World Safe — Global Fearmongering So Passe

Reblog — Wagathon | February 28, 2013 at 11:40 pm |

story at Yale Environment 360

e360 digest – 28 Feb 2013:
Earth Unlikely to Face  An Ecological Tipping Point
A team of international scientists has rejected the idea that the planet could face a sudden and irreversible ecological shift as a result of largely human-driven pressures… including climate change, biodiversity loss, and over-exploitation of resources…
—  This reality, the authors suggest, should encourage communities to pursue appropriate conservation solutions at local and regional levels rather than becoming distracted by projections of “doom and gloom” on a global scale.
© 2008-2013 Yale University

Analysis

The authors…

Does the terrestrial biosphere have planetary tipping points?
Barry W. Brook, Erle C. Ellis, Michael P. Perring, Anson W. Mackay, Linus Blomqvist
Trends in Ecology & Evolution – 28 February 2013

…concluded, as follows: identifying critical [tipping] points along global continua of drivers might be unfeasible and… characterizing global biotic change with single aggregates is inapt. Simply put, they’re saying reductionism is quatch!

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Wagathon | March 1, 2013 at 12:21 am |

Civilizations come and go. The American experience, Western Europe… they’re just recent examples. We have more to fear from ourselves than the environment has to fear from us. The longest and most enduring memorial to humanity on a modest scale are some stone implements and on a grand scale the Egyptian pyramids and Great Wall of China. A thousand years from now a few restored gas pumps will be the only historical reminder of humanity’s flirtation with the idea of humanity’s God-given right to liberty.

Wagathon | March 1, 2013 at 1:45 pm |

The Medium is the Message:

The Guardian, a self-styled “Greenie” shows it is wholly oblivious to the socioeconomic and political implications of climate change as a heuristic phenomenon–e.g.,

We are electing politicians who associate the business of living with evil as if going to work in the morning to make products and provide services that other people want and are willing to pay for out of their own earnings is causing calamitous global climate disruption and destroying the Earth’s environment.

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About Wagathon

Hot World Syndrome—fear of a hotter, more intimidating world than it actually is prompting a desire for more protection than is warranted by any actual threat. A Chance Meeting– We toured south along the Bicentennial Bike Trail in the Summer of 1980, working up appetites covering ~70 miles per day and staying at hiker/biker campgrounds at night along the Oregon/California coast (they were 50¢ a day at that time). The day's ride over, and after setting up tents, hitting the showers, and making a run to a close-by store, it was time to relax. The third in our little bicycle tour group, Tom, was about 30 yards away conversing with another knot of riders and treating himself to an entire cheesecake for dinner. He probably figured Jim and I would joke about what a pig he was eating that whole pie and decided to eat among strangers. Three hours later after sharing stories and remarking on a few coincidences that turned up here and there, Tom and one of the former strangers realized they were cousins, meeting in this most unlikely place for the first time. ~Mac
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