Food Sources: Disruption, Climate Change, and Oceans

Food Disruption, Climate Change, and Ocean Sources of Food: Part 1 of 3 // Published on Jan 18, 2017

I tell the story of how our global food supply, derived from land and ocean, is being severely stressed by climate change caused extreme weather events, ocean warming, acidification and stratification. Destructive farming practices, overfishing and poor aquaculture practices are also exacerbating the problem.


Abrupt climate change cannot be dismissed any longer.


We are in a global climate change emergency, and very soon it will severely stress large portions of our global food supply leading to global societal chaos.

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Reference:  Climate Change Impacts on Food Security, from Peter Carter.


IPCC 5th Assessment 2014:  ‘Assessment and Future Food Security

‘The IPCC results are very important to understand because it is only the IPCC assessment that is recognized by policy makers and governments.

There are already observed changes top crop yields, which have all been negative for all regions.

The results for the future from computer model projections do not capture the extent of many large adverse impacts- including prolonged drought, heat waves, floods,pests ground level ozone and climate variability.’
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Dr. Jake Rice, IPBES:  Chief Scientist,-Emeritus, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, ‘served as a Chief Scientist at the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Canada. He is a renowned researcher in the field of marine ecosystem structure and function, impacts of human activities on ecosystems, and ecosystem approaches to integrated management of human activities in the sea.

He has served as the Chief advisor to Assistant Deputy Minister, Science, on all issues of science applied to departmental policy making, international science-policy issues, and strategic science planning and as a Senior National Advisor, Ecosystem Science; Department of Fisheries and Oceans Expert advisor to senior Ministry officials on all aspects of ecosystem science, ecosystem approaches to management, and related issues.
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Global Sea Level is Rising Faster and Faster, Paul Beckwith, Video by:
Rick Siegenthaler:

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The Coast is Toast, Faster and Faster, Global Sea-Level Rise


Global Sea-Level is Rising Faster and Faster: Part 1 of 4
// Published on Jan 14, 2017

In  discuss new science and impacts of quickly increasing global sea levels. This is not a problem for 2100, but for NOW.

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Within the next few decades, we can expect to experience large upward lurches in sea level, with resulting increases in frequencies, severities and durations of coastal flooding events around the planet. Damage to coastline infrastructure will severely stress economies, and cause mass migrations to higher ground.

Global sea-level rise of 5 feet to 10 feet (1.5 to 3 meters) by 2050 are very possible; even likely.

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Reference to article, ‘Eleven alarming facts about sea-level rise‘, here.
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Global Sea-Level is Rising Faster and Faster: Part 2 of 4
// Published on Jan 14, 2017

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Global Sea-Level is Rising Faster and Faster: Part 3 of 4
// Published on Jan 16, 2017

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Global Sea Level is Rising Faster and Faster: Part 4 of 4
// Published on Jan 17, 2017

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Podcast from Extinction Radio, Episode 63, from 11 January 2017:  ‘Paul Beckwith and’ Founder, Producer, Host, ‘Mike Ferrigan In Conversation’. This is in Part Two and starts at 2:25:57 and goes to 2:58:00, or 32:03 long.

Follows Part One, which includes potent episodes with no less than Dr. Guy McPherson, transformative thinker Carolyn Baker and spiritual teacher-religious scholar Andrew Harvey and ‘writer, translator & developer’ Torstein Viddal.

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Humanity Flunked, Arctic Report Card

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Story on Arctic Report Card 2016: Part 1 of 2 // Published on Jan 8, 2017

In this video I tell the story of the massive changes that are underway at the top of of planet, and how these changes are affecting all of us. I discuss temperatures, ice and snow conditions, permafrost, biosphere and where we are headed.

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Story on Arctic Report Card 2016: Part 2 of 2 // Published on Jan 8, 2017

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0ceans on Acid and Rant in Snowstorm


Evil Twin of Climate Change; Ocean Acidification: Part 1 of 2 //  Published on Jan 3, 2017

Engrained into human nature is a tendency to not think much about things we do not see. When we think about climate change we often overlook the ongoing destruction of our oceans. Without a viable ocean, it is not possible for life on land to survive.


The entire marine food chain is under attack by ocean acidification, stratification from rapid warming, oxygen free zones, overfishing and numerous other stresses; in this video set I tell the ocean acidification story.

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Evil Twin of Climate Change; Ocean Acidification: Part 2 of 2 // Published on Jan 4, 2017

Atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide are now over 400 ppm. Whenever it rains or snows, some of this CO2 in the air is dissolved into the water that falls, creating a weak acid called carbonic acid that enters the ocean making it more acidic.


The pH of the open ocean at the surface has dropped from an average of 8.2 to 8.05 over the last 3 or 4 decades. Since the scale is logarithmic, this is an increase in ocean acidity of 30%. When pH drops to 7.9 or 7.8 then much of the marine life will die.

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Climate System Rant in Snowstorm // Published on Jan 4, 2017

I was walking home from school late last night in a raging snowstorm, and I could not resist having a bit of silly fun. I filmed a selfio (selfie-video) of whatever thoughts came into my head. I recall discussing topics like how to slash fossil-fuelled emissions, how to take carbon out of the air, and how to block the sun to cool our planet.

Hopefully, I am at least semi-coherent. Enjoy..
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Matter of Life or Death, Climate Change


Climate Change: A Matter of Life or Death; Part 1 of 2 // Published on Jan 1, 2017

Sometimes, a field is dominated by a single man or women, who stands head-and-shoulders above everybody else.

In chess, that person in recent decades was Gary Kasparov; prior to him in the 1970s it was Bobby Fischer.


In climate change study that person is James Hansen [1]. From the 1980s to present day. In this video I tell you all about his latest landmark paper from Fall/2016 [2].  His ample CV is here.

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Climate Change: A Matter of Life or Death; Part 2 of 2 // Published on Jan 1, 2017

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[1Climate YODA James Hansen Gold Q&A in Paris, which Paul wrote about here, dk.


[2] Young People’s Burden
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Arctic Ocean Blues Will Reverse Winds and Gyres

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Abrupt Climate Disrupting Arctic Changes: Part 1 of 2 // Published on Dec 30, 2016

I discuss gut-wrenching disruptions presently underway in our Arctic.

These include: record high temperatures, near-record summer ice and spring snow cover loss, record low sea-ice winter growth, and how the Beaufort Gyre and other ocean currents will reverse when we get complete sea-ice loss.
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Abrupt Climate Disrupting Arctic Changes: Part 2 of 2

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The first daylight of 2017 reaching the western Pacific (Himawari-8 satellite).” Tweeted by Zack Labe.

The first image of the entire Earth from space is a breathtaking reminder that humanity is on a solitary boulder hurtling through space. Even though we have numerous images now, they never cease to amaze and inspire me.

Happy New Year Earthlings!!
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Paul Interview, Extinction Radio End 2016 & Start 2017, After Peter Wadhams


Here is Paul on Extinction Radio Episode 62, 28th Dec 2016 titled:  ‘Peter Wadhams, Paul Beckwith, Tim Garret‘.  He is on Part Two, from 0:00 to 52:45, about 52:45 long.  After discussing year end then President Elect Trump, he then talks about the year ahead and rapid change on tinderbox planet earth.  The tendency to combust is driven both by political craze and the heat engine of industry framed by unprecedented changes in climate systems.


This is contrasted by the many ideas Paul is anxious to try, such as the CPR Party, Climate and Restoration Party.  Finally he explicates the need for peer review publishing in climate, criteria of what we need to know, available data, questions we need to ask, and targeting a journal such as Nature or Science.


It is with great honor that Paul not only continues to be interviewed on extinction radio by raconteur par excellence, show founder Mike Ferrigan who is quite much back at the helm with Jennifer Hynes next to him, but follows Dr. Peter Wadhams lead in Part One (polar ocean physics, researcher emeritus and author of ‘A Farewell to Ice: A Report from the Arctic‘).
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While Paul has focused his shares to his robust twitter account and duly at his Facebook account as well, highlighting and emphasizing HIS work at this site, now and again we share discoveries by him.  Two shares of note apropos his podcast:  ‘The Decline of Empathy and the Appeal of Right-Wing Politics‘ and ‘Neuroscientists Discover a Song That Reduces Anxiety By 65 Percent‘.

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