Do you remember the original Star Trek tee vee show where Spock and Kirk play chess on a multi leveled see through chess board? I do, and it was the most my mind ever got blown without sex or drugs.
Do you remember the ol’ school story about doubling a grain of wheat on each and every square of a chess board? It goes like this, if you start with a single grain of wheat and double it for every square on the board, you end up with more wheat than is grown in all the world.
We are changing earth’s forests and peat bogs from carbon sinks, that absorb carbon, into carbon emitters, opposite of the way we like it to be. I wish the last 2 Beatles wrote a song called ‘Don’t Let It Be’. It’s like your gain is as large as your loss, or, it’s like twice the ol’ double whammy.
Natural emissions are rapidly accelerating from more than a dozen naturally occurring feedback tipping points, independently from human emissions. Natural emissions will soon outweigh human emissions. These tipping points are on exponential curves, just like the grains of wheat on the chess board. Exponential curves are like that drunken tipsy feeling you get before the ground rushes up and smacks you in the face. I did just exactly that on a subway platform 20 years ago. My dad once told me that you are not drunk if you can still hang onto a blade of grass and not fall off the face of the earth, he was being facetious.
Collapse is an exponential curve. The economy is collapsing, but we are just barely feeling it. Or, we are just at that ‘pre-collapse tipsy’ moment, before reality rushes up to smack us in the face. Energy depletion is also an exponential curve. Just like I’m going get drunk this morning, and collapse tonight. Human carbon emissions are also on an exponential curve. But, far more seriously, natural source carbon emissions from a dozen different feedback systems are also all on exponential curves. This may be the weed talking, but I doubt if there are any really straight lines when talking about any throughput material like carbon.
It’s like taking a 12 layer chess board and placing a grain of wheat on each level, and then doubling them all for every square on the chess boards. The boards will collapse far quicker than it would from doubling just a single grain.
The temperate and tropical zones will soon feel permanent catastrophic consequences from weather and climate extremes in less than 5 years. But, people forget that the Arctic is heating up to 5 times faster than the rest of the planet.
An emergency meeting has been called at The London Royal Academy of Science because we recently found out that the oceans are losing oxygen 6 times faster than we thought.
When ocean temperatures finally reach 5° C, ocean oxygen will stop being produced.
When carbon emissions go up enough, oxygen slowly leaks into space.
When carbon reaches 1500 ppm, the oceans slowly drift off into space.
We are causing earth to lose its air and water.
The earth will not be fine without us.
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