|"Let's Talk It Up"|
Even in the august Washington, D.C. (Fig. 1, Fig. 2).
They talk out of one side of their mouth, but do something else.
Dylan described quite well this sort of "speaking in tongues" while in a trance (Choose Your Trances Carefully), calling it a "pig circus" (Hurricane) as well as using "the circus is in town" (Desolation Row) as apt descriptions of some of the conditions around here (You Are Here).
When Obama returns he will face the brain dead crew (Saint Inhofe & Crew, Agnotology: The Surge - 14).
One social media site gathers words to explain the yuppie hopium user perspective:
On Nov. 30, more than 100 world leaders will gather in Paris in what many consider one of the last remaining attempts to squelch the growing scourge of climate change. They'll be joined by many of the planet's leading scientists, who for decades have urged countries to scale back the(What You Need To Know About The Paris Climate Summit, emphasis added). One has to strain themselves out of proportion to gather optimism from the plain historical facts.
emission of greenhouse gases to stave off a slew of unprecedented consequences.
The meeting -- the 21st Conference of the Parties, or COP21 -- will feature talks from the leaders of the world's worst polluting countries, namely United States President Barack Obama, Russia's Vladimir Putin, China's Xi Jinping and India's Narendra Modi. Environmentalists hope officials will come away from the summit with a sweeping plan to curb emissions and increase investment in renewable energy without any negative economic impacts, because (good news!) climate action is a sound investment.
Which is why I mention hopium.
Only 1.14% (about one percent) of global ice needs to melt in order to bring on only one of the many threats to civilization as we know it:
To spark our interest, and bind ourselves to a sober view of this phenomenon which is called "The Biggest Story in the World" (according to a worldwide circulation news source), first consider the following quote from the video below:(Why Sea Level Rise May Be The Greatest Threat To Civilization - 3). Other issues are a greater threat to the extinction of the human species, so I am only talking about the extinction of current civilization in this reference.
2:43 - "One meter [of SLR] would be a global catastrophic event, 3 meters would remap the world as we know it?"(emphasis added). This allows us to focus our attention on 1m / 3ft. of SLR, because it would be "a global catastrophic event."
2:50 - "Yes, absolutely."
The delicacy of the issue can be seen ... by realizing that only 1.14% of the global ice volume needs to melt to get us there (3 ft ÷ 263.5 ft. = 0.011385 = 1.14%).
The overall invader needs to use only 1.14% of its forces to accomplish the invasion.
If a small portion of one glacier (the Totten Glacier) in East Antarctica melts, or otherwise slides into the sea, the same will happen:
"How little it will take can also easily be seen by a statement from a scientist who is studying those locations closely and regularly:(Why Sea Level Rise May Be The Greatest Threat To Civilization). That is a slim margin, because the Totten Glacier is showing signs of decomposition (Nature).
'One of them, Totten glacier, holds the equivalent of seven metres of global sea level.' [a lower estimate is "at least" 3.3 metres here](Dr. Rignot East Antarctica glaciers, cf. Totten Glacier Melting). The percentage of that one glacier which needs to melt to cause 3 ft. / 1 m. of SLR is: 1÷7 = 0.142857143 = 14.3%."
The NEGIS [see here] is 16% of the entire GIS, JI is 8%, while KG & HG are at ~2% each.
These four entities make up 28% of the total ice in the GIS.
The entire GIS represents 21.49 ft. of SLR (Fig. 2), so 28% of that is (21.49 × .28) 6.02 feet.
Which means that only half of that amount (14%) is needed to reach "3 ft. / 1 m. of SLR."
Human extinction has never happened yet, but civilizations have a long history of habitually doing the unthinkable:
(A Study of History, by Arnold J. Toynbee). The COP21 conferees represent civilization rather than representing the human species, so expect their footprints to eventually lead to the suicide and/or murder of civilization (mass ecocide this time).
"In other words, a society does not ever die 'from natural causes', but always dies from suicide or murder --- and nearly always from the former, as this chapter has shown."
That said, remember that current civilization is like no previous civilization (in the sense that it has the power to make human life extinct), and it seems bound and determined to do so:
While Pope Francis has expressed hope that world leaders meeting in Paris for discussions on confronting climate change will find solutions to the problem, he has also said the inaction on the issue up to now is approaching global suicide.(Pope Francis: World Close To Suicide, emphasis added; cf. Civilization Is Now On Suicide Watch, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8).
"Every year, the problems are more grave," the pontiff told the press Monday, adding that politicians have so far "done little" to address the situation.
Recounting a meeting he had participated in that focused on what kind of world we are leaving our children, the pope said someone there had asked: "But are you sure that there will be children of this generation?"
"We are at the limit," said Francis. "We are at the limit of a suicide, to say a strong word."
"The Circus Is In Town" - Desolation Row, by Dylan (lyrics here)