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Scientists made a detailed “roadmap” for meeting the Paris climate goals. It’s eye-opening.
Soberingly eye-opening. The plan calls for halving annual carbon output over a decade. Then halving it again over the next decade. Then halving once more over a third decade. And that's just one part of the plan.
I'll admit, the taste sucks. That may deter thieves.
A few people dry or dehydrate them – tastes a little better that way. Others put it in herbal soups or herbal teas. You may want to mix into a berry smoothie.
I would grow some and freeze or dry them, just so in case of transportation breakdown/collapse, you have a good source of vitamin C, B vitamins, etc.
Thanks for your hellos! I've missed you all. I still lurk here, but I spend most of my time on Reddit nowadays (under a different pseudonym).
Here are a couple of videos. The narrator's criteria and rankings may be subject to debatable, but they are still worth a few minutes of watching and thinking about:
Top Ten Safest Countries if World War 3 Breaks Out
Ten Countries That May Not Survive the Next 20 Years
Would love to hear your ideas and assessments! Personally, I think Canada looks safe.
Several scientists researched and authored a paper on the best places to relocate to for the 21st century from a sustainability standpoint.
The paper is titled "Sustainability and place: How emerging mega-trends of the 21st century will affect humans and nature at the landscape level".Below is a link to a page with excepts, as well as a link to the full paper."Five scientists have written a peer-reviewed article about where the best and worst places will be in the future in America based on how sustainable a region is when you take into account climate change, energy reserves, population, sea-level rise, increasingly strong hurricanes, and other factors. Three of the scientists, John W. Day, David Pimentel, and Charles Hall, are 'rock stars' in ecology."
I came me across this image that really helps explain the highs and lows of mountains and ocean trenches…
Interesting in itself. But also interesting in showing how deep the BP Horizon well really is…
Here is the image on LiveScience.com (but low quality): http://www.livescience.com/images/i/000/037/288/i02/oap-landsea-oceans-130228a-02.jpg
and here is the bottom "half" in higher quality (see link, and then Image below my name): https://i.imgur.com/LNOWQJ1.jpg
Thank you so much for the reminder that we need to be prepared for a lot of different possibilities.
Please stay safe!
Every Forest Biome On Earth Is Actively Dying Right Now
by Becky Ferreira
"…according to the latest issue of Science, which is devoted to forest health, every major forest biome is struggling. While each region suffers from unique pressures, the underlying thread that connects them all is undeniably human activity."
No problem. Glad to share, Dennis. Here's more:
When the End of Human Civilization Is Your Day Job: Among many climate scientists, gloom has set in. Things are worse than we think, but they can't really talk about it. (July 7, 2015)
By John H. Richardson
"For more than thirty years, climate scientists have been living a surreal existence. A vast and ever-growing body of research shows that warming is tracking the rise of greenhouse gases exactly as their models predicted. The physical evidence becomes more dramatic every year: forests retreating, animals moving north, glaciers melting, wildfire seasons getting longer, higher rates of droughts, floods, and storms—five times as many in the 2000s as in the 1970s. In the blunt words of the 2014 National Climate Assessment, conducted by three hundred of America's most distinguished experts at the request of the U. S. government, human-induced climate change is real—U. S. temperatures have gone up between 1.3 and 1.9 degrees, mostly since 1970—and the change is already affecting "agriculture, water, human health, energy, transportation, forests, and ecosystems." But that's not the worst of it. Arctic air temperatures are increasing at twice the rate of the rest of the world—a study by the U. S. Navy says that the Arctic could lose its summer sea ice by next year, eighty-four years ahead of the models—and evidence little more than a year old suggests the West Antarctic Ice Sheet is doomed, which will add between twenty and twenty-five feet to ocean levels. The one hundred million people in Bangladesh will need another place to live and coastal cities globally will be forced to relocate, a task complicated by economic crisis and famine—with continental interiors drying out, the chief scientist at the U. S. State Department in 2009 predicted a billion people will suffer famine within twenty or thirty years."
Exxon knew of climate change in 1981, email says – but it funded deniers for 27 more years (July 88, 2015)
By Suzanne Goldenberg
Dame Ellen MacArthur: The surprising thing I learned sailing solo around the world (March 2015)
"What do you learn when you sail around the world on your own? When solo sailor Ellen MacArthur circled the globe – carrying everything she needed with her – she came back with new insight into the way the world works, as a place of interlocking cycles and finite resources, where the decisions we make today affect what's left for tomorrow. She proposes a bold new way to see the world's economic systems: not as linear, but as circular, where everything comes around."
Big problem she neglects to mention: The world's population keeps growing. It is a race of the collective human population growth and demand, versus collective human ability to change course. And one is clearly ahead of the other.
Head Count: Fertilizer, fertility, and the clashes over population growth (October 21, 2013)
"Weisman travels to several countries with moderately to very high fertility rates. When he asks people in these countries what should be done to bring down the numbers, mostly the answer is 'Nothing.' In Niger, in the village of Mailafia, he encounters a mother of eight who laments the lack of milk in her town. 'All we want is food so we can produce children,' she exclaims. Also in Niger, in the city of Maradi, he meets an imam who tells him, 'We know the future is alarming. But man cannot hold back doomsday.' In the Israeli city of Brei Brak, Weisman meets another mother of eight. She tells him she’s not the least bit concerned about the world’s burgeoning population, because 'God made the problem, and He will solve it.' At a clinic in Karachi, Pakistan, he meets a technician who refuses to administer the contraceptive injection that one of the clinic’s patients has just been prescribed. 'I don’t believe we should practice family planning,' the technician says. 'Our community should increase in number.' "
Don't forget getting seeds for sprouting to get fresh greens, vitamins, fiber, etc. What you want are edible beans that are not coated with pesticides/preservatives.