Thursday, 24 August 2017

Inexorably being sucked into climocalypse….

Inexorably being sucked into climocalypse….

As I write this blog…there are unmistakable signs that disruptive unusual and extreme weather and climate patterns have started breaking out over all continents and oceans… added to this are similar disruptive unusual and extreme patterns of economic and societal trends… everything seems to be spinning out of control… future shock magnified almost infinitely… some of the major non-climate trends of this veritable theatre of the absurd are:

1.     1.  Debt at country, corporate, local govts, individual levels mounting much beyond all safe levels… leverage assuming bubble proportions…4x of global GDP, 15-20x including derivatives…
2.       Inequalities increasing sharply over most societies… the inherent greed and avarice of humans coupled with the overarching full-blown features of capitalism…are accentuating the divide between haves and have nots...
3.       Violence at all levels is spiralling out of control…countries, urban, family, individual…
4.       Terrorism at various planes…religious, predominantly Islamic, unhinged dictators like Kim, cyber, ethnic, nationalistic…. becoming more terrifying with the ease of owning dirty bombs (nukes), biological pathogens, hacking financial systems, power grids, sewerage and water systems….
5.       Digitisation, robots, TV, entertainment, internet and AI gaining total control of our lives… with humanity morphing towards singularity…dehumanisation….
6.       Family breakdown with traditional marriage fading out as an institution, more wanting to live alone, divorces, same sex living/marriages, rising promiscuity, robot partners, three/multi-some marriages…
7.       Rampant urbanisation stressing out infrastructure of cities, power woes at peak demand, heat stress with global warming where temperatures get upto 8C higher than normal due to concrete heat sinks, flooding due to vanishing urban green covers and run off surfaces...
8.       Food shortages over vast tracts of humanity coexisting with excess food in affluent pockets…due to inequalities, climate change induced famines….
9.       Migrants from war, terror, genocide, famine infested areas like Syria, Africa….rising immigrants into cities, rich countries…


The above are a few of frightening trends which are getting stronger…but finally as I have often written and lamented about is that climate is going to be the ultimate game changer… most of us are watching the onslaught of climocalypse like zombies …. too deep into the trance, addiction and morass of modern life to react… satisfied with the few puny incremental measures being taken up by countries, corporates to make our world less carbon intensive …..

A few of the future shockean climate change trends which are ravaging the planet with increasing intensity, frequency, amplitude, standard deviation are listed below:

     1. Rising number of heat records over all continents, oceans, poles, ice caps in terms of highest temperature ever, no of days of high average temperatures…
2.       Extreme climate events which used to occur once in hundred years now occurring 2/3 times per decade….
3.       Melting poles shrinking to lowest levels for max no of days..icebergs and glaciers breaking away from ice shelves…
4.       Increase in storms, tornadoes, precipitation
5.       Flooding
6.       Sink holes
7.       Drought and famines
8.       Wildfires…
9.       Rising sea levels
10.   Rivers drying up
11.   Pollution, garbage
12.   Acidification of oceans and water bodies
13.   Extinction of animals, fish, fauna and flora.


Multiple theatres of extreme climate events like heat and flooding, heat and storms, heat, wildfires and flooding are being enacted simultaneously in all continents and also in several countries like USA, Peru, Portugal, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Spain, UK….. Need for a site to report on all these in a dashboard format. Predictive engines need to be designed for all countries and top say 1000 cities of the world starting with top 100. Constant coverage of these climate stories will only help in mobilising awareness.

On a time bound basis  in addition to the action points under the Paris Accord, all countries, top 1000 cities, all coastal cities, all cities which have currently reached 40c for 7 days a year, experienced above 3” per hour rain for more than 3 hrs at a stretch or more than 15’ in a day events in a year, experienced extreme climate events should prepare and implement action plans for: climate, heat, storm & flooding, drought, coastal sea level. New Grammar of Living action plans for some of these will be published in these blogs within the next few months.


Coping and survival guides, kits and training should be implemented in all countries. It has reached a stage where one can safely state that no country is safe anymore. There was a theory that tropics are most affected and temperate regions are going to be safe. But that is no longer true in view of the recent climate events in Canada like wild fires, rain, flooding… Even the Antarctica has been plagued recently by of all things wildfires!!!  

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