“Never has there been less hunger, less disease or more prosperity”. Global poverty has just been halved, global inequality is at a record low, an alltime high African life expectancy (55) and British too (81). AIDS is in an 8 year drop and Malaria cut to one fifth. War deaths and natural disaster deaths are at century lows. ”We are living in a golden age … the great advances of mankind come … from ordinary people.” Let’s keep on doing it!
Our Earth is at a 30 year plant maximum: 20% greener AND 16% increase in biomass, mainly due to increased CO2, even as temperatures and sea levels have now flattened out. Peak farmland is now here as we city loving humans leave behind expanding wildernesses.
“Now we are confident that we stand on the peak of cropland use, gazing at a wide expanse of land that will be spared for Nature.” No lifestyle changes needed
Animal species numbers are increasing, reversing “alarmist estimates of extinction rates”.
Science and scientists are also now reining in their “gone native” rogue males and females.
This calls for a song. A hug-your-hominans song!
Still the One
We’ve been together since way back when,
Sometimes I never want to see you again,
But I want you to know, after all these years,
You’re still the one I want whisperin’ in my ear,
You’re still the one — who can scratch my itch,
Still the one — and I wouldn’t switch,
We’re still having fun, and you’re still the one.
Even top Dark Greens are dropping their “catastrophic scare story” moralizing speaches: James “Gaia” Lovelock – “We never intended a fundamentalist Green movement that rejected all energy sources other than renewable … the Greens … failure to understand that the needs of the Earth are not separable from human needs”; Mark “6 Degrees” Lynas -“I am also sorry that I helped to start the anti-GM movement … I could not have chosen a more counter-productive path. I now regret it completely“. They’re rejoining the rest of us hominans in furthering the Enlightenment ideals of science and reason to make our world even better. Welcome back boys! Time for some catch-up reading?
2013 should be even better … and exiting too
Reasonably optimistic hominan Brady
Human beings, I’ve been thinking. Hmm…
Top left is Everest. Behold the beauty of bare rock and ice. 3.8 billion pixels of raw reality.
So we see. But some see ideology (and money?): “We want to tell the bigger story of climate change in the area, and we are working with Microsoft’; ‘ photographs showing the effect of climate change since 1921′. But Breashears brags: “GlacierWorks is not about advocacy or activism.” Hmm … David, any photos yet of all the advancing glaciers?
Lets look elsewhere. First, recently in the Media and even … in the scientific litterature!
“it is evident that glacier surging is more extensive than previously reported in the Karakoram and that the number of glacier surges has increased recently,” driven, as noted above, by positive mass balances.”; the result that “the regional mass balance is just positive at +0.11 ± 0.22 m/year water equivalent.” And in further support of this finding, they write that “recent glacier expansion (Hewitt, 2005) and speed-up over the region (Quincey et al., 2009; Heid and Kaab, 2011) tally with the gain of mass calculated in this study.” ; “between 1961 and 2000, mean summer temperature declined at all climate stations (Fowler and Archer, 2006), probably resulting in a decreasing glacier melt.” Glaciers, up and down … naturally. Everest is best without the activist interests
So, Happy Festive Season! … with no ideology or politics, just (small) worldly beauty
Glacially Active Brady
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Curiosity: The new Mars surface car-sized rover has touched down at 05:17 UT on Mon 6th Aug 2012; $2.5 billion in costs, 7 years to plan, 7 mins to land, 7 mins to know…WOW!
Opportunity: the other Mars rover bravely gathers it’s 9th year of successful science for us humans. However, some humans back on Earth are still taking every opportunity to spread doom & gloom even after 4800 years of failed predictions. Slow learners?
Innovation: one of the 4 hoursemen (effort, resources, luck and innovation) continually creating the increasing (and increasingly well distributed) wealth of our world … and also continually defeating our ever noisy apocalyptics. 92% of innovators are not scientists.
Hopefully smart talks like these will give pause to our current batch of misguided, noble-cause certain, morally rightous, political activist scientists. There are a lot of other professions out there (full of non-scientists) already doing a marvellous job of continually innovating to enrich and beautify our world. Let’s let them do it.