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There have been several updates to the Climageddon book since it was published. On this author's page, you will find those important updates or corrections for the Climageddon book since its release almost 2 years ago. They are based on the newest global warming (aka climate change,) research and an updated meta climate systems analysis including this newer research.
Below you will find the relevant prioritized updates:
The biggest Climageddon book update
Please do not read any of the original six chapters found only within Part 2 of Climageddon, "The key action steps of the Job One Plan to end global warming!" We have had to significantly update, re-order and re-prioritize the Job One Plan content and action steps from what was presented in the original Climageddon book to deal with the new realities of global warming becoming out of meaningful control for at least, the next 50 years. (More will be said about this new irreversibility issue in the second biggest book update further below on this page.)
We are providing this free website update of the new Part 2 of the book to all Climageddon readers. To read the new Part 2 two of Climageddon use the four links below as follows:
Click here for Part 1 of the Job one Plan on how to best prepare yourself, family and business for the unavoidable worst consequences of global warming. (Part 1 was formerly Part 4 of the original Job One Plan found in the Climageddon book. We had to move it forward because global warming is now out of meaningful control for at least, the next 50 years and everyone needs to do some basic emergency preparation to survive the unavoidable consequences that are coming while they work on the other Job One steps below.)
Click here for Part 2 of the Job One Plan on the best individual actions to help slow, lessen and adapt to the unavoidable worse consequences of global warming to do what you can to minimize the coming suffering and loss. (This new Part 2 was formerly an appendix in the Climageddon book. Individual actions now have a slightly more important role in helping to modestly slow, lessen and adapt to what is coming. These actions are an important part of creating greater sustainability for the future. At this point, although these actions will not prevent the coming consequences, the consequences that are now unavoidable are so threatening that even any modest slowing, lessening or adaption to them will be vital to saving more people from unnecessary suffering or death.)
Click here for Part 3 of the Job One Plan. It is the absolutely essential collective actions that will work to drastically reduce greenhouse gases down to net zero so we survive global warming. These are the most critical collective actions we must do to prevent the very extinction of humanity and future generations. (This is the original Part 3 of the Job One Plan found in the Climageddon book, but it has been extensively upgraded including a completely new action step 12. It also has been refocused even more deeply upon the single painful and dominant reality that we must make immediate, radical and costly reductions in our fossil fuel energy generation and use.)
Click here for Part 4 of the Job One Plan for radical new ideas on how we can get the very difficult must do survival critical actions of Part 3 of the Job One plan done. (Among other things Part 4 has been upgraded by adding religious leaders to the mix of individuals who can have a real influence upon our national politicians to compel them to make the critical government level changes described in Part 3 of the Job One Plan.)
We will soon have a new downloadable PDF file that includes all 4 parts of the recently upgraded Job One Plan. We will notify all book purchasers, website subscribers, and members when it goes up. If you haven't subscribed to the website (at the bottom of every page on our website,) please do so now so that you get all of the new research, blog posts, newsletters, and updates.
The second biggest Climageddon book update
In the new book Climageddon, it was stated that if we were very, very lucky, global warming may not become irreversible. But just one year after publication, we now know differently. Global warming has, for all intents and purposes has become irreversible for at least the next 50 years due in part to the continually accumulating or increasing factors found on this page.
For those of you who doubt that global warming has already become out of meaningful control for at least the next 50 years, please click the preceding link and read the following new information not found in the Climageddon book.
Once you have read and understood the new out of control global warming document on our website you then understand the second biggest update to the Climageddon book and why we have had to make all the fast upgrades to Part 2 of the book.
Please note that global warming being irreversible for at least the next 50 years does not significantly change almost anything else in the book other than redoing the Job One Plan (as noted above,) and other than suggesting that the consequences and timetables discussed in the book are even more certain and could be coming sooner than even the book predicts.
The third biggest Climageddon book update
In Climageddon I was wrong about the carbon 425- 450 ppm last battle line for saving us from the worst of the Climageddon Scenario. This is now an irrelevant battle line because there is truly nothing we can do at this point to prevent ourselves from crossing it and continuing on to at least to crossing the carbon 500 ppm tipping point as described in detail in this out of control global warming description. One of the most important reasons for this (among the many other reasons described on this page) is, that the key nations of the world are still at least 15 to 30 + years away from coming to any kind of near unanimous, immediate and truly effective international agreement for cutting of fossil fuel consumption to the true needed levels to prevent adding more carbon ppm to the atmosphere each year and the coming worst 20 consequences of global warming.
I truly believed that once Climageddon was published there would be a stronger reaction by both governments and other environmental groups to help enact its effective solutions for radically cutting fossil fuel use. I have been quite shocked and at times disheartened by the general reaction and inaction of governments and other environmental groups to the difficult facts of Climageddon. In fact, only one another global warming education group has come to realize and promote that what was laid out in Climageddon is our real future.
Additionally, once we finally get global agreement and mass mobilization to make the drastic fossil fuel use cuts needed, as mentioned earlier, the projected length of time it will take to technologically move from global fossil fuel energy generation and use and to scale up green energy generation and use to replace it will take far longer than previously estimated to scale up green energy generation according to MIT. They estimate that could to 400 years.
At the minimum, this means that we will be adding new and additional carbon into the atmosphere at the current rate of about three more parts per million (ppm) per year for at least the next 50 years or so and, probably far longer. (Adding this additional and unavoidable three or more carbon ppm per year for the next 50 or more years also does not include any compensatory calculations for the additional fossil fuel energy use of the human population soaring from 7 to 14 billion people during this period or that many more people will move into the middle class demanding the same high carbon use and comforts of the developed world.
When you look down the road 50 years from now and add the additional and unavoidable 150 carbon ppm (50 x 3 carbon ppm) to our existing carbon 411 ppm total, it is easy to see we are already locked into in an escalating irreversible global warming emergency where we will cross the carbon 561 ppm level bringing us precariously close to the extinction or near extinction carbon 600 ppm level. (For more information on this see this link out of control global warming if you have not done so already.)
The fourth biggest Climageddon book update
Because of the harsh new realities of out of control global warming we also had to upgrade our mission. We had to drop the old mission focus of ending global warming. Because of irreversible global warming, all we can do now is slow and lesson it so that more people may survive, migrate and get the most critical infrastructure to the far north or far south. Click here see the upgraded mission of Job One for Humanity.
Other Climageddon book modifications and corrections:
Numerous readers have sent me new information that challenges certain information that I presented in Climageddon. I read every one of these carefully and have them in a to-do list to review. Other than the corrections that are listed above, after my review of any reader challenges to the data, I will post any additional corrections needed for the book below.
It may take me a while to get to some of the informational challenges that have been raised by a few book readers due to ongoing book promotions, my work at Job One for Humanity and other backlogs, but I take them very seriously and I will get to every one of them and reply to the readers or critics who have sent me this information with what I discovered in relation to what they have presented.
Current book corrections:
The following is no longer true:
There also could be a survival-critical point where we will have to be open to the possibilities of any existing or new technology... Among many new technology possibilities, we may even have to use distasteful or disruptive stopgap measures on the way to restabilizing the climate, provided that we have a high certainty these temporary measures will not have even worse side effects! For example, fourth generation nuclear breeder reactors, if perfected, are supposed to use and burn the spent existing nuclear waste now being stored at great expense and risk. They will turn stored nuclear waste into a byproduct with a radioactive half-life of just 300 years instead of the average ~10,000 years for many kinds of existing nuclear reactor waste.
There is now no possible way to physically scale-up building enough new nuclear reactor energy generation capacity to replace ALL of global fossil fuel use in the amounts needed (mentioned above) and, in the time needed to save us from the worst consequences that will occur over the next 50 years.
In chapter 2 of Part 1 of Climageddon, in a section called How long carbon dioxide remains in our atmosphere, the following was stated:
Carbon dioxide is currently the most important greenhouse gas related to global warming. For the longest time, our scientists believed that once in the atmosphere, carbon dioxide remains there for about 100 years. New research shows that is not true. 75% of that carbon will not disappear for thousands of years. The other 25% stays forever. We are creating a serious global warming crisis that will last far longer than we ever thought possible.
"The lifetime of fossil fuel CO2 in the atmosphere is a few centuries, plus 25 percent that lasts essentially forever. The next time you fill your tank, reflect upon this...[the climatic impacts of releasing fossil fuel CO2 to the atmosphere will last longer than Stonehenge… Longer than time capsules, longer than nuclear waste, far longer than the age of human civilization so far." —“Carbon is forever,” Mason Inman ( Mason Inman. "Carbon is forever." Nature.com. November 20, 2008. http://www.nature.com/climate/2008/0812/full/climate.2008.122.html)
It needs to be corrected in one sentence as follows:
“25% of that carbon will not disappear for thousands of years. In terms of a human lifespan, the rest stays virtually forever.”
The point that was being made is that the carbon we put in the air today will be the curse of those who come behind us for a very, very long time, and we need to take our ongoing carbon pollution far more seriously.
Additionally, how long carbon stays in the atmosphere is still an ongoing scientific discussion. Several long-term climate models, though their date details differ, all agree that anthropogenic CO2 takes an enormously long time to dissipate. If all recoverable fossil fuels were burned up using today's technologies, after 1,000 years passed, the air would still hold one third to half of the CO2 emissions. "For practical purposes, 500 to 1000 years is 'forever,'" as Hansen and his colleagues put it. In this time, civilizations can rise and fall, and the Greenland and West Antarctic ice sheets could melt substantially, raising sea levels enough to transform the face of the planet. See also: http://www.nature.com/climate/2008/0812/full/climate.2008.122.html
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