Changes are Urgent , BUT…..
In this post:
regulating climate fixes – why
Planet Earth does things very slowly.
What a wonderful climate,
The subject is SPEED,
Welcome to the Anthropocene
I hope we are doing ALL the home-work
….and at the bottom a list of posts that talk about planet Earth’s way
above painting: Jan Brueghel the Elder – The Garden of Eden
We are using “our speed” to save planet Earth.
>Fast & Furious
Humanity! Slow Down! Regulating climate fixes is very important in saving planet Earth!
>Testing the fix and executing the fix at the correct speed.
Something else to re-think, re-learn !
I was about to put together a “warning” post about all these new bio-fuels and how dangerous some of them are. Especially Methane. I have already put together a post about the fact that Horizontal Axel Wind Turbines are dangerous and maybe not the final answer to catching the energy of the wind. In other words, do we go forward to make the necessary changes, only after doing all necessary regulating/standardizing and testing of “climate fixes”? Only after the home-work, do we build the good alternative methods to fit with planet Earth? I do not believe that in the case of Wind Turbines that is true.
Somewhere along the line, all this development that mankind is doing to correct the mistakes of the industrial revolution may be happening too fast. OK, we are in an emergency. Maybe it is our only choice for the short term, but if you ask me…. we may be making bigger mistakes, because bottom line…we are not doing this in the way, at the speed planet Earth does it! Human speed is 20 times faster than Earth’s fastest speed.
Planet Earth does things very slowly.
The Holocene is the name given to the recent 10,000 to 12,000 years of the Earth’s history — the time since the end of the last major glacial advance. Since then, there have been small-scale climate shifts — notably the Little Ice Age between about 1200 and 1700 A.D. The chief climate trend of the Holocene can be regarded as a warming period of the previous Ice Age that began in the Pleistocene (the period beginning about two-and-a-half million years ago and lasting until the beginning of the Holocene).
What a wonderful climate we had here on planet Earth – up to a few decades ago !
If you want to know what the climate was like in the Holocene, simply go outside, ON A NORMAL DAY, into nature and look around. The Holocene has supported the development and growth of human civilizations. It has been its climate cradle.
WHO: The long-term good health of populations depends on the continued stability and functioning of the biosphere’s ecological and physical systems, often referred to
as life-support systems – that we have experienced in the past. If we ignore this long-established period of calm climate, we do so at our peril. It is all too easy to overlook this dependency, particularly at a time when the human species is becoming increasingly urbanized and distanced from “natural systems”. Natural systems that are now coming under pressure from the increasing weight of human numbers and economic activities.
The Natural Systems that favor human existance, were not put here over-night.
The geological time scale (GTS), as defined by international convention depicts the long spans of time from the beginning of the Earth to the present. Its divisions chronicle some definitive events of Earth history. (In the graphic: Ga means “billion years ago”; Ma, “million years ago”.) Earth formed around 4.54 billion years ago, approximately one-third the age of the universe, by accretion from the solar nebula.
Volcanic outgassing probably created the primordial atmosphere and then the ocean, but the early atmosphere contained almost no oxygen. Over time, the Earth cooled, causing the formation of a solid crust, and allowing liquid water on the surface.
The Last Time CO2 Was This High, Humans Didn’t Exist
The last time there was this much carbon dioxide (CO2) in the Earth’s atmosphere, modern humans didn’t exist. Mega-toothed sharks prowled the oceans. The world’s seas were up to 100 feet higher than they are today. The global average surface temperature was up to 11°F warmer than it is now. …
Scientists have found that CO2 levels have not been as high as they are now for at least the past 10 to 15 million years.
“That was a time when global temperatures were substantially warmer than today. There was very little ice around anywhere on the planet. And so sea level was considerably higher — around 100 feet higher — than it is today,” said Pennsylvania State University climate scientist Michael Mann, in an email conversation. “It is for this reason that some climate scientists, like James Hansen, have argued that even current-day CO2 levels are too high.
There is the possibility that we’ve already breached the threshold of truly dangerous human influence on our climate and planet.”…
A climate to have gloried in.
New research may resolve a climate ‘conundrum’ across the history of human civilization
Earth’s surface temperature warmed rapidly at the end of the last ice age. After about 17,000 to 7,000 years ago, the rate of warming slowed as the climate stabilized. However, it didn’t reverse into a cooling trend, because atmospheric greenhouse gas levels were rising.
Then, of course, came the Industrial Revolution, ONLY, 200 years ago. … Over the past 7,000 years, when human civilization began to develop and thrive, Earth’s temperatures and climate were quite stable. The temperature change during the past 7,000 years was about 0.5°C. Humans have caused that much warming in just the past 25 years.
If not for the human influence, the climate would continue the stable conditions of the past 7,000 years. Humans are in the process of destabilizing the climate. We are causing global warming at a rate 20 times faster than Earth’s fastest natural climate change. That’s why climate scientists are so concerned, and why the Paris agreement is so important.
The subject is SPEED.
We feel the need to quickly fix the problems.
But at what SPEED?
? Do we choose to plan carefully regulating climate fixes to mimic planet Earth?
? Or – at the reckless speed at which Humans have caused the changes, we are trying to fix.
‘We have been weeds and must learn to be gardeners.’David Grinspoon
“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.”Ralph Waldo Emerson
But, everything has speeded up! Welcome to the Anthropocene
“I am, quite literally, from another age. I was born during the geological age – Holocene. The name given to the 12,000-year period of climatic stability that allowed humans to settle, farm and create civilisations. Those conditions supported our unique minds, giving rise to interrelations and trade in ideas and goods and making us the globally connected species we are today. NOW, in the space of one human lifetime. Indeed, in the space of my lifetime, all that has changed. The Holocene has ended. The Garden of Eden is no more. We have changed the world so much that scientists say we are now in a new geological age – The Anthropocene – the Age of Humans.”Sir David Attenborough
Of course, nature will carry on regardless, albeit savaged. As the MIT physicist and humanities professor Alan Lightman has noted, “tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions happen without the slightest consideration for human inhabitants”.
Yet if we turn our backs on nature, while at the same time climbing the population hill to nine billion people, we will create a horrid future for humanity’s survivors. It will be a future with ongoing wild species extinctions and a world polluted by human-invented chemicals.
It’s surely a trajectory, a take-off, that’s worth canceling.
We have already accepted that this climate change is not what we want!
I hope we are doing ALL the home work (regulating climate fixes) needed to catch wind energy the way that fits planet Earth. Maybe I am wrong, but: I Say The Future Is VERTICAL Axis Wind Turbines!
Think about the work that has gone into the the Ocean Cleanup to get to the point where they catch plastic…..only 7 years. Rather quickly! But with a substantial team of researchers who have, as of today, researched and published over 20 scientific publications on the oceans and plastics. Information available to those who need the information world wide.
Do it! But, do it right! Cover all Bases.
Think about the fact, that the Mushroom Protective Packaging industry has taken 12 years to get off the ground at Ecovative Design…. and they are now well documented and ready to take on the world.
If you want to get an idea of what it takes to do ALL the homework, I suggest you take a look at Cradle to Cradle Certified™. They are, by far, one of the most sophisticated and most thorough certifiers of what is really “well and correctly made for planet Earth”. You can get some idea of what people have done to get that certification – case studies – and what criteria are used.
As to Bio-mass based BioFuels…… I am not the only one that is wondering about the problems of regulating, standardizing the new bio-fuels.
Rulemaking petition on biomass and climate … – SEC.gov
>a petition sent to: U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)
>Re: Request for guidance to ensure that issuers manufacturing and using biomass-based fuels and products engage in comparable disclosures regarding greenhouse gas emissions that are informative to investors and not materially misleading
>sent to the SEC, by 27 investment organizations on behalf of investors world wide. …
Why guidance on biogenic emissions would be timely
Investor interest in fossil fuel alternatives has significantly increased in recent years, making the need for guidance on claims of climate benefits particularly acute.
In a recent Wall Street Journal article, Derek Horstmeyer, a professor of finance at George Mason University, analyzed inflows of money into “sustainable” or Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) U.S. stock exchange traded funds and mutual funds. He found that in December 2016, one month after President Trump’s election,
“a staggering $2.1 billion flowed into U.S. equity sustainable funds…The ‘Trump
bump’ (which was the largest single monthly increase into the sustainable
investing class ever) was 170% larger than the next-largest one-month inflow.
And the growth has continued. Since the election, $8.1 billion has flowed into
these funds, a 13.1% jump from the assets under management on the eve of the
2016 presidential election – by far the greatest percentage inflow into any class or
style of fund (e.g., value, growth, small-cap funds) since the election.”
Horstmeyer reported that environmentally-focused funds account for “just about half of all U.S.
equity sustainable focused funds.”
What you need to know now about Low Carbon Fuel Standards and verifications
Understanding the changes to California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standards (LCFS) verification process is important for all ethanol and biodiesel producers. This is important even if you do not currently sell fuels in California. Several other regions around the world are in various stages of planning to incorporate carbon impact scoring into their transportation fuels legislation. As a result, awareness of the LCFS procedures required to comply with carbon-impact verifications will help you stay competitive. This will be true anywhere in the global marketplace, as you set long-range plans for your facility.
As of now (effective 1 January 2019), the new GREET 3.0 model applies to all new pathway applications. Current GREET 2.0 pathways are valid until 31 December 2020. They must be transitioned by this time to registration under the 3.0 model. All 2019 validations (for pathways under both models) are still performed directly by the California Air Resources Board (CARB). They use their previously established validation procedures, but this is about to change.
From 1 January 2020, pathway validations and subsequent compliance…
How do you make sure that your Bio-fuel ideas ride with planet Earth? >>regulating climate fixes<<
GREET is a computer program that you can download. You can use it to check the requirements for developing your system ideas correctly – for the bio-fuel industry. From what I see, a “cradle to Grave” structure is used, not a “cradle to Cradle” structure. In other words, it explores something like gasoline until is combusts in an engine….it does not discuss what happens next………………………….
Do you need something more focused on your particular situation and location. I would be glad to try and find it for you.
Posts that talk about doing the home-work planet Earth’s way:
Do You Know Your Business’s Carbon Footprint?
Path To C2CC – Cradle To Cradle Certified™
Part #2 – Financing A Small Business In A Sustainable/Circular Economy
I Say The Future Is VERTICAL Axis Wind Turbines!
Like Nature does it. Biomimic Strategy = Harmony with planet Earth
Slow Down ?? Yes – No, Urgent Changes , BUT…..
Too Much Methane !
Wave Power Is Very Very “Energy Dense”!
Nature is a totally efficient, self-regenerating system. If we discover the laws that govern this system and live synergistically within them, sustainability will follow and humankind will be a success.R. Buckminster Fuller