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Catastrophic Climate Change: You Can't Unbreak an Egg.


2019.04.01

And we're pushing the planet towards a tipping point, where the corals die and the forests burn and life becomes much, much harder. We have the resources to solve those problems, even now, but politics and economics and nationalism all get in the way.
- Ramez Naam

Where are the Tipping Points?

That's the thing: we don't know. We are so conditioned by 12,000 years of 'normal' climate, we (as a species) have no idea which nudge or tug will trigger the tipping point for a biosystem collapse which can doom us all. No more than we know which Jenga piece will be the one, when removed, causes the entire tower to collapse. And like the game of Jenga, we appear determined to keep pulling out the fundamental pillars until we trigger the catastrophic collapse for our species.

Candidates

Actually, I know I can't list all the possible ways CCC may take us out; there are simply too many and my knowledge is no match for the complexity of the Earth's biosphere. But I can provide a few examples.

Food Production

Food Shortages are already an issue in parts of the world, but on the whole we produce enough food to feed the humans on the planet. We have some serious distribution and timing issues, but globally, food scarcity is not yet an overwhelming issue. That is likely about to change. Water shortages (potable and for growing crops and watering livestock and wildlife), wildfires, floods, landslides, storms, crop diseases, resource wars, heat waves, pollinator collapses ... The list goes on, and it likely won't be one single thing that does us in, but a rise across the range of factors. How are you insuring your personal food security now?

Greenhouse Effect

Carbon Dioxide

Methane

Nitrous Oxides (NOx)

The Rest

Albedo Effect

Waste Heat

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