When it comes to climate change, it is the speed of the change, that determines the severity of the impact. And that’s important to note, because we don’t have any precedent for what is happening today in the geological record.
Here you can see the previous episodes of global warming induced mass extinctions, compared to our episode:
And here you have the chilling conclusion of a study on the PETM:
We calculate that the initial carbon release during the onset of the PETM occurred over at least 4,000 years. This constrains the maximum sustained PETM carbon release rate to less than 1.1 Pg C yr−1. We conclude that, given currently available records, the present anthropogenic carbon release rate is unprecedented during the past 66 million years. We suggest that such a ‘no-analogue’ state represents a fundamental challenge in constraining future climate projections. Also, future ecosystem disruptions are likely to exceed the relatively limited extinctions observed at the PETM.
Maximum rate during the PETM was 1.1 Pg per year. Today we’re at about 10 Pg of fossil carbon a year. So have fun with that. You’re not just pushing changes at a pace beyond what life can adjust to.
No, you’re triggering positive feedback, before stabilizing negative feedback can kick in. Sea level rise should stabilize the methane clathrates, but that will take centuries. And before that time, you’re already warming them. Methane is being released, all at once, before the hydroxyl radical can break it down.
But it gets better. The PETM did not involve the burning of fossil fuels, nor peat. We don’t know the exact source of the carbon, but we know that there is no evidence of soot or particulate carbon. What happened would have been a case of natural processes releasing large amounts of carbon. The most likely source are the methane clathrates, in response to some environmental change.
In other words… we’re going to get the warming from the burning of fossil fuels… and that warming is going to trigger the sort of self-amplifying positive feedback from natural processes like the destabilization of methane clathrates on top of the warming from fossil fuels.
These mass extinctions were triggered by natural destabilizing feedback loops, the sort of feedback loops we will trigger on top of the roughly four degree Celsius of warming over 200 years we’re getting from fossil fuels.
Now, if you had an IQ above room temperature, which none of the LSWMs commenting on my blog have, you would recognize the severity of a problem like this. And LSWM issues like “but China” or “it’s too expensive”, would take a backburner.
But you have a psychological immune system, that prohibits you from understanding the problem. I’ve never met a heterosexual working class white male without autism capable of understanding what we’re faced with. Their immediate instinct is to come up with one excuse or another.
Most people are idiots. They would be better off just accepting that they’re idiots, rather than trying to reinvent the wheel with other low status white males at some barbecue, pub or blog. “They used to call it global warming before they changed the name to climate change.” Yeah, congratulations on revealing you’re an absolute moron who doesn’t comprehend what we’re dealing with.
We also get the occasional low IQ delusional degenerate showing up here in the comments, who insists that CO2 used to be much higher in the past. These people also imagine themselves to be unique misunderstood geniuses and I’m sure they can impress a lot of other low status white males at their local neighborhood barbecue when they bring up these arguments. But it becomes hilariously stupid when you realize that:
- The sun was fainter.
- The planet was not home to human life, or to any of the cereal crops that produce the majority of our calories.
- The problem is getting to that point. I can travel at 500 kilometer an hour too. But if I accelerate to that speed within a second, I will die.
And I think you people are too stupid to comprehend what a mass extinction involves: “I don’t care if 70% of species die, if I can still get my grassfed beef! I don’t want to live in a pod and eat bugs!”
When you read “70% of species went extinct” that is a euphemism for “the planet became mostly devoid of life”. It doesn’t just mean you end up with a planet full of rats instead of pandas and lions, although in the long run that’s the sort of thing that happens.
Rather, in the short-term, it means there’s almost no life left. Let’s look at the Permian Triassic extinction event, shall we?
Here’s what survived the Permian Triassic extinction event, this was the ancestors of all mammals:
This animal was the size of a big rat. It’s called Lystrosaurus. It lived in Antarctica, where it could survive the mass extinction because it hibernated. It was basically asleep in the cold, then gradually reconquered the planet because everything else had died.
They’re about 95% of all animals you encounter in the geological record of the early Triassic. This was the only time ever in our planet’s history, when one vertebrate species dominated the entire planet’s surface. Because all the other animals on land had died. That’s what happened, during the Permian Triassic extinction event, 252 million years ago.
How fast was the warming back then? Eight degree Celsius, over 60,000 years. You low IQ morons are getting about four degree Celsius, in a period of 200 years.
What do you think is going to happen? For large mammals with a long lifespan like humans, this is not looking good. I wish good luck to any hibernating rodents in Siberia: We’re counting on you to carry on the torch of life.
“But all the other low status white males say it’s not a problem! They’re not going to invite me to their fishing trip anymore if I say it is! They’ll kick me out of our militia group! I will be downvoted on the zerohedge comment section!”
I don’t give a fuck. Because I have autism, while you don’t. You’re a hypersocial normie who adjusts to consensus among your peers, you just happen to be a hypersocial normie born into the form of a low status white male. And do me a favor, don’t just believe me, open a book, read about this stuff yourself.
“Yes, we’re warming the planet up faster than when all the animals died and some ugly hairless rat from Antarctica had to repopulate the planet… but China!”
“Yes, good point Cletus! And India!”
And this is why I will happily sit hand in hand with the pink-haired they/them wokies and the underweight vegan moms on the street, as the police water canon crushes my eyes in their sockets.
Democracy is a mistake. Who thought it was a good idea, to give low IQ low status white males the right to vote? I need to know, so I can piss on his grave.