective psychosis- the human condition- that is the cause of the growing levels of depression. Anthropogenic climate change has, as a result, been wildly exaggerated as ‘the greatest threat to our planet’, it isn’t, what is the far greater threat is the growing intensity of our psychosis. The incredible thing is we now can understand this and by so doing being an end to the human condition, heal our psychosis and bring an end to the damage we do each other and our planet. http://www.humancondition.com
The grief described here is not due to climate change, it is due to change and uncertainty in a weak social network that does not adequately support positive responses to change and uncertainty.
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