This is Part III of the “Sustaining the Wind” series of essays by NNadir. For Part I, click here. Part II is here. In part 2 of this series, we discussed the claim of Udo Bardi, an academic “peak oiler” out of the University of Florence, that uranium supplies are subject to exhaustion, this because, according […]
Considers what is in store for the planet if a safe climate is not rapidly restored, and what future scenarios are plausible given the choices we make and the options we create.
Originally published here on The Conversation. Earth is now a human planet. Our species uses of a large proportion of its land-surface area for living space, agriculture and mining. We domesticate and transport a multiplicity of plant and animal species across continents. We sequester and divert freshwater. We heavily exploit the world’s plants, animals and […]
Back in 2013, I led some research that critiqued the ‘Planetary Boundaries‘ concept (my refereed paper, Does the terrestrial biosphere have planetary tipping points?, appeared in Trends in Ecology & Evolution). I also blogged about this here: Worrying about global tipping points distracts from real planetary threats. Today a new paper appeared in the journal Science, […]
Guest Post by NNadir (who blogs occasionally at Daily Kos, profile here). This is a long but really interesting post. If you’d rather a PDF version, click here. The International Energy Agency (IEA) released last year, 2013, a free PDF brochure, available online, entitled “Key World Energy Statistics” which reports total world energy consumption, comparing […]
Professor Barry W. Brook, Chair of Environmental Sustainability, University of Tasmania, Australia. email@example.com Professor Corey J.A. Bradshaw, Sir Hubert Wilkins Chair of Climate Change, The Environment Institute, The University of Adelaide, Australia. firstname.lastname@example.org An Open Letter to Environmentalists: As conservation scientists concerned with global depletion of biodiversity and the degradation of the human life-support system […]