Jul 2Liked by Brad Weed

The limited ability of the current human civilization to knock down GHG emissions was ironically illustrated by the worldwide drop in 2020 caused by the unexpected pandemic, then followed by a rebound in emissions beginning in 2021, shown in the IMF GHG dashboard posted a year ago at https://www.imf.org/en/Blogs/Articles/2022/06/30/greenhouse-emissions-rise-to-record-erasing-drop-during-pandemic and more recently at https://climatedata.imf.org/pages/re-indicators#re1 .

All the work-at-home, bicycling and electric cars help the climate, and I urge support for personal, community, regional, national, and international efforts to reduce GHG. But at the same time there need to be strong government-funded climate/weather change adaptation projects, programs, and policies that allow people and nations to stay viable in the decades ahead.

Why you ask? Because temperatures will keep going up. GHG reduction efforts to reduce global climate and weather extreme events are now mostly going to fall short because these action programs were too little and too late, and still often are. Our planetary civilization and its human wants and behaviors puts Earth behind the curve for fixing the problem. As shown in Brad's essay above, we have a global-scale climate problem already happening that we will need to deal with.

Unfortunately, the ongoing failure sometimes expands unnecessarily because of leaders ignoring the full life-cycle GHG impacts of large scale civil construction projects that generate more GHG in building a "sustainable" solution than will be saved by that solution after implementation. Looking at you ST3. Even the electric car trend in OECD countries needs to have upstream and downstream impacts managed carefully with global sustainabilty kept in focus.

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Fascinating. Never thought of Van Gogh had anything to do with fractals and climate change. Good post. thanks for writing this.

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