@aral The things that worry me the most about climate change are the combination of two things that I've heard too little about:
1) There are a number of tipping points we can (and have) pass(ed). If too many are passed CO2 levels will rise to an unknown maximum no matter what we do.
2) There is a limit to how much CO2 humans can handle in the atmosphere without *dying* from the very air we breathe.
I've been meaning to research this more, but quite frankly I'm scared about what I might find.
@tinyrabbit @aral I don’t worry about (2), because we can live in an office environment with much higher CO₂ concentrations (though these are harmful to mental performance). Most humans will die from wet heat before they die from too much CO₂. (quite reassuring, right? :-/ )
(1) is already pretty horrible, though.
I'd suggest starting with Jem Bendell's work (he's got a new book out next week)
I'm doing a course with him next month.
It scares me for real that the world has made no significant-enough strides towards a fossil free future, and that projections still rely on yet-to-be-invented technology to reach targets even in most optimistic scenarios.
Well definitely don't read this book then:
(actually do, it's excellent!)
@dajbelshaw @tinyrabbit Not sure that our response to the potential of climate-change-related collapse should be to “1) Return to, or explore afresh, the idea of a divine or a spirit or a consciousness or a God that is prior to the Earth and moves through the Universe right now and forever more.” Are you sure this isn’t some sort of a new age cult?
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