There is a water crisis in the U.S. During the past decade, 63 million Americans were exposed to potentially unsafe water more than once. Dr. Kimberly Jones will discuss the disproportionate access to safe and reliable water in American communities and how researchers, lawmakers and communities can work together to solve this crisis.
The world is aiming for the wrong target – Will Steffen tells us that #NetZero by 2050 is not sufficient. We must act sooner and more aggressively if we are to stop the Earth from overheating, with devastating consequences. View the entire video https://youtu.be/wgEYfZDK1Qk
“Trajectories of the Earth System in the Anthropocene”, a recent study co-authored by Will Steffen, noted chemist, climate systems analyst, and professor of Earth System Science at Australian National University, warns of catastrophic changes to the Earth climate if current emission trends are not immediately reversed.
The #HotHouseEarth scenario — an existential crisis in which fundamental climate systems, and the ecosystems that rely on them, are irreversibly altered — is not only possible, but likely, if current trajectories persist. We will then enter a new geological age, perhaps we can call it the #Idiocene!
#TippingPoints lead to #TippingCascades, and the resulting failure of inter-twined systems leading to systemic collapse. While it is already too late to fully reverse the impact of humanity’s Anthropocene foolishness and greed, the current geological age characterized by human activity, it is still possible to ‘guide’ the climate trajectory toward a new stabilized Earth system. But the window of opportunity to reach this goal is closing fast. Achieving it will require huge and pro-active changes to human economy, culture and politics.
Welcome to Transition Studies. To prosper for very much longer on the changing Earth humankind will need to move beyond its current fossil-fueled civilization toward one that is sustained on recycled materials and renewable energy. This is not a trivial shift. It will require a major transition in all aspects of our lives.
This weblog explores the transition to a sustainable future on our finite planet. It provides links to current news, key documents from government sources and non-governmental organizations, as well as video documentaries about climate change, environmental ethics and environmental justice concerns.
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