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When will the Amazon reach a tipping point?

I posted this in January 2021. Since then we have had almost two years of further destruction. Will Lula be able to make a difference? We, in the rest of the world can only hope and wait.

The poster child if you like for trees is the Amazon rainforest. It’s the one that everyone remembers and roughly knows where it is but it is being decimated effectively so that the burgeoning global human population and their waistlines can eat cheap beef burgers. Like many countries in South America, Brazil’s population continues to grow. The Brazilians are mostly descendants of Europeans that have only been there for five or so centuries yet the numbers today are so many that they are destroying the country like locusts in a field of crops. Studies have shown that once enough of the forest has been cut down precipitation will change and the forest will stop producing enough rain to sustain itself. How long before this happens is as usual open to debate and many think that it will be in the 2030s to 2040s. In 2019, an economist called Monica de Bolle, suggested that this might happen early on in the 2020s, https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/oct/23/amazon-rainforest-close-to-irreversible-tipping-point. What is known is that the Amazon, a forest of 16,000 different tree species is drying out, https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-00508-4. It is thought that in the last 100 years that the temperature in the forest has increased between 1 and 1.5oC and that in parts the dry season has increased from 4 to almost 5 months in the last 50 years. In addition there has been three severe droughts between 2005 and 2020 and it is thought that some species of trees are thriving at the expense of those that are dying due to the less moist conditions. At the time of writing even the pandemic appeared not to be able to slow the rate of deforestation in the Amazon.

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Ordem y Progresso

I first blogged this in January 2021. Let’s hope that with Lula ousting the idiot Bolsonaro that the forests of Brazil will be restored.

First off, this isn’t a Brazilian tree but I’m using it to illustrate a problem. Second, there are probably no countries that are truly clean and green and living sustainably within the ability of the planet to regenerate. That said Brazil is currently one of the worst countries in the world for forest destruction. So the saying on their national flag is rather meaningless because if the destruction of forests and extinction of tree species is order and progress then the human monkey species has got the meaning of the words seriously wrong. Take the case of the iconic and distinctive Araucaria tree. They have been part of Brazil’s Atlantic forest for hundreds of thousands of years long before the descendants of Europeans drew the imaginary line on the continent of South America, https://theconversation.com/climate-breakdown-is-pushing-brazils-iconic-araucaria-tree-to-extinction-new-research-123068?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Latest%20from%20The%20Conversation%20for%20September%2011%202019%20-%201406813256&utm_content=Latest%20from%20The%20Conversation%20for%20September%2011%202019%20-%201406813256+CID_1faadc5548eba903dffbb5148a125fe3&utm_source=campaign_monitor_uk&utm_term=Climate%20breakdown%20is%20pushing%20Brazils%20iconic%20Araucaria%20tree%20to%20extinction%20%20new%20research. In the 20th century Ordem y Progresso led to 97% of them being cut down and now human caused climate change could finish them off. What are the reasons for this species and others demise? Quite simply too many human monkeys and there is no sign of any plans to even stabilise that population so many more species of not just trees but species from insects to animals will disappear as the ridiculous mantra of Ordem y Progresso continues. As I mentioned I have only used Brazil as an example of a global human problem, one we will not deal with. Humanity needs to start acting as an intelligent species and not a huge swam of locusts.

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Paris – A vision by Anne Hidalgo

I posted this almost two years ago. A city that has only shared resources is far better for all. We need to end the “My car” culture in every town and city centre across the globe.

I’m a big fan of Paris, it’s a wonderful city, but unfortunately like so many others it’s overrun by private car ownership and use despite having a brilliant public transport system. The Champs-Élysées is a great avenue and space but for most of the time it is clogged with cars. I saw Miguel Induráin win one of his Tour de France races there in the 90s, an amazing event with it is thought a million people watching. This should give you some idea of its size.

Thankfully, Paris has a visionary mayor who wants to convert the city into a city for people and she, Anne Hidalgo, has this incredible plan for the Champs-Élysées. Other cities need to start following her and start converting such places into places for the many and not the privileged few, https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pariss-champs-elysees-get-green-makeover-180976737/?fbclid=IwAR0cj53g1eVGftGgNjb-XAiGRI572mgpFub9wtz_DIgJTN74ramvlYsWpP4.

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How long before Earth erases all traces of Homo sapiens?

Finding the remains of other human species is reasonably rare and of other species that have come and gone. H. sapiens have scarred the planet far more deeply than others so it would presumably take a lot longer to bury all trace or most of the traces of our existence should we by dumb enough to aid ourselves in going extinct. If it happened tomorrow imagine intelligent aliens arriving one hundred years from now or a thousand, ten thousand or one hundred thousand. Would any of what we have done be left poking out of the surface? I took this photo in the overgrown cemetery at Brompton in London near the Chelsea football stadium. You can see how quickly the plants, then bushes and then trees take over the untended graves. The arch in the picture would take longer but eventually plant life would gain a hold in small crevices and eventually it would come tumbling down. We forget that we exist on a dynamic changing planet and we often ignore that we are here because of the way it works. Currently we are doing our best to break it and this may well indeed lead to our extinction if we are not too careful. We must therefore as a species learn to tread more carefully upon it.

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Let’s get real

I blogged this a while ago but nothing has really changed. In terms of a sustainable life we have to get rid of the “My car” lifestyle in town and city centres. The “My car” society needs to be replaced by shared resources and public transport along with re-purposing building in these areas and changing parking spaces and driveways into green spaces bringing cleaner and greener habitable places to live.

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The marketing and advertising industries have been pushing the unsustainable dream life for those with enough money in their pockets and bank accounts for decades. Meanwhile countless numbers of 3rd world workers and their environment have been sacrificed to maintain this neoliberal drug fueled party for those 1st world party goers that are able to get into the club. Thankfully, some are waking up to the fact that the party has gone way too far and on for way too long. Hence some suitable rebellion like this climate change graffiti. Some in polite society may call this vandalism but when big money and fossil fuel corporations have been the neoliberal drug dealers supplying the party goers this is one of the only ways of fighting back.

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Think

When I took this photo below in 2012 the world’s human population was just over 7,000,000,000 and now just over ten years later the estimated number is 8,000,000,000 in November 2022.

Street sellers and traffic queue, Asuncion, Paraguay
Street sellers and traffic queue, Asuncion

So what of these street hustlers trying to make a just getting by living with their captive audience stuck in a traffic jam? Are they still out there on the street trying to survive or have they become “rich” after reading one of the many books that you can read on how to become successful when starting with nothing? I suspect that they, for most of them, are still trying to scrape a living. Meanwhile for every person who writes about their success there are a million or maybe ten million or more who are also still trying just to get by. Why’s that? Because we live on a finite planet and we have a broken system, a system that can only bring misery to many and wealth to a few. So out of the extra 1,000,000,000 humans born in the last ten years how many are likely to “succeed” as we call it and how many will become long term street hustlers?

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Food, while some go hungry others will waste it

Such is the ability to think of only what is “normal” for many people and their inability to think critically of what their actions entails. The supposed “tradition” of Halloween is “just a bit of fun” isn’t it? The fact that it bears little resemblance to the Christian feast or how it was and is celebrated seems to matter not to many. While countless will waste this food countless will go hungry. This food has been grown with fertilisers, pesticides, water and in a field where an ecosystem once stood but in the majority of cases it will go to waste rotting in some landfill or burnt in an incinerator. In addition to all of this of course there’s the fossil fuel use and adding to climate change in transporting this food around to be wasted. Not forgetting all the packaging that’s used, often plastic and all the energy used in bringing this commercialised bastardisation of a religious festival to the people. Now tell me what was that celebration all about?

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Fishing is not natural – Environmental loading 18

Why would anyone think that? The ecosystems of the seas and the oceans have functioned normally for 100s of millions of years with the first complex life forms evolving some 560 million years ago and with the first fish appearing 530 million years before present, https://ocean.si.edu/through-time/ocean-through-time.

Then along comes a monkey, the human primate, a creature that evolved from the water who then, in very recent history, compared to life in the seas and oceans comes up with the idea for a boat. The concept is copied innumerable times as the monkey finds it likes to eat or use many of the life forms that live in the watery environment but without consideration to what this will do to those ecosystems.

Part of his expansion in numbers is very much down to this exploitation without consideration of this environment. After all, teach a man to fish and not only will he have many children who will also want to fish but he will go to extraordinary lengths to feed his pets and also, to force feed his herbivore farm animals some fish before he eats them.

Then some of those who were fishermen become managers and management consultants who came up with the idea that what is needed is a bigger boat, a factory boat and a huge processing plant to distribute what appears to be seas and oceans that have no bounds. Queue repeating this plunder of the watery environment without consideration as to the consequences.

Meanwhile below the surface where most of the monkeys cannot see or are not looking the ecosystems are trying to adapt to this day in day out onslaught as ecosystems do. On the surface the monkey is now squabbling over who, where and when the fishermen monkeys can fish and all the while the fishermen monkeys have more fishermen children. Think about what we are doing in a non human centric point of view and you will see that it is not going to end well.

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It’s easy to save energy – Environmental loading 17

So why don’t we? Why do we have leaders, who even after almost three months of the war in Ukraine, can’t even instruct lazy, stupid, ignorant construction companies to turn off lights. This was taken on a Sunday evening. How many times is this repeated not only in this country but around the world? We claim to be an intelligent species but there are many examples where incompetent would be a far better description. The climate crisis gets worse each day but many seem oblivious to it.

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Why do we continue to waste energy? – Environmental loading 16

Currently, on the 31st of March 2022 there’s an invasion going on in Ukraine by the evil leaders of Russia. Now’s Europe uses a lot of Russian gas and oil so why are we wasting these fuels to light up buildings at night and in this case unfinished buildings that could remain empty for years even when they are finished due to the changes in the ways we now work? Behind the invasion which many see as most pressing there’s still the need to reduce our fossil fuel emissions by 50% within the next 2900 days or less. So once again why are we wasting energy especially when it is so “expensive” in monetary terms and very much more so in environmental terms.

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