Yesterday I read three short articles about climate change, all from the same site (IFL Science), that I thought nicely capture the state of thinking about climate change at the current moment.
- Mega-Droughts Will Severely Threaten Western U.S. By 2100 – California is already suffering a horrifically long drought, and it looks like this will keep happening, and keep getting worse, in our lifetime
- Eight Million Tonnes Of Plastic Are Going Into The Ocean Each Year – the really frightening aspect of this article is that we’re only getting started with this: “With our planet still 85 years away from “peak waste” — and with plastic production skyrocketing around the world — the amount of plastic waste getting into the oceans is likely to increase by an order of magnitude within the next decade”
- Geoengineering Might Work In A Rational World … Sadly We Don’t Live In One – this post is most immediately relevant to this week’s reading, The Collapse of Western Civilization, for it concerns efforts to “geoengineer” the planet to counter-act climate change. You’ll recall that this is a major factor of the “collapse” Orekes and Conway forecast in their book.