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Earth’s Human Induced Antiphase Nears Completion

Posted by edro on December 10, 2008

Human-induced planetary antiphase is entering its final stages

About 99.98 percent of human effort goes to debilitate the ecosystems. In other words, for every single step taken to restore the natural life support services, humans take 6,400 steps in the opposite direction, destroying the planet’s ability to maintain life.

What’s the Earth’s Antiphase?

A brief definition: Antiphase is the condition in which the planet’s life support systems switch at various thresholds from their normal, functioning states to dysfunctional, hostile and destructive modes through  Positive Feedback and Collapse.

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Planet Earth approaches the final stages of human-induced antiphase.

Some of the services provided by Earth’s ecosystem are withdrawn due to the collapse of those systems, while other services switch in the antiphase to become hazardous forces.

In the final stages of the antiphase the services provided by the air, water and soil will no longer be available, at least not to their full extent. Instead the poisonous, polluted  air will pose  serious threats to our health by way of causing respiratory and blood diseases, and to our survival by way of accelerating climate change.

The water pollution will jeopardize our well being through water-borne diseases, while water scarcity could lead to regional, and continental wars.

The water cycle will be disrupted phenomenally.  Extended droughts throughout the globe will affect our food supplies causing land erosion, crop failure and famine, while extreme rain events which trigger flooding and mudslides, which would destroy most of our remaining fertile lands, both events ending in more human displacement, regional conflicts and wars.

In the antiphase, the rising sea levels will inundate more of our coastal towns, dramatically increasing the numbers of climate refugees. Food and water scarcity will lead to violence, riots and civil wars.

Antiphase will turn our oceans from being the source of life to acidified, putrid cesspools of pollution and death.

The antiphase will rapidly transform humans into vicious animals, fighting each other for water, food, fuel, land and all other dwindling natural resources. The fighting, in turn, enhances the positive feedbacks, accelerating the downward spiral toward collapse.

When the cost of maintaining human species exceeds the planetary budget, and about 80 percent of the earth’s natural capital has been depleted, human species would be committed to extinction.

The antiphase is now entering its final stages of completion. [But it can be stopped by massive global action that must be taken immediately.]

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Is 350 ppm CO2 Safe?

Posted by edro on June 24, 2008

Original Entry: 350 ppm Safe? Hell, NO!

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Positive Feedbacks

Posted by edro on April 30, 2008

Tipping Point

A confirmation of tipping point is presented in the following report by James Hansen, NASA climatologist:

Excerpts from Hansen’s report:

  • We are at the tipping point because the climate state includes large, ready positive feedbacks provided by the Arctic sea ice, the West Antarctic ice sheet, and much of Greenland’s ice.
  • Our home planet is dangerously near a tipping point at which human-made greenhouse gases reach a level where major climate changes can proceed mostly under their own momentum. Warming will shift climatic zones by intensifying the hydrologic cycle, affecting freshwater availability and human health.

Source:Tipping Point: Here and Now!
Report:Tipping Point: PERSPECTIVE OF A CLIMATOLOGIST [PDF]

The ice in the Arctic is much younger than normal, with vast regions now covered by first-year ice and much less area covered by multiyear ice. Left: February distribution of ice by its age during normal Arctic conditions (1985-2000 average). Right: February 2008 Arctic ice age distribution. Credit: NSIDC [Caption: NASA]

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