Oceans: losing oxygen, warming, acidifying, plankton population has been decreasing for decades, coral reefs decimated.
Re the Australian coral reef: “It’s more than an alarm bell, it’s an air raid siren.” John “Charlie” Veron, the Godfather of Coral
Geoffrey West, physicist at the Santa Fe Institute, from his book Scale: "metabolic rates scale exponentially with temperature rather than a power law as it does with mass. Because metabolic rate—the rate at which energy is supplied to cells—is the fundamental driver of all biological rates and times, all of the central features of life from gestation to mortality are exponentially sensitive to temperature.”
“… a modest 2° C change in ambient temperature leads to a 20 to 30 percent change in growth and mortality rates. This is huge and therein lies our problem.”
What is the cause of our demise, i.e., what is climate change a symptom of? I submit that, largely, it is this emergent phenom: exponentially accelerating complexity, which includes exponentially accruing knowledge. Briefly: Add ~ 6 billion people since 1900, give billions access to exponentially more powerful tech. These inputs continue to expand human reach across the globe, creating myriad unprecedented relationships in-and-across Geo Eco Bio Cultural & Tech networks.
And what is world culture’s dominant app for relationship interface that generates our unprecedented relationships with the sky, ocean, other species, ground water, forests and human relationships? It is humans deploying monetary code.
The app lacks information processing reach, speed, accuracy power, and often slows or prevents creativity. These information processing criteria are the fundamentals of passing multilevel selection tests.
Add this information processing fundamental: Code is physics generated and physics efficacious relationship infrastructure in bio, cultural & tech networks: genetic, epigenetic, language, math, moral, religious, legal, monetary, etiquette, software.
“The story of human intelligence starts with a universe that is capable of encoding information.” Ray Kurzweil – How To Create A Mind
One manner of distillation:
Humans aren’t sufficiently coded — biologically, culturally or technologically — to pass natural selection tests in environs undergoing exponentially accelerating complexity for X number of years.
Year X approaches.