I started this blog with a post talking about Emerging Megatrends 2012. Sustainability and place: How emerging mega-trends of the 21st century will affect humans and nature, including a 16 page study outlining this on my first page. Climate change is just ONE of the Emerging Megatrends!
Guess what?? It wasn’t just me picking up a lone article by some nut bar. There are/were others screaming Fawwwk!! off their literal front porch as well. I just couldn’t hear it over the echoes of my own.
I give you Emerging Megatrends (aka Giant Turdballs or GTB) , as perceived by another watcher, approximately a year earlier.
A 50,000-Foot View of the Global Crisis
Paul Cherfurka, July 8, 2011
We are now well into a global crisis that may mark the end of this cycle of human civilization. In this note I present a summary of what’s going on as far as I can tell, as well as a scenario for how things might develop over the next 75 years or so.
The issue is enormous, so an overview like this is inevitably going to be skimpy on details. This is, after all, not an academic journal. However, like every other fact in the known universe, those details are just a Google away…
Because the global predicament manifests itself in some way in virtually every area of human endeavour, any useful approach to it must be massively cross-disciplinary. Fruitful areas for investigation include:
- Finance (especially the characteristics and behaviour of money)
- Energy and Resource Issues:
- Peak Oil and oil production in general
- Classical electrical generation (coal, nuclear and hydro power)
- Renewable electrical generation (wind, solar, geothermal, tidal and biomass)
- Biofuels (including ERoEI considerations)
- Rare Earth metal supplies
- Copper and Iron ore concentrations
- Ecology (especially related to carrying capacity and footprint)
- Climate change
- Ocean acidification
- Methane tipping points (permafrost and oceanic hydrates)
- Species extinctions (including oceanic overfishing)
- Deforestation and desertification
- Fresh water depletion
- Soil fertility depletion
- Pollution: chemicals, heavy metals, radioactive waste, eutrophication, oceanic debris fields etc.
- Complex adaptive systems and resilience theory
- Complexity theory and “Liebig’s Law of the Minimum”
- Genetic engineering (especially related to agriculture)
- Habitat loss due to human numbers/activity
- Peak Food
Each of these 30 points is a field of study on its own…. Continue reading….
- Solari Report quarterly interview with The Saker I really like this fellas analysis of things in Asia, Middle East,and USA. He has a different take on all you hear on the Main Stream Media.
Climate Crisis (ecocide)
- Dr Peter Carter: summarising the lack of “climate emergency” at #COP25. Some straight talk. As an aside take a look at the denial in comments. Its really quite astounding.
- Sizzling Arctic: Top 5 Climate Horror Stories in NOAA’s Report Card.
Financial (roller coaster)
- Three Major Imbalances – Financial, Trust and Geopolitical
Wrap it up, would ya?
Climate Emergency is currently getting the most press of the Emerging Megatrends. There are equally as bad Giant Turd Balls rumbling our way. They just can’t be heard above the cacophony of Brexit, Impeachment, Sports and the Shopping Channel.
But what caused the raining parade of GTB?? ……Too many people.
If you’ve made it to here… well done. Now what?
As always, should you find anything that refutes the general idea of a horrific collapse of the civilization we know, that this is all a bad dream, and/or it’s me who is nuts (rather than the entire planets’ population less myself and 3 part time readers), I’m open to a funner outlook.