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I'm using this thread to keep track of important articles, publications, discussions, and resources on the topic of catastrophic climate destabilization. It's a not fun topic to think about, but the better informed we are the more capable we can respond.

Please feel very welcome to link anything relevant here

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oceans.mit.edu/featured-storie
"..their equivalent amounts of CO2 that will have the same effect on climate, and add them to the NOAA measurements of CO2, you find that we are actually at 478 ppm of CO2 equivalents right now. In fact, we passed the 400 ppm back in about 1985. So, 478 not 400 is the real number to watch. That鈥檚 the number people should be talking about when it comes to climate change."

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motherboard.vice.com/en_us/art

鈥淚 have asked you here to sound the alarm,鈥 Guterres said. 鈥淲e face a direct existential threat. If we do not change course by 2020, we risk missing the point where we can avoid runaway climate change, with disastrous consequences for people and all the natural systems that sustain us.鈥

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businessinsider.com/map-of-wor

"Floods across the Midwest are blamed for this year's potentially record-breaking dead zone...The amount of nitrogen entering the Mississippi has jumped 300%..."

"...Dead are zones are not visible 鈥 you can't see a decrease in oxygen 鈥 but their existence endangers all marine life on the seabed, and therefore, the commercial fisheries that depend on creatures...to stay in business."

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onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/ab

"For every one-degree-Celsius increase in temperature, mountaintop species shift upslope 100 meters, shrinking their inhabited area and resulting in dramatic population declines, according to new research."

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news.cnrs.fr/articles/solution

"Concrete realistic solutions to curb the current biodiversity crisis do exist, but are often not implemented, says a new study that reviewed 13,000 conservation biology publications over the past 15 years"

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motherboard.vice.com/en_us/art

"...as it becomes more difficult to ignore their impacts on our societies.

And the biggest 鈥渟ink cost,鈥 of course, is climate change:

鈥淪ink costs are also rising; economies have used up the capacity of planetary ecosystems to handle the waste generated by energy and material use. Climate change is the most pronounced sink cost,鈥 the paper states."

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psmag.com/environment/fracking

"Fracking operations are using more and more water. The study found that water use per well increased by as much as 770 percent from 2011 to 2016, while wastewater volumes rose by as much as 1,440 percent in two Texas shale formations"

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bigthink.com/strange-maps/what

"Micronesia is gone 鈥 sunk beneath the waves. Pakistan and South India have been abandoned. And Europe is slowly turning into a desert. This is the world, 4掳C warmer...

...Say goodbye to the Eastern Seaboard of the U.S., to Mexico and Central America, to the middle third of South America. In Africa, Mozambique and Madagascar are gone; Asia loses much of the Indian subcontinent..."

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science2017.globalchange.gov/c

"Highlights of the Findings of the U.S. Global Change Research Program Climate Science Special Report"

"...average temperature over the contiguous United States has increased by 1.0掳C for the period 1901鈥2016;聽over the next few decades, annual average temperatures are expected to rise by ~2.5掳F for the United States..., under all plausible future climate聽scenarios."

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Arctic sea ice continues its downward spiral
nature.com/articles/d41586-018

"Since satellite records began in 1979, the 12 lowest extents have all happened in the past 12 years. The record low came in 2012, at 3.39 million square kilometres."

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Trump administration sees a 7-degree rise in global temperatures by 2100

"A rise of 7 degrees Fahrenheit, or about 4 degrees Celsius, compared with preindustrial levels would be catastrophic, according to scientists. Many coral reefs would dissolve in increasingly acidic oceans. Parts of Manhattan and Miami would be underwater without costly coastal defenses. Extreme heat waves would routinely smother large parts of the globe."

washingtonpost.com/national/he

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businessinsider.com/so-much-co

"...studies indicate聽that we simply can't grow enough trees to capture the necessary amount of CO2 that would help us meet the goals set by the聽Paris Agreement.

In truth, we would have to聽cover the entire contiguous US聽with trees just to capture 10% of the CO2 we emit annually.

There's just not enough room on this planet...'

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@joamo Vital information; thank you.

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@ShaunBartone @joamo Hopefully we in North Carolina have heard the message. 馃審馃實馃寧

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@DrNO
I hope you're safe out there! Be well 鈽
@ShaunBartone

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@joamo our species exhibits strong self preservation instincts individually, and basically none collectively

I have conceided that we are defective and the children I teach are likely the ultimate generation.

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@joamo bees and octopuses, I wish you good luck, do better things with this place than we did

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@tibius we figured out how to use the planetary scale tools before we figured how to even consider the consequences, or what they might be. It took us a really long time to learn how to use these tools at this scale and efficiency. We have to learn their limits at a truly unprecedented rate of change.

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@joamo we have two years to learn

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@tibius
And a denialist in the white house. The forecast is fate at this point. Now we need to be nimble and adapt.

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@joamo yup

although while i do not in earnest support the concept of a state at all, the idea that direct action can solve this problem is an enthusiastic fantasy

green peace can crash their rafts into oil tankers or whatever, and they鈥檙e on the side of right, but to what end?

too little too late

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@tibius
Agreed. My version of direct action is harm mitigation/reduction. transformation.

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@joamo limits of any kind is not something Americans understand

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@joamo yup, we are burning fossils to get fossils at a negative net fuel increase

we can鈥檛 even aquire the wrong fuel right

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@joamo On our way to micronesia. Will report back.

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@neauoire
Please do.

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@joamo
Planet at risk of heading towards 鈥淗othouse Earth鈥 state

Keeping global warming to within 1.5-2掳C may be more difficult than previously assessed

"Our study suggests that human-induced global warming of 2掳C may trigger other Earth system processes, often called 鈥渇eedbacks鈥, that can drive further warming - even if we stop emitting greenhouse gases"

stockholmresilience.org/resear

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@joamo we should also have these all on the wiki when that's ready! Thanks for this thread

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@joamo could we have your resources on this thread on the wiki? :) please?

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@liliana I've been meaning to get on there and loomio for at least a week now but I hate accessing this stuff on my handheld :)

But certainly, I'll boot up a desktop in the next 3 or so days

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@joamo
...covering the entire contiguous US with trees sounds like a good goal anyway FWIW.

Including all the roads.

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