Climate Breakdown

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Something to keep in mind…

The rapid degradation of the Canadian boreal forest
threatens
to have a global impact
exacerbating the effects of climate change
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In just 20 years, an area nearly the size of Ohio
has been cut with a huge portion
of this harvested wood
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converted into pulps that are used to manufacture
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newsprint,
paper,
and tissue
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NRDC


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Something to keep in mind…

We have to make decisions now
which will literally determine whether
organized human life can survive
in any decent form.
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You can imagine what the world would be like if sea level rises
say, ten or twenty feet or even higher now
which is easily within the range of predictions
the consequences are unimaginable.
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It is as if we are like the proverbial lemmings
just happily marching off the cliff
led by leaders who understand very well what they are doing
but are so dedicated to enriching themselves
and their friends in the near future
that it simply doesn’t matter what happens to the human species.
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There is nothing like this in all of human history.
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There have been plenty of monsters in the past.
Plenty of them.
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But you can’t find one who is dedicated with passion
to destroying the prospects for organized human life.

Noam Chomsky


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Something to keep in mind…


For every square yard of forest,
27 square yards of leaves and needles blanket the crowns.

In addition, each summer, trees use up to 8,500 cubic yards of water per square mile,
which they release into the air through transpiration.
This water vapor creates new clouds that travel farther inland to release their rain.

This water pump works so well that the
downpours in some large areas of the world, such as the Amazon Basin,
are almost
as heavy thousands of miles inland as they are on the coast.


the whole process breaks down if coastal forests are cleared.

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The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben



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Something to keep in mind…

We are now in the midst of the 6th extinction,
with a very rapid destruction of other species
and of the kind of environment in which they can survive,
like wilderness for example.
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We are pushing to the edge of not only our own survival,
but that of much of life on earth.
So, is this the most gravest moment in my life?
Yes,
but also in all of human history.

Noam Chomsky


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Something to keep in mind… "If all of the ice on Greenland and Antarctica were to go, we are talking about 72, perhaps even 80 meters (262 ft) of global sea level rise." Paul Beckwith


Melting glacier in China

The loud crack rang out from the fog above the Baishui No. 1 Glacier as a stone shard careened down the ice, flying past Chen Yanjun as he operated a GPS device.
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Millions of people each year are drawn to Baishui’s frosty beauty on the southeastern edge of the Third Pole __ a region in Central Asia with the world’s third-largest store of ice after Antarctica and Greenland that’s roughly the size of Texas and New Mexico combined.

Third Pole glaciers are vital to billions of people from Vietnam to Afghanistan. Asia’s 10 largest rivers __ including the Yangtze, Yellow, Mekong, and Ganges __ are fed by seasonal melting.
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The glacier has lost 60 per cent of its mass and shrunk 250 metres (820 feet) since 1982, according to a 2018 report in the Journal of Geophysical Research.”