— The Erimtan Angle —

The Retired NASA engineer Dwain Deets says that ‘David Ray Griffin has written a stellar book, Unprecedented: Can Civilization Survive the CO2 Crisis? (Clarity Press, 2015). The book’s tagline says it best: “Everything you need to know about climate change and what can be done about it.” Griffin addresses the scientific, moral, and spiritual problems that are blocking progress, and then offers solutions. I was struck by the breadth of disciplines and expertise among the reviewers on the cover. The review by Mary Evelyn Tucker, Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale University, is depicted in this 30-second video reproduced below.[1]

The theologian well-known for his treatment of the 9/11 myth in American history has now tackled the greatest crisis facing humanity . . . Last January, he wrote on the CNN website that “[a]lthough most of us worry about other things, climate scientists have become increasingly worried about the survival of civilization. For example, Lonnie Thompson, who received the U.S. National Medal of Science in 2010, said that virtually all climatologists ‘are now convinced that global warming poses a clear and present danger to civilization’. Informed journalists share this concern. The climate crisis ‘threatens the survival of our civilization’, said Pulitzer Prize-winner Ross Gelbspan. Mark Hertsgaard agrees, saying that the continuation of global warming ‘would create planetary conditions all but certain to end civilization as we know it’. These scientists and journalists, moreover, are worried not only about the distant future but about the condition of the planet for their own children and grandchildren. James Hansen, often considered the world’s leading climate scientist, entitled his book Storms of My Grandchildren“.[2]

Below is the famous man talking about this in 2009, more than twenty years after his famous testimony before the U.S. Congress.

But let’s get back to Griffin, as he explains the whole issue one more time: the “threat to civilization comes primarily from the increase of the level of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere, due largely to the burning of fossil fuels. Before the rise of the industrial age, CO2 constituted only 275 ppm (parts per million) of the atmosphere. But it is now above 400 and rising about 2.5 ppm per year. Because of the CO2 increase, the planet’s average temperature has increased 0.85 degrees Celsius (1.5 degrees Fahrenheit). Although this increase may not seem much, it has already brought about serious changes. The idea that we will be safe from ‘dangerous climate change’ if we do not exceed a temperature rise of 2C (3.6F) has been widely accepted. But many informed people have rejected this assumption. In the opinion of journalist-turned-activist Bill McKibben, ‘the one degree we’ve raised the temperature already has melted the Arctic, so we’re fools to find out what two will do’. His warning is supported by James Hansen, who declared that ‘a target of two degrees (Celsius) is actually a prescription for long-term disaster'”.[3]

Griffin goes on as follows: the “burning of coal, oil, and natural gas has made the planet warmer than it had been since the rise of civilization 10,000 years ago. Civilization was made possible by the emergence about 12,000 years ago of the ‘Holocene’ epoch, which turned out to be the Goldilocks zone – not too hot, not too cold. But now, says physicist Stefan Rahmstorf, ‘We are catapulting ourselves way out of the Holocene’. This catapult is dangerous, because we have no evidence civilization can long survive with significantly higher temperatures. And yet, the world is on a trajectory that would lead to an increase of 4C (7F) in this century. In the opinion of many scientists and the World Bank, this could happen as early as the 2060s. What would ‘a 4C world’ be like? According to Kevin Anderson of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research (at the University of East Anglia), ‘during New York’s summer heat waves the warmest days would be around 10-12C (18-21.6F) hotter [than today’s]’. Moreover, he has said, above an increase of 4C only about 10% of the human population will survive”.[4] Given that a great many people will by that stage already have perished as a result of the food crisis expected to explode by 2050,[5] it thus seems quite unlikely that civilisation as we know it will make it into the 22nd century . . .  Oh well, mustn’t grumble as something else will undoubtedly turn up in the wash . . . or will it???

[1] Dwain Deets, “Can Civilization Survive The CO2 Crisis? Review of David Ray Griffin’s Book” Global Research (28 Jan 2015). http://www.globalresearch.ca/can-civilization-survive-the-co2-crisis-review-of-david-ray-griffins-book/5427758/.

[2] David Ray Griffin, “The climate is ruined. So can civilization even survive?” CNN (14 Jan 2015). http://edition.cnn.com/2015/01/14/opinion/co2-crisis-griffin/.

[3] David Ray Griffin, “The climate is ruined. So can civilization even survive?”.

[4] David Ray Griffin, “The climate is ruined. So can civilization even survive?”.

[5] “2050: The Year the World Goes Hungry” A Pseudo-Ottoman Blog (29 Nov 2011). https://sitanbul.wordpress.com/2011/11/29/2050-the-year-the-world-goes-hungry/.


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