Climate Tipping Points from Cascading Feedbacks, Voices of Dissent Interview, Extinction Radio

Climate Tipping Points from Cascading Feedbacks // Published on Nov 23, 2017

From my chair, it looks like we can kiss our stable nurturing climate goodby.

Humans have poked and prodded and perturbed our Earth systems to the breaking point, and these systems are now breaking.  Business as usual guarantees an unstable climate and gut-wrenching consequences for all life on this planet.

Source of feature image, Tipping Elements – the Achilles Heels of the Earth System, from The Potsdam Institute, For Climate Impact Research:

Tipping elements are components of the Earth system of supra-regional scale which – in terms of background climate – are characterized by a threshold behavior. Once operating near a threshold, these components can be tipped into a qualitatively different state by small external perturbations.

‘Comparing with the human body, tipping elements could be described as organs which drastically alter or stop their usual function if certain requirements, such as the administration of oxygen, are not given in a sufficient manner‘.


And for reference, ‘Chapter 15: Potential Surprises: Compound Extremes and Tipping Elements‘.  Key findings:  ‘The physical and socioeconomic impacts of compound extreme events (such as simultaneous heat and drought, wildfires associated with hot and dry conditions, or flooding associated with high precipitation on top of snow or waterlogged ground) can be greater than the sum of the parts (very high confidence). Few analyses consider the spatial or temporal correlation between extreme events‘.
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Paul is feature by Dougie Hanson, The Abolitionist, on the Voices of AM radio show.

Voices of Dissent Interview, from Nov 18,2017.  Link is to audio file, first of two hour long segments.  For those so inclined, link to second hour, continues here.  Episode proper after several minute introduction, gets going around 8 minute mark, then leads with contextual information with Amy Goodman of Democracy Now, then gets into specifics at 13:00 mark.  Paul’s segment starts around 42:00 mark to the end of ‘Hour One’–about 20 minutes long.
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Extinction Radio Episode 80, 22nd October 2017, ‘Mike Sliwa, Derrick Jensen, Paul Beckwith, Vanessa Blackeslee and Hambone Littletail‘.  Paul’s hour plug long segment segment starts at:  1:07:17- 2:10:30, In Conversation – Paul Beckwith and Mike Ferrigan.
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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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