catastrophic climat change


State of Nature by Claudius Schulze

In the words of the artist Claudius Schulze:

State of Nature is an exploration of natural catastrophes post climate change: building massive bulwarks, civil protection agencies attempt to tame the newly feral forces of the picturesque nature in the West, while in the rest of the world people are left to their own devices–all there is, is the assessment once disaster has struck.

A rise in sea levels, thawing permafrost, and melting glaciers create an unpredictable yet imminent hazard of devastating scale. Civil protection agencies work against the clock; building massive bulwarks and re-engineering entire landscapes, they fight storm surges, landslides, and flooding. Supplying a unequitable desire for perfect security, the modification of the topography has reached an unprecedented level. Limiting the chaotic and destructive forces that once made nature sublime, the new landscaped is built with the objective of harmless harmony. Ultimately, nature is turned into the picturesque scenery Europeans perceived it as since the late 19th century.

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anonymous asked:

A lot of conservationists try to maintain an ecosystem that would exist without human intervention, but climate change is affecting every ecosystem globally. How can conservationists respond to climate change while still maintaining a "natural" ecosystem?

Rather than trying to preserve protected areas such as national parks as little pictures of a past to which we cannot return, conservation science and practice are examining how we can conserve ecosystem function, such as fire, and individual species across landscapes under potential future scenarios. Integration of historical and projected climate change trends and ecosystem changes and future vulnerabilities into resource management can allow us to manage ecosystems and species under climate change. Fire management re-targeted to areas of higher risk of catastrophic fire under climate change, conservation of potential climate change refugia for endangered species, invasive species control targeted to areas more vulnerable under climate change, and other measures can help conserve ecosystems and species.

When I was, young and fantasized about becoming a wildlife filmmaker, I imagined I would be living in some remote wilderness meticulously documenting the wildlife that lived there. But it soon became clear that my idea of wilderness was in grave need of revision. In my travels around the world it became clear that our influence extends to every corner of this globe, and there are few natural ecosystems, if any, that are not in some way managed by humans. While working on our most recent film in Yosemite National Park, I asked a few forest ecologists this same question, how do you manage the forests of the Sierra’s in the face of a rapidly changing climate? They told me that they are now looking at climate models to help craft conservation strategies based on what they think the future climate may be. Part of that strategy is to identify refugia, places where special environmental circumstances may enable some species to survive as the climate grows warmer. During past climatic events it is believed that these refugia allowed some communities of species to survive, while others in the surrounding area, passed into extinction. But this is just a piece of that conservation puzzle, and curbing carbon emissions must be a part of that solution, because every species has a tipping point from which recover is impossible. An interesting read that has made me think a lot about our role in conservation (not specifically climate change) is Jon Mooallem’s book: “Wild Ones: A Sometimes Dismaying, Weirdly Reassuring Story About Looking at People Looking at Animals in America” a fascinating and thought provoking read.

This is something I mentioned on twitter: my favorite idea lately for stories to work with is “humanity’s struggle to come to terms with the unknowable.” That’s as fine a point as I can put on it, I guess. It seems like an important and politically resonant idea, and a lot of my thinking lately revolves around how to articulate a position at odds with extremist claims of absolute knowledge, while still existing in a world of provisional material truth.

Here’s a list of media that I’ve really loved and that approaches this idea from different angles. Nothing comprehensive, just a list I’ve been adding to.

  • Moby-Dick by Herman Melville, 1851. This is a book I have spent too much time with, and its focus on the failure of human intellect and ideology to make sense of nature/the transcendent/god is important to me.
  • Solaris by Stanisław Lem, 1961. One of my favorite scifi novels; more about philosophy of science than about scientific ideas. Moody and intense satire. The Tarkovsky adaptation is beautiful but doesn’t quite engage with the same ideas.
  • Roadside Picnic by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky, 1971. Bewildering pseudo-first-contact story that really interestingly ties into USSR politics (this point is made really well in HyperNormalisation). Also adapted by Tarkovsky, interestingly; haven’t seen it tho
  • Alien, 1979. One of a hundred examples of a story that works elegantly with little exposition of its fantastical elements, to be undercut by the more explicit approach of its sequels. Really cool to read as a chaoskampf story; alien representing the archetypal dragon/chaos monster. Beowulf should maybe be on this list but I don’t remember it too well
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey, 1968. I mean obviously.
  • Shin Godzilla, 2016. Extremely smart use of an entrenched pop-culture genre as essentially political satire. I read a lot of people saying it didn’t make sense if you aren’t familiar with Japanese politics but I disagree!!
  • Arrival, 2016. The aliens are satisfyingly Weird to me but understanding them is treated as an achievable intellectual goal, so maybe it doesn’t belong on this list. anyway good movie
  • Dark Ecology by Timothy Morton, 2016. Ambitious and mystifying book that’s sort of about building a new way of relating to ecology and humanity, in the context of catastrophic climate change. A lot of time spent deconstructing mythologies of absolute truth that proceed from the invention of agriculture. Plato’s Revenge (2011) is a book that deals with some similar ideas but I did not like it so much
  • Orality and Literacy by Walter Ong, 1982. Broad & fascinating book on linguistics and the cultural shift represented by the invention of writing. The idea that literacy in particular concretizes our language and our models of the world is why it’s on this list.

Raise a Paddle: a journey from the Pacific Islands to the tar sands

In May 2017, a group of Pacific Islanders travelled half way across the world to visit the Canadian tar sands.

Justin Trudeau’s recently approved pipelines will unleash catastrophic climate change — for Pacific islanders this means rising sea levels threatening their homes, communities, and cultures. The Pacific Climate Warriors embarked on this journey in order to bear witness to the project responsible for unleashing destruction on their homelands. Along the way, they built solidarity with Indigenous Peoples in Canada whose traditional territories are threatened by tar sands.

anonymous asked:

To Patrick, how do you expect to adapt NPS efforts to the consequences of climate change which alters how environment responds to conservation efforts negatively? I mean that the ecosystem does not respond to removing invasives, rehabilitating endangered species of animals, etc. in the same way (regenerate as quickly, return nutrients, , etc) as before.

Based on published scientific information on human climate change, the U.S. National Park Service (NPS) is developing measures to achieve its mission of conserving national parks for future generations. NPS has re-examined the goals of resource management. Rather than trying to preserve parks as little pictures of a past to which we cannot return, the agency now seeks to manage for potential future scenarios. Integration of historical and projected climate change trends and ecosystem changes and future vulnerabilities into resource management can allow us to manage species and ecosystems more effectively under climate change. Fire management re-targeted to areas of higher risk of catastrophic fire under climate change, conservation of potential climate change refugia for endangered species, invasive species control targeted to areas more vulnerable under climate change, and other measures can help conserve species and ecosystems.

When I post about veganism, I lose poc followers.

When I post about racism, I lose [white] vegan followers.

I see this pattern as a perfect illustration of the failure of the mainstream vegan movement to include already marginalized people. I am sick of getting comments and msgs about how animal lives are more important than cultural food traditions, how I’m siding with the enemy when I criticize veganism, blah blah blah. 


I don’t see veganism as the answer to all of our world’s problems. Speciesism is not the origin of racism. Eating animals is not the cause nor main factor for catastrophic climate change. Patriarchy did not arise out of the practice of using animals for human benefit. 

Arguments like these turn POC and others off to veganism and animal rights in general. When you try to boil down all the world’s problems into one issue, you do so at the expense of everyone else’s pain and suffering. I’ve said this so many times before but I’ll say it again. To white vegans and animal rights activists–want to get others to care and join your movement? Make YOUR activism intersectional instead of expecting all marginalized people to be on board with your movement–that assumption that people must not “really care” about social justice/climate change/etc because they don’t follow your method of abstaining from animal products is PEAK WHITE ARROGANCE. 

jencforcarolina  asked:

Why do you like Aloy!!

At risk of sounding a bit mercenary, my interest in Aloy is more as a viewpoint into her world than as a character like Eris who I immediately glommed on. The writing did a good job of not actively driving me away from her, though, and then the small dialogue choices allowed me to sculpt her a little bit more. So as /I/ play her, I like her intelligence, her ability to teach others, and her deftness in negotiating her world as a political outsider in even her own home. I like the way the story has positioned her as an exploration of how people use information and keep information to themselves. It was also very good timing for me to see someone facing what is essentially catastrophic human-caused climate change with both sadness and determination.

Experts reveal latest 'Doomsday Clock' estimate

The world remains perilously close to a nuclear disaster or catastrophic climate change that could devastate humanity, according to Stanford experts and California Governor Jerry Brown, who were on hand to unveil the latest update to the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists’ “doomsday clock” on Tuesday.

The symbolic clock was created in 1947 when Albert Einstein and Robert Oppenheimer (the father of the U.S. nuclear program) founded the publication.

The closer the minute hand gets to midnight, the closer their Board of Science and Security predicts humankind is to destroying itself.

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If Donald Trump wins, the paranoid style in climate politics — the belief that global warming is a hoax perpetrated by a vast international conspiracy of scientists — will become official doctrine, and catastrophe will become all but inevitable.
—  Paul Krugman in his New York Times Op-Ed, What About The Planet? 
4 things to know about the Paris climate agreement
Today, President Donald Trump announced his decision to withdraw the United States the the Paris climate agreement. The deal, joined by all but two countries (Syrian and Nicaragua), is a broad framework designed to nudge nations to prevent catastrophic climate change. The backbone of the Paris agreement is the global target of keeping global average temperatures from rising 2°C (compared to temperatures pre-industrial revolution) by the end of the century. Read more
Theresa May says Donald Trump is free to pull out of the Paris Agreement on climate change if he wishes

Theresa May says Donald Trump is free to pull out of the Paris Agreement if he wishes, refusing to criticise his undermining of efforts to fight catastrophic climate change.

The Prime Minister declined to echo other EU leaders who have urged the leader of the world’s largest economy - and second greatest polluter – to think again.

“It’s up to the President of the United States to decide what position the United States is going to take on this matter,” she told reporters on the campaign trail.

Ms May did point out that she, and other G7 leaders, had “made clear” their determination to push ahead with the Paris Agreement at last week’s summit.

But she refused to agree that Mr Trump’s looming decision – expected tonight – would be a “blow”, or dent the so-called special relationship.

It is feared that other countries will follow the US in pulling out of the Paris deal, fatally weakening international efforts to keep global temperatures below the level that would trigger deadly climate change.

It is estimated that US withdrawal would add up to 3bn tonnes of extra carbon dioxide to the atmosphere every year, by itself raising the global temperature by 0.1-0.3C by the end of the century.

The 2015 Paris Accord aims to keep global temperatures “well below” the level of 2C above pre-industrial times and “endeavour to limit” them even more, to 1.5C.

The White House has signalled that Mr Trump is likely to pull out of the agreement, although the confirmation is not expected to come until 7pm, British time.

The likely decision has been criticised by everyone from German Chancellor Angela Merkel to the Kremlin and China’s Premier Li Keqiang.

Even Boris Johnson, the Foreign Secretary, said Britain wanted “to see America continue to show leadership on climate change” – while Home Secretary Amber Rudd called it “disappointing”.

The comments came as the Prime Minister attempted to brush off a fresh opinion poll, suggesting Britain is heading for a hung Parliament, insisting only “one poll matters” – on election day itself

Ms May refused to criticise the President as she dodged a series of other questions, including:

* What are the “dire consequences” she is warning about, if the Brexit negotiations fail.

* Whether the £8bn pledged for the NHS would be extra money – saying simply “look at our record”.

* What level of economic damage she would be willing to accept as the price of lower immigration – sticking to her pledge to cut it to “tens of thousands”.

* Whether she watched the TV debate she declined to take part in – replying: “Amber Rudd did an absolutely excellent job”.

During her speech, the Prime Minister sought to paint a bright future for Britain if she is trusted to compete Brexit, claiming: “The promise of Brexit is great, the opportunities before us enormous.

“Because if we get Brexit right, then together we can do great things. We can build a Britain beyond Brexit that is stronger, fairer and more prosperous than it is today.”

But Nick Clegg, the Liberal Democrat Europe spokesman, branded the speech “delusional”, saying: “Only a year ago, Theresa May declared that being in the EU makes us more secure, more prosperous, more influential.

“The relentlessly upbeat assessment of Brexit in her speech today is a U-turn of epic proportions. It is also dangerous, because it is calculated to distract attention from the shark-infested waters which we are now entering.”

9 questions about climate change you were too embarrassed to ask
President Donald Trump on Thursday made his final call to pull the United States out of the Paris climate agreement. The deal, joined by all but two countries (Syrian and Nicaragua), is a broad framework designed to nudge nations to prevent catastrophic climate change. Climate change and global warming, not to mention the Paris agreement, are oft-misconstrued issues. Read more
the signs as apocalyptic scenarios
  • Aries: Planet-wide electromagnetic pulse
  • Taurus: Reanimated dead (corporate-induced)
  • Gemini: Nuclear winter
  • Cancer: Reanimated dead (necromancy)
  • Leo: Sudden pole shift
  • Virgo: Catastrophic climate change
  • Libra: Rebellious AI
  • Scorpio: Supervirus
  • Sagittarius: Armageddon
  • Capricorn: Asteroid impact
  • Aquarius: Large igneous province
  • Pisces: Alien invasion
In spite of the flood of disturbing reports coming from both the Antarctic and the Arctic—just a few days ago, the National Snow and Ice Data Center reported that the extent of the Arctic ice cap in winter had hit a record low for the second year in a row—the issue of climate change has rarely come up during the Presidential primary campaign.
—  Elizabeth Kolbert, “Climate Catastrophe, Coming Even Sooner?

We’re so screwed

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, the brainchild of the scientists who worked on the Manhattan Project and produced the first atomic bombs used during World War II, has moved its iconic Doomsday Clock two minutes closer to midnight. It now stands at three minutes before midnight — midnight signifying complete global catastrophe.

Why we’re even closer