Mental Methane

“Emissions of the powerful greenhouse gas methane have surged in the past decade, threatening to thwart global attempts to combat climate change. Scientists have been surprised by the surge, which began just over 10 years ago in 2007 and then was boosted even further in 2014 and 2015.” https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/dec/12/rapid-rise-methane-emissions-10-years-surprises-scientists

At these concentrations, time, or our perception of time, also increases by about 10%.

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Greef

Coral “reefs can’t be made whole again: if they recover at all it will be slowly, and in the face of ongoing warming that seems unlikely. But at the very least, the nations that sustained this damage should be compensated. Exxon and its brethren made record profits in the last decades of denial and deceit; that money should rightfully go to pay for the damage it caused, and to build the energy systems that can power our lives without destruction.” (https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/aug/17/the-coral-die-off-crisis-is-a-climate-and-exxon-fired-the-gun)

If Exxon makes any reparations for knowing about global warming 40 years ago, quietly protecting its business infrastructure, while simultaneously funding climate denial groups, to protect its market, …it will be slowly, and in the face of ongoing warming that seems unlikely.

Carbon Dioxice

“Even if greenhouse gases were frozen at current levels, the oceans would continue to warm for centuries and thus lead to rising sea levels.” (http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_analysis/2959092/the_world_is_already_committed_to_a_six_meter_sea_level_rise.html)

If greenhouse gases were frozen they would be solids and your lungs would be full of grit and frostbite. Better that than sea water?

Polphin

“New species are appearing in the diet of polar bears due to climate change … [such as] the carcasses of two white-beaked dolphins. … A visibly skinny old male bear devours one of the dolphins and appeared to have stored a second one under snow for later.” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/jun/12/polar-bears-eat-dolphins-as-arctic-warms)

Proving you can have your white-beak and eat it.

Fossil begat Fossil

“The geological record suggests that fossil fuel burning might have eliminated most life on Earth. … During the Permian mass extinction, the eruption of the Siberian Traps through the Tunguska basin seems to have produced between one and two gigatonnes of carbon dioxide a year. Today fossil fuel burning produces 30 gigatonnes a year.” (http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/may/27/threat-islamic-state-fossil-fuel-burning)

Fossil fuel burning caused the mass extinction that created fossils? Actually, yes. Now, how do you feel about history repeating itself?

The Doomsday Dance

“The Shell document says: ‘We also do not see governments taking steps now that are consistent with 2 degrees C scenario.'” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/may/17/shell-accused-of-strategy-risking-catastrophic-climate-change)

We’ll happily take a step just as soon as you do.
Well, we’ll happily make a move if you’re all agreed that we should.
You absolutely should so long as it’s unilateral across all companies.
Of course, of course; so you’ll take that step?
We’ll happily take a step just as soon as you do.
Ad apocalypsium.

“If we want to avoid the worst effects of climate change, we need to keep Arctic oil in the ground. Arctic drilling gives us a 75 percent chance of an oil spill and a 100 percent chance of climate catastrophe.” (http://news.mongabay.com/2015/0515-morgan-shell-gets-green-light-for-exploratory-drilling.html)

Coaly Hell

“Gore and Blood said the impact of coal’s combustion on the climate and the air pollution it generates were already responsible for devastating the lives the industry claims to have improved.” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/apr/16/al-gore-coal-industry-campaign-on-energy-poverty-is-extremely-misleading)

The climate change debate just got grisly.