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According to Dr. Polya, the holocausts and genocides of the past could be dwarfed by a possible oncoming "terracide." Scroll down for his latest warning.
Second hour: Robert David Steele is a former CIA Clandestine Services Officer who, after leaving the Agency, played a major role in creating the Open Source Intelligence movement. Along with Cynthia McKinney he has spearheaded #UNRIG – and suffered intense pushback as a result. His latest article, and the main topic of tonight's discussion, is "War in the Middle East… A strategic survey of possibilities, winners, losers… Iran Is Not the Enemy."
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From Dr. Gideon Polya:
Dear fellow humanitarian, Below is an abbreviated version of a shocking, quantitative and dire terracide warning from over 15,000 scientists (coincident with the 2017 Bonn COP 23 UN Climate Change Conference) that we are badly running out of time to save the Planet. Science-informed people – and especially those of already climate change-devastated Island Nations and mega-delta nations, and the young who are most threatened by climate change, climate injustice and intergenerational inequity - must (a) inform everyone they can of the need to urgently reverse man-made climate change by a return to a safe and sustainable 300 ppm CO2, this involving 100% renewable energy, cessation of fossil fuel burning, and cessation of methanogenic land use, (b) urge dumping of deadly, climate genocidal and terracidal neoliberalism by supporting the pro-equity, social humanist and Terraphile Greens and Socialists, (c) demand sidelining climate genocidal climate criminals from public life, (d) demand national and international judicial trial and punishment of climate criminals involving inescapable dispossession and custodial retribution with the same rigor as that applied to murderers and robbers in civil society, and (e) demand zero tolerance for climate criminals by urging and applying Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against all people, politicians, parties, countries, companies and corporations disproportionately conspicuous in the War on Terra, the greed-driven, terracidal destruction of Humanity and the Biosphere through unaddressed, man-made global warming. Yours sincerely, Dr Gideon Polya, scientist, Melbourne, Australia.
Over 15,000 scientists have issued the following dire warning (William J. Ripple et al., 15,364 signatories from 184 countries, “World scientists’ warning to Humanity: a second notice”, Bioscience, 13 November 2017):
“Twenty-five years ago, the Union of Concerned Scientists and more than 1700 independent scientists, including the majority of living Nobel laureates in the sciences, penned the 1992 “World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity”… These concerned professionals called on humankind to curtail environmental destruction and cautioned that “a great change in our stewardship of the Earth and the life on it is required, if vast human misery is to be avoided.” In their manifesto, they showed that humans were on a collision course with the natural world…
On the twenty-fifth anniversary of their call, we look back at their warning and evaluate the human response by exploring available time-series data. Since 1992, with the exception of stabilizing the stratospheric ozone layer, humanity has failed to make sufficient progress in generally solving these foreseen environmental challenges, and alarmingly, most of them are getting far worse (figure 1…). Especially troubling is the current trajectory of potentially catastrophic climate change due to rising GHGs from burning fossil fuels (Hansen et al. 2013), deforestation (Keenan et al. 2015), and agricultural production—particularly from farming ruminants for meat consumption (Ripple et al. 2014). Moreover, we have unleashed a mass extinction event, the sixth in roughly 540 million years, wherein many current life forms could be annihilated or at least committed to extinction by the end of this century…
Figure 1. Trends over time for environmental issues identified in the 1992 scientists’ warning to humanity. The years before and after the 1992 scientists’ warning are shown as gray and black lines, respectively… Percentage [quasi-linear] change, since 1992, for the variables in each panel are as follows [explanations in square brackets]: (a) –68.1% [Ozone depletors (Mt CFC-11-equivalent per year); a good result showing that effective action is possible]; (b) –26.1% [Freshwater resources per capita (1,000 metre3 )]; (c) –6.4% [Reconstructed marine catch (Mt per year)]; (d) +75.3% [Dead zones (number of affected regions)]; (e) –2.8% [Total forest (million ha)]; (f) –28.9% [Vertebrate species abundance (% of 1970)]; (g) +62.1% [CO2 emissions (Gt CO2 per year)]; (h) +167.6% [Temperature change (oC)]; and (i) Humans: +35.5% [Population (billion individuals)], Ruminant livestock: +20.5% [Population (billion individuals)]…
To prevent widespread misery and catastrophic biodiversity loss, humanity must practice a more environmentally sustainable alternative to business as usual. This prescription was well articulated by the world's leading scientists 25 years ago, but in most respects, we have not heeded their warning. Soon it will be too late to shift course away from our failing trajectory, and time is running out. We must recognize, in our day-to-day lives and in our governing institutions, that Earth with all its life is our only home.”