Existential Threats

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Existential Threats

Post by rePETM » Fri Jun 07, 2019 12:07 pm

I’ve been following ERE for several years and only recently noticed the thoughtful and systematic discussions about existential threats on the forum. I’m surprised there are not more members. Time to dive in!

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Re: Existential Threats

Post by jacob » Fri Jun 07, 2019 5:29 pm

Interesting username ;-) Have you read Frank Landis' Hot Earth Dreams? He calls it the alti-thermal.

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Re: Existential Threats

Post by rePETM » Fri Jun 07, 2019 11:48 pm

Thanks! I'm not a climate scientist, but try to read a few papers here and there. Username was inspired by this:

Slow release of fossil carbon during the Palaeocene–Eocene Thermal Maximum
https://www.nature.com/articles/ngeo1179
Our simulations show that the peak rate of carbon addition was probably in the range of 0.3–1.7 Pg C yr−1, much slower than the present rate of carbon emissions.
I have not read Hot Earth Dreams (downloaded!), but just listened to an interview with Frank Landis:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PTPw9GgmS0k&t=4162s

Landis is pleasantly refreshing compared to Guy McPherson or Sam Carana, gives me some degree of hope and strengthens my resolve to maintain an ERE approach. Like Landis, I live in San Diego for now and wondering when to consider moving poleward to join the diaspora:
https://www.newyorker.com/news/dispatch ... der-crisis

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