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News July 2012

Sympathy for the innocent

on Wednesday, October 24, 2012

I thought this cartoon summed up the inter generational aspects of this rather nicely. Hard to feel sympathy for the older people who enjoyed the comfortable decades and did not act.
Guardian cartoon


In summary

on Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Shortage of corn means feeding wheat to animals instead:
http://www.agweb.com/article/feed_demand_for_wheat_to_soar/

The UN is predicting a food crisis in 2013 (with very good reason, this situation was analysed already on this site):
http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/2012/oct/14/un-global-food-crisis-warning

Coming soon to a town near you:
http://www.thisisnottingham.co.uk/Food-banks-option-East-Midlands-families/story-17090148-detail/story.html

And, possibly within much less time than people like to think, as the arctic ice and snow pack continues to decline and the weather continues to worsen:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Food_riot

As abrupt climate change really gets going, civilisation itself will go with it. Relatively mild climatic shocks have been sufficient to topple numerous ancient civilisations.
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2003/03/0313_030313_mayadrought.html


Food prices and the need for geoengineering

on Friday, October 05, 2012

Food prices are starting to climb now following the poor global harvest of certain commodities. Prices are high even before the full impact of the crop losses is felt on the market.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2012/oct/04/world-food-price-rise
One should not assume the more affluence western nations will be entirely exempt from feeling this.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-19762410
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-19468697
A recent paper published highlights that we have passed the point where emission reductions alone can stop runaway climate change. This is only one of several positive feedbacks that are now underway and that commit us to serious (and potentially abrupt climate change) even if we reduce emissions dramatically and rapidly.
http://www.nature.com/ngeo/journal/v5/n10/full/ngeo1573.html

We suggest that permafrost carbon release could lead to significant warming, even under less intensive emissions trajectories.


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