But there is no need for despair


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17 Responses to But there is no need for despair

  1. What a freeze Dear Boy and there’s more coming

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  2. anthony says:

    nice try bob, but the world isn’t going to end like you think but you didn’t notice in this chart with the ice cubes it starts at 16k and ends at 3k with in those years. when it hits 0 its not the clock that just stops and hell brakes loose we have already been though 13k and not much has changed from then believe it or not 3k will not melting will not cause temperatures to rise 40-50 degrees. globle warming is a myth its been proven look it up they have been trying to prove it for years and scientists are starting to notice. even though Methane is more potent it will still have only a little or no change on are atmosphere


    • Dr Bob Rich says:

      Thank you for visiting and leaving a comment, Anthony. Rather than give you a quick, off-the-cuff answer, I am preparing a thorough, documented response.🙂


  3. Dr Bob Rich says:

    Anthony, in case you are monitoring this…

    My response to you can be found at http://wp.me/p3Xihq-hd

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  4. Dr Bob Rich says:

    Sadly, here is confirmation: Satellite data shows huge amounts of methane being liberated from the Arctic sea floor where the warm waters of the Gulf Stream penetrate. Methane levels as far from the Arctic as Hawaii have been rising.


  5. Ray says:

    Predictions are hard to make, but I like your attitude towards this whole mess…


    • Dr Bob Rich says:

      Thank you for your visit and comment, Ray. Actually, predictions are very easy to make. Now, ACCURATE predictions…

      I am having fun at the moment, writing a science fiction story. This alien is here to save us from extinction. His attitude: “We can only do the best we can do.”

      Strangely, that’s good enough.


  6. John from Victoria says:

    Hi Bob,
    As a neighbour of yours from the Dandenong ranges I also have to stop work for a while while chopping wood or hoeing the veggie patch to let a kookaburra grab the grubs.

    You suggest acceptance that all this beauty, the complexity of life on Earth, the whole biosphere itself is likely to disappear within a few decades due to human stupidity? No way!

    Impotent rage and shame, that’s my response and I can do nothing about it. I guess that it will also be the response of many within a decade or so, when denial becomes impossible.


    • Dr Bob Rich says:

      John, I agree with your passion. We must continue to work for a miracle. Acceptance does not mean giving up. It means doing our best with peace in our hearts.

      That rage is not doing the dinosaurs of humanity any harm, and anyway I don’t want to harm them, but to prevent them from harming all that’s precious.

      The person your anger is harming is yourself: your health, your wellbeing, perhaps the quality of your interactions with other people. It may actually get in the way of your effectiveness as an agent for change, because when you encounter disagreement, stupidity or greed, you will be guided by anger and respond with aggression. And that doesn’t change their minds.

      What allows me to react with equanimity (sometimes, when I can manage it!) is taking a wider perspective, as I’ve written in this essay, and in many other places.

      This can be achieved through many paths. People who are genuine followers of Jesus (as distinct from being Christians!) can do it. My path is the philosophy of Buddhism, though I don’t do any rituals and stuff. Mandela achieved it in jail, as far as I know without any strong religious beliefs, though I am willing to be corrected. He could stop the otherwise inevitable bloodbath in South Africa because he worked for justice and fairness, without rage and a need for revenge.

      A few years before Mandela’s release, a non-segretaged South Africa was inconceivable. Apartheid could only be brought down by bloody revolution. But the miracle happened.

      We can hope that we’ll achieve an even bigger miracle, and the method needs to be the same. Cooperation rather thank conflict. Compassion for all. Decency. Living simply so we may simply live.

      So, John, let’s work for a better world. That’s our chance at achieving the miracle, and even if we fail, we can create local pockets of sanity in an insane global culture.


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  8. svenaake says:

    Thank you for your good work. I always enjoy reading your newsletters. My latest newsletter is on why we should all go to Paris in November: http://ufbutv.com/2015/01/06/make-2015-a-climate-year/


  9. svenaake says:

    I have also been responding to those falling for the fossil fuel propaganda trick. Maybe you can find something of value here? http://ufbutv.com/2015/04/10/climate-research-vs-myths/


  10. Dr Bob Rich says:

    Thank you Sven. I’ll include your links in my next issue as well.🙂


  11. John from Victoria says:

    Thanks for your wise reply to my emotional reaction above, Dr Bob, and above all thank you for your updates.

    It’s not only people determined to keep their heads in the sand who do not know how dire the climate situation is.
    Many people who are willing to look at facts have also been lured into thinking that we still have time to make gradual changes and that we need to wisely manage a “carbon budget” to avoid a catastrophe.

    There is no “carbon budget” left.This is complacency.
    Complacency has been brought about by the policy of both scientific and climate advocacy organisations to present a “moderate”, “reasonable and conservative” picture so as to maintain their credibility and to avoid being accused of being “alarmist” if they present the raw picture of the situation and thereby run the risk of losing some of their funding.

    For years the IPCC has been the most influential organisation blurring the urgency of radically reducing our CO2 emissions in their attempt of appearing “conservative” and “authoritative”. A 2012 article in Scientific American ( http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/climate-science-predictions-prove-too-conservative/ ) presented their repeated failures to adequately project the threats that rising global carbon emissions represent. Their latest projections continue in the same vein (Video by Nick Breeze where experts reveal that the only survivable scenario presented by the latest IPCC report relies on little more than science fiction – https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=8akSfOIsU2Y&list=UUOfWROvWestkWbBhZTk147w – article at http://www.envisionation.co.uk/index.php/blogs/nick-breeze-blogs/111-survivable-ipcc-projections-are-based-on-science-fiction ). The IPCC also works far too slowly and do not integrate data from the last few years into their reports (see http://www.wri.org/blog/2014/10/9-significant-scientific-findings-too-recent-be-included-new-ipcc-report). If that is the science on which the Paris talks are going to be based, I do not hold much hope that they’ll produce a significant result.

    David Spratt, another Melbournian, produced a remarkable report, “Dangerous Climate Warming: Myth and Reality”, aimed at the local climate advocacy groups, alerting them of the urgency of the real situation. This report is quite technical, but well worth reading (16 pages PDF, https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B6hdzDj-9cy6YWJlVFF6Q2l3S3M/edit?pli=1 ).

    Apologies for the long post.


    • Dr Bob Rich says:

      John, I fully agree. If I didn’t practise Buddhist equanimity, I’d jump off the planet.
      But it’s OK. The students have lit the fire, and this school is burning down — but there are billions of other schools in the universe.
      In the meantime, we need to do the best we can do. Outcome is not in our hands, but motivation and effort are.🙂


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