CLIMATE DEADLINE 2035
"It's Us or Dust"
CLIMATE DEADLINE 2035
"It's Us or Dust"
THE MAIN CONCLUSIONS FROM THE NEW BOOK "CLIMATE DEADLINE 2035".
(1) That, since the industrial revolution, human activity has released about 375 billion tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) as well as staggering amounts of other greenhouse gasses (GHG) including: methane (CH4), a precursor to the GHG Ozone (O3), Nitrous Oxide (N20), and the various Fluorocarbons (CFCs). As of 2019 the accumulated CO2 concentration has passed 415 parts per million (ppm). The most prolific of these “legacy emissions”, carbon dioxide remains in the atmosphere for thousands of years. While governments and corporations have been aware for decades of the potential of GHG accumulations to end most life on Earth, with the exception of Ozone, these emissions remain largely uncontrolled.
(2) That indisputable geologic records show that each time (due to asteroid strikes or small changes in the Earth’s orbit) our planet has reached 450 ppm atmospheric carbon (on our current trajectory this will occur in the mid-2030’s) interactive feed-back loops in the environment have locked into a “new normal”. This new global ecology will be inconsistent with the continuation of most species living today. Additionally, beyond this transition in the mid-2030’s the speed and magnitude of this planetary shift will be beyond the scope of human intervention.
(3) That these changes in our terrestrial habitat will cause massive short and long-term suffering and death. Therefore, Global Warming presents a Clear and Present Danger as designated in late 2019 by the United Nations. That the Life and Liberty of future generations have essentially already been exterminated unless our environmental systems are restored by emergency measures.
(4) That, since the 1970’s, the accumulation of legacy greenhouse gases has been too large for Earth’s rehabilitative systems to process in a timeframe needed to avert this shift to a extinction-level new normal. That even if we were to halt all GHG emissions immediately, our warming trajectory would still push our planetary ecology beyond the Anthropocene Catastrophic Extinction Boundary in the mid-2030s. Indicators of this shift to a “new normal” are numerous and already occurring including:
• The slowing and redirection of ocean currents which distribute heat around the planet.
• The melting of ice and permafrost at both poles.
• The release of vast stores of methane from beneath melting permafrost and ice.
• Vastly worsening insect borne disease vectors and increasing prevalence and intensity of viral and other diseases.
• Reduced or destroyed animal species and habitats.
• Emergence of new soil microbes which have begun to release increasing amounts of stored carbon from the ground.
• A fatal breech between plants and pollinators.
• Altered weather patterns leading to loss of life and costly infrastructure damage.
(5) That, in addition to the Anthropocene Catastrophic Extinction Boundary, due to the interconnectedness of our natural world, the changes affected by Global Warming are shifting from a linear progression to exponentially expanding feedback loops. For example: Unable to escape Earth’s greenhouse-gas-saturated atmosphere, radiative heat is warming our oceans leading to the melting of precious polar ice and permafrost causing the release of massive stores of methane leading to ocean current disruption and acidification causing altered weather patterns leading to enduring droughts triggering wildfires (and flooding) leading to crop failures triggering the birth of novel carbon-releasing soil microbes causing the release of further massive carbon stores from soil leading to mass human and animal migrations which in turn overwhelm the ability of governments to respond causing social unrest, territorial wars, aberrant human behavior and on and on.
(6) While we do not fully understand these feedback loops, we know they are increasingly foreshortening the time available to resolve this Climate Emergency. This is probably why scientists have consistently underestimated the magnitude and speed of global warming induced climate disruption. As nature cannot be viewed as isolated parts, linear projections of the progression of Climate Change are and will be inaccurate.
(7) We can no longer survive by reducing emissions. That accidental and deliberate delay in taking action on Global Warming has combined with this exponential foreshortening leaving us with even less time to manage this emergency. In the 1970’s we could have discontinued greenhouse gas emissions, transitioned to alternative energy sources, and waited for the Earth to cycle greenhouse gasses out of the atmosphere. As things stand now, we must support nature in recovering from the damages we have artificially inflicted using artificially-derived methodology. We must actively remove emissions, or perish within this century.
(8) Hopes that shifting to renewable energy and sustainability practices combined with mitigation and adaptation climate disruption are not only fruitless but, more critically, are creating a lethal distraction and wasting resources and time we urgently require for making repairs to our atmosphere.
(9) Similarly, “adaptation” to Climate Change is possible only on a very short-term basis and is a losing scenario. Funding and decision making currently directed toward adaptation and mitigation must therefore necessarily and rapidly be refocused on developing the Climate Engineering technologies of Direct Air Carbon Capture (DACC) and, or Solar Radiation Management (SMR).
(10) That, as noted in the first conclusion above, there is already too much carbon in the atmosphere which will take thousands of years for the Earth to process on its own and these emissions are continuing to increase.
(11) For these reasons, to withhold or delay the use of technology to assist and support our atmospheric and ecological systems in recovering to a level which will again sustain human, plant and animal life is the equivalent of the taking of human life.
(12) That fortunately appropriate and safe technology for removing excess carbon from the atmosphere in the form of Climate Engineering now exists and must be used without further delay. Direct Atmospheric Removal of Excess-Carbon methodology is currently available to resolve our Global Emergency in the form of – specifically Land-Based Carbon Removal (LBCR), Ocean-Based Carbon Removal (OBCR) and Solar Radiation Management (SRM). The safest and most effective methodology appears to be that developed by David Keith, Ph.D. (Direct Air Capture) and Robert R. Fry, Ph.D. (Ocean Assisted Carbon Capture and Reflection).
(13) That regardless of whether the timeline for addressing this Climate Emergency is seen as realistic by humans it is no longer dictated by us but by nature and so is the only possible timeline. This necessary timeline looks roughly like this: 2020-2025: United Nations systems, government and industry organized toward Climate Engineering. Selection of methodology and mobilizing of resources. • Years 2025-2030: Emergency Climate Engineering underway. • Years 2030-2035: Global temperatures returned to less than 350 ppm.
(9) That, informed by this awareness of the Clear and Present Danger of Global Warming, we must find the strength and determination to shift from our current “business as usual” approach to human endeavors and adopt a “war footing”. We must quickly build the severe and unrelenting resolve needed to act affirmatively to remediate Global Warming – whatever the costs.
(10) That thousands of deaths each day are directly attributable to Global Warming. Profiting from Climate Change is therefore unethical and akin to “war profiteering”. While all people have a right to earn a median standard of living, work on Climate Engineering must be carried out without expectation of profit. If a question arises regarding ownership of intellectual or real property necessary to the climate repair “war effort”, those who would attempt to patent or possess such technology should expect to yield to the common welfare. Resolution of the current Climate Emergency is a duty born by all human beings, whether or not they realize or acknowledge this duty.
(15) That, while private funding is free to explore other avenues, due to the emergency nature of the current crisis we must now limit public efforts to refining and deploying these existing Climate Engineering technologies on a global scale in a safe, economical, energy-efficient manner.
(16) That the United Nations was established and is funded ultimately by the people through their various governments to manage global emergencies and should be expected to use these technologies to resolve Global Warming. To not do so demonstrates extreme negligence. In the decades the UN has been aware of the greenhouse gas accumulation problem and holding various levels of discussions on the subject (e.g., the 1992 Rio Summit, the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, and the 2015 Paris Agreement as well as scores of other global assemblies), greenhouse gas concentrations have continued rapidly rising, with increasingly damaging effects on the Earth's climate. A “business as usual” attitude and overlooking the big picture for immediate gratification (e.g., clearing plastic straws from the oceans) will fail. Bold measures must be taken as they were in our last World War - that led to the formation of the United Nations.
(17) That in order to make the work of the United Nations effective in addressing Climate Change, elements of the United Nations - including the UN Environmental Assembly (UNEA) and the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) -may need to be modified so that they have the necessary representation, primacy, administration, enforcement, regulatory capacity and sense of urgency to complete this work.
(18) That there are many environmental organizations like Climate Mobilization, Climate Strike, the Sunrise Movement, and Extinction Rebellion (see full list in Climate Deadline 2035) that have grasped the urgency of the Climate Emergency. It is essential that these organizations focus their energies on the United Nations and the International Criminal Court to develop structures and operations leading to the effective use of Climate Engineering and for the rapid initiation of such a program.
(19) The The International Criminal Court (ICC) located in the Hauge, Netherlands has the jurisdiction to prosecute individuals for the international crimes of genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and the crime of aggression. In February 2020 Climate Deadline filed a Complaint against the Canadian Government alleging Crimes Against Humanity - specifically the crime of “omnicide”. (Omnicide, for example, would be the crime resulting from nuclear war.) Carbon – like nuclear material – can be and has been used as a chemical weapon and its release on a population fits the definition for a Weapon of Mass Destruction (WMD). Evidence has been presented that Canada, along with other governments, has been aware since at least 1965 that carbon release into the atmosphere would result in mass suffering, death, species extinction and eventually omnicide. The government of Canada has also funded the development, testing and full-scale development of a Direct Air Carbon Capture system as an “antidote” to Carbon-WMD deployment. All concerned parties including environmental organizations, philanthropists, government agencies, media and private individuals must be asking the ICC to investigate and prosecute Canada for omnicide and that Canada make reparations by deploying its existing Direct Air Carbon Capture technology. This is currently the most effective way any of us can be fighting the Climate Emergency declared by the United Nations in 2019.
Office of the Prosecutor
Post Office Box 19519
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Liaison Office to the UN
Liaison Office of the International Criminal Court to the United Nations
Head of the Office
Ms Karen Mosoti
866 United Nations Plaza, Suite 476
New York NY 10017
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Fax: 1 212 486 1361
(20) If the United Nations or the ICC are unwilling or unable to take the lead in Climate Engineering by the end of 2025 it will be necessary to redirect efforts for atmospheric repair into the commercial sector. While it is difficult to be more specific at this time, Carbon Engineering in Alberta, Canada is far and away the most reputable, experienced and advanced source of Direct Air Carbon Capture technology and equipment while Ocean Assisted Carbon Capture & Reflection is the most efficient, safe and Earth-friendly.
(21) That once the current Climate Emergency is resolved (e.g. legacy carbon emissions returned to below 350 ppm), we must then have the resolve to judiciously withhold additional use of Climate Engineering technology until, operating through the United Nations, new ethics and agreements between governments for working with our planet’s systems (rather than abusing, degrading and damaging them), and for establishing carbon neutral, equitable and sustainable practices can be put in place. This will necessarily include adoption of alternative sources of energy, and population and resource management. We will essentially need to learn to regulate ourselves within the ecological limits of our planet as well as we have learned to develop our freedom, independence, and ambition. It is extremely dangerous, however, to delay Climate Engineering while hoping for such political and social changes to take effect.
(22) As many leaders have pointed out, we stand at a crucial decision point for humanity. Climate Change resulting from Global Warming has crystalized our human situation. There are two clear roads diverging before us. Down the other road lies is fighting, fear, and nationalism. Down the other road lies confidence, compassion, and international cooperation. Currently most of our world leadership is on the former road. Unless we change paths to the latter, we will be unable to work together sufficiently to achieve atmospheric carbon reduction through Climate Engineering and will most likely self-destruct - making way for future civilizations who will eventually be faced with the same choice.
At Climate Deadline 2035 we are confident that, looking back from some 50 years distance, while there may be variations in these conclusions and recommended actions, research indicates there 21 points will describe our pathway for finding our way successfully through the present Climate Emergency. All the pieces of the puzzle are here right now, and a 15-year time clock is already ticking. It will be your choice and mine if we will succeed. You already know where I stand.
Looking back from some 50 years distance we will certainly find that there will have been some variation in these conclusions and recommended actions, essentially this is the pathway we will necessarily have to take to find our way successfully through the Climate Emergency.
Today your Grandchildren have no future. It must be restored!
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SUSTAINABILITY WON'T SUSTAIN US! NOT YET!
SUSTAINABILITY WON'T SUSTAIN US! NOT YET!
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has recently validated the underlying basis for my campaign for Arizona Governor in 2018. Unless we reduce atmospheric carbon below 350 parts per million by the mid-2030s the Earth will shift to a “new normal” and climate disruption will transition from linear to a exponential and unstoppable condition referred to as Irreversible Exponentially Synergistic Anthropotoxic Environmental Cascade (IESAEC).
Already ocean currents are slowing, methane stores are being released from disappearing polar ice, disease vectors are altering, species die off is escalating, weather patterns are altering, novel carbon releasing soil microbes are emerging, and a breach is occurring between plants and pollinators. In the 1960s making a full transition to solar, wind and recycling would have been enough to avert the “tipping levels” we will reach in the mid-2030’s at 450ppm atmospheric carbon.
Sustainability may again be relevant several decades from now. In 2019, however, it is too late for sustainability to save us and too early for sustainability to sustain us. Our only option is to remove gigatons of carbon already in the atmosphere and do so in the next 15 years. After training with Al Gore, I was fortunate to work with a group of senior scientists developing a method using EHUX algae (which formed the White Cliffs of Dover) to remove carbon from the atmosphere and oceans. Emiliania huxleyi were designed by nature to remove carbon and can naturally achieve 350ppm safely and efficiently when assisted with liquid nitrogen from carbon capture at fossil fuel burning plants and human effort. Algae Assisted Carbon Capture & Reflection is the only existing method for bringing atmospheric carbon levels down to a safe level by the mid-2030’s.
WE'VE HAD OUR "CLIMATE PEARL HARBOR" - NOW IT'S TIME FOR ACTION
WE'VE HAD OUR "CLIMATE PEARL HARBOR" - NOW IT'S TIME FOR ACTION
As I finished my run for Arizona Governor in late 2018 on a climate change platform, once again major fires were threatening the nearby state of California. So far, the death toll as a result of a single fire in Northern California, the Camp Fire, now stands at 83, most of the victims burned alive – burned alive. According to the Butte County Sheriff's Department, 563 people remain unaccounted for. The Camp Fire has burned more than 153,000 acres and has destroyed more than 13,000 residences, as well as 514 commercial structures and more than 4,000 other buildings. Asking for help fire officials are stressing the connection between Climate Change and increasingly deadly and extensive fires. Over 137 deadly wildfires burned more than 1,830,00 acres in the Western United States during the 2017 fire season alone. Flooding along the Missouri river initiated preparations to shut down power plants, including the Cooper Nuclear Plant, forced 1,200 people to evacuate. A 30-knot wind storm, probably the first in Nepal, hit Bara and Parsa districts killing 28 and injuring over 500 people. Mozambique, Malawi, Madagascar, Zimbabwe, South Africa Tropical Cyclone Idai left entire cities demolished, close to 1,000 dead and more on the way from disease and starvation.
Farther north in neighboring Canada, early this week Valérie Théorêt and her 10-month-old daughter, Adele Roesholt, were found by her husband mauled to death by a grizzly bear – their bodies ripped apart. Wildlife experts report that bears are staying out later than usual because of warm winter conditions. Erratic climate disruption is driving the older bears to attack humans out of desperation due to hunger.
There are several important Constitutional lawsuits already in process asking the United States Government to reduce carbon emissions. These suits, even if successful, will not be sufficient to avoid the climate deadline we are facing in the mid-2030’s. In March 2019 my colleagues and I file The Climate Lawsuit - a federal suit asking the United States Government to beta-test, operationalize and manage the EHUX algae-based carbon removal program called Ocean Assisted Carbon Capture. This legal action will not be successful without a massive rise in public awareness of the immediacy and finality of the climate change danger we face - and the possibility that exists for rescuing our culture.
(1) It is important for all of us to understand climate change both on the intellectual and personal level. Intellectually the scope of climate change is massive and increasingly fills the news. It includes most elements of our planetary ecology, political and economic and agricultural forces, and many scientific disciplines. This we can read about. On a personal level we must look to our experiences – have you experienced increasingly intense or frequent fires, floods, storms, dust storms? Are you noticing less animals, birds and insects where you live? Have climate-related costs gone up – are you paying more for your water for instance? In Arizona where I live two summers ago planes were unable to take off from the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport due to intense heat. Especially for children we must find ways to build awareness that climate change is not just a far-off mathematical problem, but something very real happening to us more and more intensely and frequently.
(2) It's very important to talk with people about climate change. We no longer need to be worried about being laughed at or dismissed. Be aware that people will be reacting to climate change in different ways. Some will be in shock or denial. Some will be angry perhaps at the government or large-scale carbon polluters.
(3) Try and have a positive attitude – yes really! What we want to focus on is not how large and how serious the situation is – although those things are certainly true. The crucial thing to focus on is the very, very short time span (10-20 years) we have to master the problem. It’s like being bitten by a rabid animal. It’s not really a big problem if you get it in gear and take action get to a doctor and get vaccinated. But if you sit around wasting time your minor inconvenience is going to turn into something deadly. So global warming is really a time problem and our focus needs to be on getting moving.
(4) As individuals we can’t do much with recycling and driving hybrid cars. Those things will be great for later after we have solved the current crisis but they are actually causing a lot of people to not get moving and do what we need to do now which is push hard and fast for government and industry to mobilize. Since there is already too much carbon (and other greenhouse gasses) in the atmosphere and put in motion Ocean Assisted Carbon Capture (or some even better plan if there is one). Think about the large and rapid mobilization as the United States finally woke up to the danger or World War II. This is the situation we find ourselves in.
(5) So the kids who are walking out of schools and protesting are the ones who are most on the mark today - not the folks making sure their local restaurant is using paper straws and not plastic or riding their bikes to work. We need people blogging and posting on the Internet and getting their club or church to demonstrate in front of city hall and writing their representatives and marching at the headquarters of those companies most responsible for carbon pollution.
And then there is our Climate Lawsuit asking the United States Government to start work on a program like Algae Assisted Carbon Capture & Reflection that will remove carbon from the atmosphere.
(6) Start putting The Climate Lawsuit out there in your social circles and on social media today!
(7) Federal lawsuits are hugely expensive and The Climate Lawsuit will be no exception! Give a talk on what you have learned and collect donations for our legal fund! There is a link for making donations at www.theclimatelawsuit.com
(8) Our mission is to spread the word and to do that we need contacts. If you have contacts, please pass them on. We need students, teachers, researchers, philanthropists, investors, entrepreneurs, business people, farmers,
policymakers, engaged citizens, media representatives, celebrities, fossil fuel companies. If you have a church or civic group get us invited to talk.
(9) We need all kinds of other donations for material resources – plane flights to meet with and convince key organizations to get involved; access to a SPAR oil rig platform to perform “proof of concept” tests; funds to purchase seed and nutrients; access to marketing/advertising services.
(10) If you hear a news report (e.g. on flooding somewhere) possibly linked to climate change do some research. If it sounds like there is a legitimate link call the upstream news source and ask them to include mention of The Climate Lawsuit as part of their report. Write a story or letter to the editor yourself! If you need more facts just contact us!
(11) Talk about it! Tell your friends and colleague what you have learned here. We DO NOT have time to be shy or hold back. Imagine your living in the time of WWII – you would talk about it!
(12) Ask a friend in the motion picture industry to start running “shorts” or ads before the main feature outlining The Climate Lawsuit (we can get you all the materials your need!)
13) Promote the book “ClimateDeadline2035” which supports The Climate Lawsuit. Write a review of the book online or in print.
(14) Lobby for funding for Algae Climate Repair. Your Congressperson will ask what that is. This is on opening for you to tell them. Don’t forget the State level where most of the positive action is happening now. Remember politicians like doubt because it can be used to hide behind and not take action. We are certain about the need for and effectiveness of Ocean Assisted Carbon Capture. Politicians want re-election. Make sure they know you won’t vote for them if they do not cooperate.
(15) Join organizations like: Climate Action Council, National Wildlife Foundation, League of Conservation Voters, Natural Resources Defense Council, Environment America, Sierra Club and, or visit some organizations online. (If you are in one of these organizations press your leadership to make OACC&R a priority.
I ask you to picture this and tell me if you think it’s a crazy idea. We put a huge, and I mean 22,000 tons HUGE metal platform (let’s call it something cool and historic like a “SPAR”) way out in the Gulf of Mexico. Not in the shallow part either! We put it where the water is an average depth of say 8,000 feet! To make things more interesting let’s build the SPAR 8,200 miles away in Finland so we will have to drag it over to the Gulf of Mexico with a couple of giant barges. Then, once everything is hooked up, we make it suck 200 million cubic feet of gas and 100,000 barrels of flammable oil every single day 24/7 through a 27-mile network of pipelines on the ocean floor. Of course, that oil can explode and catch fire and devastate everything for 4 or 5 thousand square miles and 75% of that will be unrecoverable (trust me it’s happened before) so we will also put a couple of helipads on the thing so there will room for two Sikorsky S-92 escape helicopters that can carry 19 passengers each. Let’s see, with a workforce of 172 people the helicopters will have to make about ten 80 mile trips to get everyone safely to land if something goes wrong. So, what do you think is this an awesome idea or what? Let’s get started!
I’m not making fun of human ingenuity here. The point I am addressing is that somehow, for some strange reason (could there be a profit motive perhaps?) there is a myth floating around that repairing our damaged atmosphere through direct removal of carbon is not only an impossible idea, but a bad idea. So, my point is we need to have a little context when it comes to imagining atmospheric repair. Does anyone recall a discussion that went like, “Can we build and deploy giant and highly dangerous oil platforms?” Nope, there were profits to be made and corporations just did it. Now we are taking about the survival of humanity and the idea of using SPAR-type platforms to raise EHUX sea algae to remove carbon from the atmosphere sounds somehow like a crazy pipe-dream? How is that? Does that make any sense? No, of course it doesn’t. In fact, it sounds absolutely insane not to try – especially since we already have the technology and the down side is negligible. Carbon eating EHUX algae live a week tops. If something goes wrong, we just let the current crop die out and that’s the end of the project. No massive explosions, dead employees, or irreparable contamination of the ecosystem.
The truth is we have been “geoengineering” for the sake of greed alone for decades with no one questioning the wisdom of doing so – until we found out the result was going to be the extinction of our own species within this century. So the next time you even think about, or hear anyone even faintly whisper anything about active climate repair being unrealistic, or dangerous, or too expensive quash those delusions fast and hard. That’s all they are and very, very dangerous ones at that!
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