The authors of this book have very little to say about the Anthropocene, the crisis of the Earth System, or the new global epoch, and most of what they do say is misleading or wrong.
Long before the Anthropocene Working Group reported on the new epoch, Yrjö Haila and Richard Levins argued that global ecohistory entered a new stage sometime after World War II
Key conclusion of Anthropocene Working Group report to Geological Congress: the ‘Great Acceleration’ in the second half of the 20th century marked the end of the Holocene and the beginning of a new geological epoch.
Ian Angus: “We must have a concrete materialist understanding of how our world works and is changing. Without that, our political views would be floating in mid-air, with no concrete foundation.”
Cowspiracy’s argument is based on badly flawed and almost unanimously rejected interpretations of science. Actual science and scientists are hard to find among the many talking heads in the film.
“We don’t know how long we have before climate change goes from dangerous to extremely dangerous, but we know that continuing with business as usual makes such a shift increasingly likely.”
We don’t need models or computer projections. As these graphics show, we already face a planetary emergency, and it is getting more serious every day.
Experts agree: Changes since 1950 rival those that ended the last ice age. The Holocene is over, and the Anthropocene has begun.
Objections to the word ‘Anthropocene’ are misguided.
“The effects of climate change are being felt today, and future projections represent a potentially catastrophic risk to human health.”
If greenhouse gas emissions aren’t stopped soon, unprecedented and deadly heat waves will become the new normal in most of the world.
Ian Angus: “Socialists cannot ignore a change of this magnitude, or treat it as just one aspect of our program. In our time, understanding and responding to the Anthropocene must be at the top of the socialist agenda.”
A temperature increase of less than one degree has already disrupted the global climate system, and this is only the beginning. Will the Anthropocene bring a totally new climate regime?
The socialist imperative … Debriefing Elsipitog … The Mayan forest garden … Lifeblood … Endgame … Waking the giant … We have never been neoliberal
New research identifies periods of short, rapid warming as a key factor in the Ice Age extinction of megafauna.
Peer-reviewed study of multiple independent datasets shows land and ocean temperature, sea levels and greenhouse gases all set new records
Recent headlines from supposedly serious newspapers and websites: Solar Cycle Study Says Earth Will Experience ‘Mini Ice Age’ in 15 Years. ‘Mini ice age’ coming in next fifteen years, new model of the Sun’s cycle shows Scientists warn mini ice age could be 15 years away Sounds scary, but don’t rush out and buy a […]
Rising greenhouse gas emissions mean U.S. droughts during the last half of this century could be drier and longer than any in the last 1,000 years
Report from Paris: Thousands of scientists meet to review what we now know about climate change science and what can be done to prevent catastrophe
“Far from being self-stabilizing, the Earth’s climate system is an ornery beast which overreacts even to small nudges.”