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Jun 23, 2017

It’s become apparent over the last few months that a large part of one of Antarctica’s largest ice shelves, Larsen C, is on the verge of breaking off the into the ocean.

The latest observations by British scientists show the crack in the ice shelf to have expanded by 17 kilometers (10.5 miles) in the last week of May 2017. Scientists have observed that the crack grew 80 miles in length and 300 feet in width from 2010 to November 2016.

I’d like to know how many of you out there listening are trying to remove yourselves from the carbon based rat race, I’m not necessarily saying going totally off-grid, but I’d like to know what you’re doing because I’m feeling pretty fucking helpless and I’d like some tips.

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Jun 13, 2017

Steven & Iv discuss that Business insider have recently published an article stating the obvious, that it is now impossible for humans to utilise geoengineering in the form of planting trees to save us, as we simply can’t grow enough trees to capture the necessary amount of co2 that could help us meet the Paris agreement goals.

No shit.

Annually we emit about 40 billion tons of carbon dioxide alone, ignoring the other greenhouse gasses, and it’s a pretty much established fact, despite what Donald Trump might be telling you about his hair spray, that human caused climate change is messing up the planet to the point of no return.

It seems obvious to me that planting trees would never be a solution, trees are not a permanent carbon sink, if planting trees was in anyway a viable solution we would need to be talking about the rate of planting exceeding the rate of both decaying / destroyed trees and co2e of ghg emissions produced by us. It doesn't take a mathematician to intuit that this would require an exponential level of planting each year and we'd quickly run out of space.

I’m going to take a leap here and question how realistic is it then, given then, and I’m citing here another article from theconversation.com  that out of 116 scenarios consistent with a 2 degree Celsius rise, published by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, 101 of those 116 scenarios require the removal of CO2 from the atmosphere during the second half of this century, in addition to the large emission reductions required.

So if we already know trees are of zero help, how the fuck do we go about removing all this excess carbon from the atmosphere?!  I know we’ll just activate the weather modification net and that will solve all our problems, sorry I was getting Star Trek muddled up with reality there.  Everything I learnt I learnt from Star Trek after all.

So not only do we not have the technology to do this, we don’t have the land to site these imaginary technologies on, let alone the land to plant actual trees that actually exist.

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Jun 9, 2017

In today's bite size edition of the epppodcast I have the double edged story that NASA has Discovered a New process for Ice Loss in Greenland by observing the Rink Glacier, and that at the same time they saw so much water being released from this new process, that it actually bent the Earth’s crust!

This research kind of gives an indication to me, and I hope to you, the scale of the changes occurring in Greenland, and as I like to give you when I can, yet another example of how we’re fucking up the planet. 

Greenland is covered by enough ice to raise sea levels by over 20 feet if it were all to slide into the ocean. And we’re watching it happen.

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Jun 2, 2017

Researchers in Antarctica have discovered rapidly growing mosses on the ice continent's northern peninsula, providing yet more evidence that we are well and truly fucking up even the remotest parts of the planet with Climate Change.

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May 24, 2017

The Cicada insects overwhelm tree branches across the mid-Atlantic only once every 17 years, like clockwork.

But climate change could be causing them to crawl out from beneath trees in large numbers, four years early.

Yet another example of how humans are fucking up the planet.

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May 19, 2017

Climate change may be responsible for leaving Kenya with less than 1 days worth of Corn after a drought throughout the countries crop growing season in March and April.

We are witnessing here, in real time, the effects of climate change driven drought, leaving Kenya with not enough grain, and the starvation and famine vulnerable nations of Ethiopia and Zimbabwe choosing to export the little grain they have, because the price on the external market is 50% higher than the internal one.

This is exactly the point we raised in Episode 7 when I discussed with Iv the potential for this scenario playing out in the Philippines and other climate vulnerable nations.

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May 12, 2017

Steven and Iv discuss the already present effects of Climate Change on the Philippines. We discuss the impact of increased extreme weather events on agriculture, President Duterte, along with the recent news that his Environment Secretary was pushed out by big money.

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