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The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

Economy

The Climate to Come …

First published March 7

There is no graphic that will explain everything but this one goes close to telling us why many people do not react to climate change as an important issue.

Unlike employment, housing and food it does not yet impinge directly on their lives because the impacts remain ‘undetectable’ to most people.

Although the impacts on unique and threatened system and the growth in extreme weather events are entering the moderate range at the 1dC line these are what has been in front of us since the 1950s in a growing crescendo of media attention.

We are inured to disasters and it is hard to differentiate the usual from something else.

It is not until we move to 2dC that impacts occur across all five ranges and it is at that point that turning the clock back moves to a long term project for the children of the children yet unborn, if at all.

It is the dilemma of campaigners, in this case for reducing CO2 emissions and changing the energy supply to renewables. They can see it in the evidence but as many people are not impacted it is not happening for them.

*phill Parsons wonders when Will will get it and do something beyond a bundle of words tied to a payment to an expert to provide a report upon which no action will be taken. SA has a lot of issues and has also led on renewables. If Weatherill is returned on the 17th of March it will say that South Australians get it. After all they have to depend on water from a drying river and put up with the increasing heat of central Australia every summer. If not we will have an outstanding example of the hip pocket nerve cutting the throat.

If you wish you can extend the above to an analysis of the election outcome …

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7 Comments

7 Comments

  1. philll Parsons

    March 10, 2018 at 11:09 am

    Already US commercial port cities are having downtown flooding, along with the recreational area of Miami/Everglades.

    Neither are the large scale singular events that mark the full suite of impacts that may cause the decision makers to change from somnambulance to really comprehensive, adequate and timely action.

  2. George Smiley

    March 9, 2018 at 11:32 am

    People outside the population centres are being impacted now on a regular basis. We watch helplessly as the country dries – productivity drops due to drought in growing seasons, hay crops and stocking rates shrink, water tables drop, by way of warming or deforestation we aren’t sure, but there’s still enough for the irrigators who supply Coles and Woollies where there are staples, fresh veges but virtually no wild caught fresh fish any more. Northern Canada, California, South Africa may be in real trouble, but next year they will be washed away and all will be well there again for a little space.

    Sometime in the next thirty or fifty years of exponential temperature rise, one or more likely continental weather disasters would mark the end of surpluses and a long cycle of hunger and war will see the exponential human population graph change direction catastrophically to mark the end of excess. Any major upheaval in our global civilisation will prevent even a clean-up of our stored reactor waste much less a move into space or a belated change of direction.

    It’s sort of biblical; when the shelves at Coles are empty there’s nothing but to ‘throw your gold and silver in the street’ and await the Second Coming. There’s that joke; ‘the good news is that He is returning in a blaze of glory, the bad news is that He is really p***ed off.

  3. max

    March 8, 2018 at 4:18 pm

    # 4 Keith … The frog will never jump out of the water. He will sit there in his own pond until he dies unless he is thrown out.

    Governments rely on the stupid for re election, and the only way to get the votes of the stupid is offerings of stupidity like the mantra of jobs, jobs. Jobs in coal mines, oil wells, fracking, coal fired power stations or anything else that is destroying the world – anything as long it is a job.

    Governments are not there to save the world or for the wellbeing of the people, but only to hang on to their jobs and their pay-packets.

    Our last election is a glaring example.

  4. Keith Antonysen

    March 8, 2018 at 2:26 pm

  5. max

    March 8, 2018 at 12:21 pm

    #2 … Yes, the frog in warming water comes to mind.

    The general outlook on climate change is exactly like the frog in warming water. What is 2 degrees, no need do worry, it’s only a little warmer and all that crap about an ice-free Arctic is years away, if ever.

    How can you alarm people by crying wolf when it looks like it’s only a puppy yapping?

  6. Wining Pom

    March 6, 2018 at 6:48 pm

    Yes, the frog in warming water comes to mind.

  7. Brenda Rosser

    March 6, 2018 at 12:40 pm

    Many people think they are not impacted by climate, by widespread chemical use, or by Government action and inaction.

    Then cancer and auto-immune disease are belatedly diagnosed, or a heatwave results in a fatal heart attack.

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