Angry Climate 1: Humanity 0: Science of Catastrophe

Our Ongoing Climate System Destabilization // Published on Feb 24, 2016

The Arctic region average temperature is from 6 to 8 degrees Celsius (11 to 15 F) warmer than normal. Arctic sea ice extent maximum occurred a month early. Our climate system is breaking apart in front of our eyes. Ridiculously, the term “faster than normal” is still used to describe sea ice collapse, accelerating sea level rise and every other climate system parameter. Nothing is normal with our ongoing exponentially abrupt climate change…
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Risk From Abrupt Climate Change is Enormous // Published on Feb 25, 2016

People (public, politicians, even scientists) are terrible at evaluating RISK. As a result, society makes many stupid choices and fails to worry and deal with the most serious problems. People need to worry a lot more about abrupt climate change, which dwarfs all other risks.
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Usual favorite! As you all know, I love to be interviewed by Alex Smith, and in this episode, I get to follow heavy hitter, paleontologist Dr. Peter Ward [1] on Eco Shock Radio, ‘the expert on past mass extinctions, and maybe the present one‘, then joined by ‘climate scientist Paul Beckwith‘.  And there ‘is serious news about plankton, the tiny ocean plants that feed the seas, and provide most of the oxygen you are breathing right now‘.

Impatient listeners, can click to the 30:29 mark, to go right to my ample 28:21 segment, but I think the entire episode bears careful listening.  Thank you Peter and Alex!

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Tonight, I got to listen in then meet with Andre Revkin of the DotEarth blog of the New York Times, at Carlton University here in Ottawa.  They have been running a series of lectures this month and next on “Bringing Research to Life”.  Tonight’s Discovery Lecture was titled “The New Communication Climate”.

I have been wanting to meet Andrew for a long time. We have connected by social media and email a few times in the past and I wanted to make sure he was up-to-speed on the ongoing Arctic Sea Ice slaughter, the jet stream disruption and the ongoing methane risks.


I was extremely happy that he already knew most of this and about my group AMEG (Arctic Methane Emergency Group), having met Peter Wadhams (AMEG member and the UK’s top sea ice researcher) during the Vatican meetings with the Pope to get material for the encyclical.

I directed Revkin to this website and told him about my >100 YouTube videos on abrupt climate system change [2].

Andrew is a very engaging and knowledgeable speaker with over 3 decades of media experience. He has been in the Arctic four times, since, as he put it “the NYT does not have an Arctic bureau“.


He does get climate change. I discussed my three-legged bar stool analogy (zeroing carbon emissions, SRM to cool the Arctic, CDR to sustain life in the oceans) and also told him about my efforts with Norwegian colleagues at Gaia Engineering.

As he just said on Facebook, ‘Long but fascinating and fruitful day of student and faculty meetings and then discussions after my talk on the changing communication climate. Here with Chris Russill of Carleton University Journalism School and Paul Beckwith of AMEG (photo my Times colleague Ian Austen).

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Some things require no explanation.  Thanks to my good associate, Espen Xandrius Leinæs, of Gaia Engineering AS [3], for his creative and provocative work.  I think he is onto something deep and true here.

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The incredible things Google’s new robot can do:  ‘Why roboticists are raving about Google’s new robot‘.

Humanity not able to save itself from abrupt climate change, so let’s develop AI to do it for us:).
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[1] Most recently, ‘A New History of Life: The Radical New Discoveries about the Origins and Evolution of Life on Earth‘, then earlier, ‘The Flooded Earth: Our Future In a World Without Ice Caps‘.

[2] Since we were at 200,239 views just 22 days ago and now at 212,354, that’s 12,115 views since then, that’s an annual rate of 200k per year.  Previously, we were hoping to get there by END of 2016, but where major helper David Korn told  me to be ready for 1/3rd of 1,000,000 by year end, we are now sure to get there even sooner.  Donation button here.  We are self funding and work under tight constraints, on my most modest part-time professor income.

[3] The start up in Norway, which I am part of.  We have ideas for cloudmaking technology, with a view to saving the earth.  Some will say, ‘impossible’.  Others, will say, ‘beyond daunting but we must try’.



About paulbeckwith

Well known climate science educator; Part-time Geography professor (climatology, oceanography, environmental issues), University of Ottawa. Physicist. Engineer. Master's Degree in Science in Laser Optics, Bachelors of Engineering, in Engineering Physics. Won Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario gold medal. Also interested in investment and start-ups in climate solutions, renewable energy and energy efficiency. Avid chess player, and likes restoring old homes. Married with children.
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4 Responses to Angry Climate 1: Humanity 0: Science of Catastrophe

  1. Thank you so much for your very informative and athletic videos; I have been watching for a few years. You are one of the most preeminent presenters on the web regarding abrupt climate change. Please continue your clarion call for change even if it seems a Sisyphean task. We are out here watching, listening and following your reporting very closely. I enjoy your sense of humor immensely; you are a really funny man! I would like to contribute (donate) but must beg off -for now- due to extreme poverty but will try to donate when I can. I especially enjoy it when you point out what is happening on the google earth climate models. I too am very concerned about the growing threat of extreme, non-linear threats to our planetary biosphere and humanities’ seeming indifference to the looming catastrophes that await us in the future. Our insatiable venality and hubris might be our Achilles heel as a species. Oh well, nature always bats last.


  2. Lars Larsen says:

    Hello! I tried to find satellite methane data at AIRS, but I didn´t succeed. Can you please help me, Paul Beckwith?


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  4. Creighton Wyatt says:

    July 2018 arctic blog post showed surface water temps for July year on year from 2014 through 2018.. VERY informative. . .where can i find a similar table of year on year methane readings ?


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