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Information Resources : CLIMATE EXTREMES

This is what we All are up against, the Two Critical Problems we must solve with Action Now - and there is no more "later":

Climate Dynamics and Extremes
Climate change, global warming, and extreme, non-linear weather and consequences within the planetary environment

Nuclear War
Imminent risk of nuclear war that will be unavoidable global and destructive of human civilization

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Greta Thunberg : A Voice with Real SOUL Power, a Woman of Action

Greta is a 16-year old Swedish girl (as of 2019) who speaks with truth, directness, and clarity, and she is very particularly focused upon Climate Issues of Today and why people - all people, all corporations, media, governments, are not making Climate Dynamics and Extremes their (our) #1 Attention and Action.

Here are URLs to several of Greta's talks and interviews. There are more, and surely you can find others, including variations in languages. Greta's native language is Swedish. I think her talks should be translated into many languages. She has a way of communicating things that is rare and very much needed in our world.

Jorgen Randers

The Book --- "2052 : A Global Forecast for the Next Forty Years" (2012; in English)
Everyone should read this book carefully. Prof. Randers argues and shows that the way things were as of 2012, we had a chance. But if we do not Act Intelligently and adaptively and Together, we will risk Catastrophes of the most extreme form. His warnings have not been heeded, the adequate adaptive and constructive measures have not been taken or even started in any adequate manner, and the effects are ramping up very quickly and faster than even Prof. Randers predicted in this book.

"Going Beyond 'Dangerous'Climate Change" - A Very Important Presentation

Kevin Anderson (Univ. of Machester) at the London School of Economics (2016)
This is a very clear, straightforward talk, and it is even more to the point as we see the increased, accelerating actions in the Climate - and the inactions, the ingore-ance, the passivity, of too many people in too many nations. Annually, the "1%" super-wealthy, super-consumers, produce about 300 tons of CO2 per person - the massive majority of people, less than 5 tons per person. The notion that we can keep the verage rise in temperature to even 2 degrees Celsius is a myth at this point. The question is - how high will things go, and why are we All, as a Planetary Civilization, doing practically nothing to change our lifestyles of excessive, gluttonous, frenzied, rabid consumption.

"What One Person Can Do About Climate Change" - Inspirational And Practical

Ella Lagé : her talk in Berlin (in English)
Ella's focus has been on Divestment, and she recounts how she began, how she went about her Mission, and the positive results. This all fits with what we are aiming to accompolish with the SOUL Power Project within the SOUL Initiative today.

"The Great Challenge: Farming, Food and Climate Change" - A Must See-and-Hear Talk

Michael Pollan, U.C. Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism (2014)
This is an excellent talk, the speaker is clear and very understandable, and many very important points are brought out here. For instance, consider that before @ 1945, use of 1 calorie of fossil fuel in agriculture (USA statistics) yielded output of 2.3 calories in food-energy and thus a Gain of 1.4 calories. Today, 10 calories of fossil fuel energy are used to produce 1 calorie of food energy - a LOSS of 9 calories - extremely inefficient. (And for BEEF, it is a cost of 66 calories of fossil fuel energy to yield only 1 calorie of food(beef) energy. THINK! ACT!

"Heading for Extinction and what to do about it" - A Must See-and-Hear Talk

An excellent address (Sept. 2018) by Gail Bradbrook
In this powerful 50-min. talk, Dr. Bradbroook, co-founder of Rising Up! and Extinction Rebellion (XR), presents, clearly and directly, comprehensive sets of data from many sources and studies, with a clear exposition of the consequences for all aspects of Life on Earth. As she points out eloquently in the beginning of her talk, there is and mus be a theme of Open Grief in the hearing and understanding of what has been going on, virtually unchecked and insufficiently addressed, and what is now essentially inevitable.

"The Climate Change Forecast: Its Roots and Outlook"

Geophysicists David Archer and Raymond Pierrehumbert (2015)
Geophysicists David Archer and Raymond Pierrehumbert provide a joint perspective on rising CO2 levels in the atmosphere and their expected impact on the earth's climate. It's more than just a question of magnitude--this talk will address just how long (in geological terms) increased emissions will impact the planet's temperature, rainfall, sea level, and ice coverage. What are the ethical implications and economic arguments? Speaking from decades of research, Archer and Pierrehumbert will offer their thoughts on these questions and critique the thinking of some mainstream economists on climate change.Recommended reading:Climate Change: A Catastrophe in Slow Motion; RealClimate.org; The Long Thaw: How Humans are Changing the Next 100,000 Years of Earth's Climate; The millennial atmospheric lifetime of anthropogenic CO2; and Warming Papers.

This letter by Prof. Pierrehumbert to Steve Levitt and "Freaknomics" is pertinent and worth reading:
An Open Letter to Steve Levitt
RealClimate.org, the main site
The recomended 'Start" page for RealClimate.org

"Climate Change, Migration and Environmental Refugees"

Professor Andy Pitman, Dr Jane McAdam and Anna Samson (2008)
As the science of climate change becomes increasingly well understood, the ramifications of projected increases in temperature, changes to rainfall patterns, rises in sea-level and increase in extreme weather events require attention from policy-makers worldwide. This is particularly apparent in relation to migration, refugees and international security, with climate change acting as a threat multiplier to exacerbate existing tensions and instability. The Institute of Environmental Studies, in conjunction with the Climate Change Research Centre, the Faculty of Law and the Refugee Council of Australia held a public forum at UNSW on these very issues featuring Professor Andy Pitman, Dr Jane McAdam and Anna Samson.

"Climate Change and Global Food Security"

The Earth Transformed (6 Lectures) - Univ. of Arizona, with David Battisti, Tamaki Endowed Chair, Professor of Atmospheric Science, University of Washington (2016)
By the end of the century, the season averaged growing temperature will very likely exceed the highest temperature ever recorded throughout the tropics and subtropics. By 2050, the increase in temperature alone is projected to cause a 20% reduction in the yield of all of the major grains (maize, wheat, rice and soybeans). The breadbasket countries in the midlatitudes will experience marked increases in year-to-year volatility in crop production. Increasing stresses on the major crops due to climate change, coupled with the increasing demand for food due to increasing population and development, present significant challenges to achieving global food security. This seminar explores the likely impact of climate change and volatility on food production and availability in the foreseeable future.

"Future Earth: What Will Earth Look Like in 2025? | Disaster Documentary"

A series of illustrtions about traumatic events that may likely occur, if not by 2025, then not long thereafter (@ 2012)
This is highly visualized and with high-impact points. It is not "Hollywood" but made for Impact on Audiences.But it is worth seeing in view of the fact that the climate is changing more rapidly than predicted, with higher and faster rises in temperature, and the other consequences for WATER especially.

"Future Earth: Fossil Fuels Could Destroy the World"

A series of illustrations about traumatic events that may likely occur, if not by 2025, then not long thereafter
This, also produced by "Reel Science", is highly visualized and with high-impact points. It is not "Hollywood" but made for Impact on Audiences. But it is worth seeing in view of the fact that the climate is changing more rapidly than predicted, with higher and faster rises in temperature, and the other consequences for WATER especially.

"Increasing Resilience to Climate Change"

Given at the Woodrow Wilson Center (2014)
Part of the Managing The Planet series.

"Climate migration: Disasters, displacement and disappearing countries"

Atle Solberg, Tore Furevik, Kees Van Der Geest and Amali Tower, are joining us to discuss the issues in the field of migration due to climate change, with Inger Marit Kolstadbråten as moderator. (2019)
Human activity is one of the major factors of global warming and clearly one of the causal factors in the accelerations of climate extremes. The environment is rapidly changing, and one of today’s biggest challenges is the great number of individuals who will be forced to move due to unbearable situations related to climate change. This will happen both within nations and across borders. Migration runs along a continuum, from voluntary movement to forced displacement. Currently there is no international legal framework that addresses and secures the rights and needs of people who are forced to move or migrate as a result of environmental causes. With an increased skepticism towards refugees, what will the future of acceptance be if the 1951 Refugee Convention were to be amended, and all of those fleeing due to the environment were granted status as refugees?

"The Soil Solution to Climate Change Film"

The Soil Solution to Climate Change was one of thirteen films featured in A Climate of Change Tour (2014)
Soil is a living universe beneath our feet. As important to our lives as clean air and water, soil also holds a potential solution to the global climate crisis. Increasing numbers of scientists, farmers and ranchers are implementing innovative land use practices that build fertile soil and sequester atmospheric carbon These methods of land management have the potential to provide us with nutritious food, improved human health, cleaner water, and a healthier planet for all. World wide, most soils are depleted of carbon. The atmosphere contains an excess of carbon in the form of CO2, a climate change causing gas. What if that CO2 could be removed and stored in our carbon-hungry soil through land management practices? Find out how in The Soil Solution. The Soil Solution to Climate Change was one of thirteen films featured in A Climate of Change Tour sponsored by 350.org, TRUST campaign and Wild and Scenic Film Festival. It has screened at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, Sausalito Film Festival, Awareness Festival, Davis Film Festival, Wild and Scenic Film Tour 2013 and the One Earth Film Festival.

"Aquatic Ecosystem Vulnerability to Fire and Climate Change"

A production of the USGS focused upon interactions between climate, fire, perafrost, vegetation, watersheds, focused upon Alaska. (2019)
Fire is the dominant ecological disturbance process in boreal forests (coniferous forests consisting mostly of pines, spruces, and larches) and fire frequency, size and severity are increasing in Alaska owing to climate warming. However, interactions among fire, climate, permafrost, vegetation and hydrologic and watershed processes are poorly understood, yet critical for conservation and management of boreal aquatic habitats in a changing environment. In this webinar, the Alaska CASC supported authors will address this challenge in interior Alaska. Their work includes characterizing physical and biological mechanisms driving aquatic habitat dynamics and productivity in fire impacted watersheds, and developing an integrated modeling framework to quantify future impacts of fire and climate on aquatic habitats and population vulnerability. They also worked directly with land managers to develop management objectives and scenarios to explore interactions between fire management and future climate scenarios and the effects on aquatic habitats using a structured decision making process. This work will increase land managers’ capacity to project and respond to environmental change in boreal aquatic ecosystems, and develop an improved understanding of mechanistic linkages among key ecosystem processes.

"Climate Change, Insect Biology, and the Challenges Ahead"

Distinctive Voices series - John Trumbell, UC-Riverside, host (2018)
Our climate is changing. C02 levels in the atmosphere are growing at unprecedented rates and temperatures are increasing so quickly that in less than one hundred years humans will be living on a planet that will be hotter than at any time in the evolution of the human species. Increasing concentrations of atmospheric C02 are already effecting insects and plants. Rainfall patterns are changing. These effects lead to series of critical challenges that we must overcome even as human populations are rapidly growing. Clearly, we must find ways to increase the global food supply. Among our biggest competitors will be insects. Climate change and global travel are enhancing the introduction of new agriculturally and medically important insects into natural and agricultural systems. Some of these movements are predictable and plans for their introductions should be made in advance. From a scientific viewpoint, the likely ecological changes in insect-plant interactions are fascinating. From a societal point of view, now is the time to begin training the next generation of agricultural scientists and farmers. Unfortunately, the current trend is for universities to cut back on agricultural departments, and many students do not find agricultural disciplines to be as exciting (or as profitable) as manufacturing, engineering, and the sciences that have taken us into space. We have to do a better job of showing our students how advanced and interesting agricultural sciences really are. Eventually the need for food will drive the need for more scientists and improved farming techniques, but unless we act on all of these challenges now, we risk falling too far behind to sustain either the population or our environment.

"Climate Webinar: Climate Change & Corn Belt Agriculture in the Midwest"

A webinar with Q/A discussions focused upon the Midwest and Great Lakes Region (2015)
Corn is one of the key world food commodities, just behind rice. Severe weather events associated with climate change are forecast to increase in number and intensity. These are predicted to increase nutrient runoff and have the potential to decrease corn crop yields. This webinar focuses on: -- climate predictions for the Midwest, -- research findings from the USDA grant “Climate change, mitigation, and adaptation in corn based cropping systems,” -- impacts for Lake Erie.

Several Articles including from the Mainstream Press

IPRR REPORT - FACING UP TO THE AGE OF ENVIRONMENTAL BREAKDOWN

THIS IS A CRISIS - FACING UP TO THE AGE OF ENVIRONMENTAL BREAKDOWN (Summary only)

THIS IS A CRISIS - FACING UP TO THE AGE OF ENVIRONMENTAL BREAKDOWN (Full Report)


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