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The ‘Indifference’ of Mother Nature fascinates me, but confounds so many…

…everyday I check the weather forecasts in my area. I’d like to think I lack the hubris a great many others seem to possess when it comes to a stance they take, expecting Mother Nature to acquiesce to (wo)mans’ quality of life to which they have become accustomed. I mean we have Gortex to keep us dry, SPF-30 sunscreen to keep our epidermis from ‘frying’, can take siestas, ja?

For weeks now, the predicted forecasts have been persistently off when it comes to average local temperatures by upwards of 10 °F. I think folks need to learn how to start expecting the unexpected and PREPARE. to RESPOND.  to ADAPT., because the Good Mother Earth couldn’t give a rat’s ass about (wo)mans’ quality of life expectations.

Indeed, Earth almost certainly will become desiccated as the fusion of the sun ramps up. And since water vapor is a greenhouse gas, beyond a certain point, increasing the water vapor from the warming oceans will stoke Earth’s surface temperature—this in turn causes more sea water to evaporate, and thus adds to the warming, and so on and so on AKA a positive feedback loop. Here’s one interpretation of what global warming of the Earth will look like:

Citation: Goldilocks’ clue to habitable planets

Illustration credit: Jeremy Leconte of the Pierre Simon Laplace Institute, Paris, France

Simulation of the increase with time of the surface temperature (here at the spring equinox) caused by the increase in solar flux. Around 1 billion years, the runaway greenhouse climate instability is predicted to vaporize all the oceans until a very high temperature is reached (The mean temperature in panel 3 is an extrapolation of the temperatures after oceans are fully vaporized).

  • Bad news: The Earth’s oceans will evaporate away.
  • Good news: This won’t happen for another billion years or so.

For now, ‘comparatively’ smaller changes in the atmosphere are having grave impacts on our beloved space ship. And so to this I say…

…enjoy these rather ‘mild’ climate instabilities while you can, because I’m certain the variances are going to start vacillating more widely in the days, weeks, months, years, centuries and lifetimes to come.

PREPARE. RESPOND. ADAPT. 

CA EXCEPTIONAL Drought | Yeah, well, you know…

…just about 10 years ago during post-graduate studies at the Universiteit Utrecht, in one of my modeling classes, one of our assignments was to model the hydrological cycle of what our respective part of the world would look like in ten years. Alas, I modeled this very scenario:

Click me to go to the Drought Monitor web site

In a word, sobering.

In my opinion, this news should be on the front pages on a daily basis. The ‘indifference’ of Mother Nature, er climate instability and extreme drought, will have her way with us, sooner rather than later, I am afraid. That being said…

 

…I think it would be prudent and wise on the part of leadership if they spent more energy teaching and training (wo)man to PREPARE. to RESPOND. and ADAPT. (PRA) to this ‘train wreck’ in the making. Such hubris on the part of humans who think we can stop climate instability. We’re about to get what we deserve, BIG TIME. Bring on the pain, because like civilizations from the past, we bipedal creatures defer to reactivity, and fail MASSIVELY to be proactive. Yeah, well, you know… Itiswhatitis…

 

PREPARE. RESPOND. ADAPT. 

Green Going Right | RegenVillages

As the hubris of the humanities and green fashionistas persists in misinforming the masses, at least this organization aims to deliver a holistic offering that will enable all to PREPARE. to RESPOND. and ADAPT. to disasters; be they due to  ‘indifference’ of Mother Nature or financial. RegenVillages are to be comprised of:

  • Renewable energy systems technologies
  • High-intensity organic food propagation
  • Self-sustaining communities
  • MEMS (Micro-Electro Mechanical Systems) inputs

PREPARE. RESPOND. ADAPT.

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