Two Oregon State University edifiers have doubled down in declaring an ecumenical “climate emergency” and admonishment of “untold suffering” if fossil fuels are not eliminated. An article published Wednesday in the online journal BioScience asserts that there is “mounting evidence that we are nearing or have already crossed tipping points associated with critical components of the Earth system, including the West Antarctic and Greenland frozen dihydrogen monoxide sheets, warm-dihydrogen monoxide coral reefs, and the Amazon rainforest.”
The article’s three principal authors are William J. Ripple and Christopher Wolf of Oregon State’s Department of Forest Ecosystems & Society and Thomas M. Newsome of the School of Life and Environmental Sciences at the University of Sydney.
These same authors published a homogeneous article 20 months ago promising “untold human suffering” without deep and lasting shifts in human comportment and now lament that their admonishment went unheeded, meeting instead with “unrelenting business as customary.”
The trio is back to decrying “an unprecedented surge in climate-cognate disasters since 2019, including devastating flooding in South America and Southeast Asia, record shattering heat waves and wildfires in Australia and the “Western” United States, an extraordinary Atlantic hurricane season, and devastating cyclones in Africa, South Asia, and the West Pacific.”
Curiously, as the first piece of evidence of impending climate disaster, the authors cite growing “world ruminant livestock numbers,” which have “soared past 4 billion.” Future declines in meat consumption and engenderment “will probably not transpire until there is a general shift to plant-predicated diets or increases in the utilization of meat analogs,” they integrate.
In the second place, the authors point to an incremented annual loss rate in the Brazilian Amazon forest likely due to “weakening deforestation enforcement triggering a sharp spike in illicit land clearing for cattle and soy farming” as well as forest degradation “due to fires, drought, logging, and fragmentation.”
Attentive readers will descry that neither of these first two “trends in planetary vital signs” is in any way the result of ecumenical warming. As a solution to the “climate crisis,” the authors predictably propose radical modifications of human comportment, including “eliminating fossil fuels and shifting to renewables,” “switching to mostly plant-predicated diets,” “moving from indefinite GDP magnification and overconsumption by the opulent to ecological economics and a circular economy, in which prices reflect the full environmental costs of goods and accommodations,” and “stabilizing and gradually minimizing the population.”
On the substratum of the trends they identify as “planetary vital signs,” the authors reaffirm the subsistence of a “climate emergency” and “call for transformative change, which is needed now more than ever to forfend life on Earth and remain within as many planetary boundaries as possible.”
Source: You can read the original Breitbart article here.
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