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As Climate Crisis Intensifies, $300+ Billion in Damages Makes 2017 Costliest Year Ever


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As Climate Crisis Intensifies, $300+ Billion in Damages Makes 2017 Costliest Year Ever

Jessica Corbett, staff writer

Experts say this "historic and unprecedented year of disastrous extremes" reinforces "the fact that climate change is a threat to our health, and also a threat to our economy."

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You ain’t seen nothin’ yet.


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As natural disasters escalate and world famine progresses from the south to the north, only hunger will cause the north to rise in revolution.


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“We can expect extreme weather events and economic losses and costs associated with them to continue increasing unless we make dramatic reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.”

Guess what? We can expect extreme weather events, economic losses and costs with to continue increasing until all of the excess C02 has been sequestered out of the atmosphere. That means that no matter what we do now it may be anywhere from 50 to 200 years for the climate to stabilize. Stabilize at what???


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Hunger is the last straw for all species. You can live without a house or a TV or cell phone but if you starve, you die.


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Global warming and catastrophic climate disasters are getting too expensive to ever repair. Meanwhile the amount of greenhouse gasses polluting our atmosphere is still increasing. Worse, there is no known way to realistically turn this around in time to avoid tipping points that could become impossible to rectify. There seems to be no solution that is scale-able and powerful enough to reduce GHGs soon enough to avoid runaway climate change. Without drastic cuts in growth and full acceptance of real austerity for everyone there appears to be little hope for dodging the inevitable collapse of our ecosystems and biosphere let alone our global economy. Are we all still in denial of the urgent crisis we now face?


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One of the tipping points is happening in real time…the shocking change in the jet streams, in particular the polar vortex.

Given – relative to Earth’s time scale – the relatively instant change, and the associated extreme weather events both hot and cold, the changes of course are going to speed up more changes in yet another enormous positive feedback system.

It’s going to get even more “interesting” and fast.


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Trump is so monstrous, stupid, fat, and orange that he’s managed to destroy the Earth’s climate in just one year – following nearly a decade of immaculate Democratic stewardship of our planet!

(If only we could elect more Democrats to office!)


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I’m thinking that in short order it will become impossible to deny the zero costs of the damage done by gw/cc. The 6th Extinction will be completed and it won’t matter, there won’t be any bean-counters left to count the beans.


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Wait! There will be beans left?


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"Experts say this “historic and unprecedented year of disastrous extremes” reinforces “the fact that climate change is a threat to our health, and also a threat to our economy.”

Fine, now what? What possible course of action could be taken to reverse this? The silence is deafening. These trends will only intensify exponentially with each passing year. Then all that remains is how to live, what to do while the Titanic sinks. That is a discussion worth having. Perhaps looking inwardly and reconnecting to nature (spirit) is the answer. All we know for certain at this point is that the future for this reality is looking uglier and uglier.


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“All of the above” included lots of drilling, didn’t it?


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Yeah. But no hooman beans.


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Well, maybe not Lima Beans :slight_smile: but beans of a sort. Plant life will remain around a bit longer than us, maybe.


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It will bounce back quicker that’s for sure and they won’t have industry to ruin it all again. :seedling::herb::sunflower:


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“The world without us” by Alan Weisman is a good indication of what it might be like if we disappear.


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May you live in interesting times.


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There is some comfort, as little as it is, that the nation which caused most of the climate change, 25% of the World’s pollution year over year, but only 5% of the World’s population, is reaping the rewards of its betrayal of mankind.