Summary overview of the Climageddon Countdown Extinction Scenario phases, temperatures, costs, risk factors, wild cards, contexts, etc
(To review the full descriptions of the 6 phases of the Climageddon Scenario, begin here.)
There was a lot of information presented in the descriptions of the 6 phases of the Climageddon Scenario. To help make key areas of it easier to use and remember for future planning, the following simplified illustrated sections and charts have been provided.
The table below which we repeat here for clarity illustrates the temperature increases associated with each of the 6 phases. All the temperatures are increases over the average global temperature just before the Industrial Revolution. (In the illustration below CS Phase stands for Climageddon Scenario phase.)
(Please note that the above temperature timetable illustration already includes already committed temperatures due to existing momentums and inertias currently in the climate and related systems. For more information about committed or already "baked in" temperature levels or temperature increases even though they may have not fully manifested at some specific time, please see the Climageddon book.)
Overviewing mass extinction events from a historical perspective
The possibility of a massive extinction due to entering the later phases of the Climageddon Scenario should also be seen within the context of the history of extinction events and how the species population living at the time died off in each one of these events. The following illustration shows the five known previous mass extinction events.
To the left in the illustration above are projections for future species losses (including humanity) if we reach the later phases of the Climageddon Scenario. Some scientists are already calling the 21st century the beginning of the Sixth Great Extinction because of the high level of species die-offs already occurring.
Overviewing the Climageddon Scenario carbon levels and rising temperatures by phase
Overviewing the Climageddon extinction scenario financial costs
The following illustration shows how total related costs will rise dramatically at each Scenario phase for single-incident global warming disasters. In Phases 5 and 6, you will notice that the financial costs increase radically. In Phases 5 and 6, there will be many related and interconnected disasters occurring simultaneously all over the world, which collectively cause skyrocketing costs.
Overviewing the Climageddon Countdown extinction scenario as a complex adaptive system
At a meta-systemic level, the full-page illustration called Global Warming and the Climageddon Scenario further below makes it easier to visualize many of the Climageddon Scenario cross-system factors such as global warming consequences and tipping points in climate, human, and biological systems interacting with each other in all possible directions toward the cascading meltdown of the later Climageddon Scenario phases.
If it were possible to draw every complex interaction of the climate system within the three large boxes in the full-page illustration farther below, it would look much like a plate of tangled spaghetti noodles, slithering every possible way between each of the items within each box and between each larger horizontal box.
Many of the factors listed within each horizontal box in the illustration below not only react and collide amongst themselves, but each of the three large horizontal boxes also collectively interacts with and collides into the other large horizontal boxes as collections of consequences and tipping points in highly unpredictable, linear, and nonlinear ways.
Breaking down the three levels of consequence and tipping point interactions which create the 6 phases of the Climageddon extinction scenario.
The interactions of the 6 phases of the Climageddon Scenario are incredibly complex. In order to help the reader cut through this complexity, we have provided the following three illustrations. Shit Shit
When you are reading the three levels of interaction behind the 6 phases of the Climageddon Scenario, imagine you are looking at the assembly of all of the necessary elements to construct level by level and piece by piece, the perfect storm of perfect storms! Furthermore, unless we make radical changes immediately, the perfect storm of global warming consequences and tipping points interacting on all of the three levels illustrated in this section will create a cascading collective meltdown of continuous catastrophes, which will eventually crash economic markets, collapse governments and bring civilization as we know it today to a nearly complete end.
Illustration #1 of the Climageddon Scenario: Global Warming Consequences
In illustration one below, many things are happening simultaneously. First, it shows an overview of the key consequences of escalating global warming as global warming intensifies. Next, through the dotted lines interconnecting all of the listed consequences, it draws attention to the important fact that these consequences do not operate separately from each other. They interact!
In most cases, when any one of these global warming consequences (i.e. flooding, wildfires, drought, sea level rise due to melting sea ice and glaciers etc.) increases in frequency, severity, or scale, they begin interacting with one or more of the other consequences, making them more frequent, severe, and larger in scale as these consequences interact between themselves in positive feedback loops.
Now imagine that as global warming continues to intensify, these collective consequences increase once again to an even higher level of frequency, severity, and scale. Once again these consequences will begin interacting with more and more of the other consequences making the rest of the consequences intensify and occur more frequently, be more severe and also cover larger areas. In other words, when one escalates, it tends to trigger other consequences to do the same. Eventually, so many of them will be interacting in a positive feedback loop that we will be facing ecological and climate chaos. (For a detailed description of each of the consequences in the illustration above, click here.)
Illustration #2 of the Climageddon Scenario: Crossed Biological, Geological, and Climate Tipping Points
In illustration two, the key biological, geological, and climate tipping points of escalating global warming are listed. The dotted and interconnecting lines through all these tipping points graphically show that they do not stand alone or operate separately from each other. For instance, ocean heating (E) is caused by increased atmospheric temperature. Enough ocean heating triggers a plankton die-off tipping point and then increased melting sea ice, methane releases from the ocean bottom, and water vapor increases to name only a few of its interactions with other tipping points.
When any one of these global warming tipping points are crossed, they can, and usually do cross over and begin interacting with one or more of the other tipping points, making those other tipping points more likely to cross their own internal tipping points in a positive feedback loop of tipping points feeding and interacting off of and with each other.
Now imagine as global warming continues to intensify not just one or two of these tipping points will be crossed, but many of them will be crossed. As these tipping points begin interacting and collapsing into each other, they literally ensure that many more tipping points will be crossed! (For a detailed description of each of the tipping points in the illustration above, click here.)
Illustration #3 of the Climageddon Scenario: Human System Tipping Points
Illustration three shows the key human system tipping points that will be dramatically affected as more global warming consequences occur and intensify and, as more global warming tipping points are crossed in biological, geological and climate systems.
The arrowed lines between the four key human system tipping points below show that these tipping points involved in human systems also do not stand alone or operate separately from each other or from the biological, geological or climate tipping points listed in illustration 2 above. Unfortunately, these human system tipping points also interact in deadly positive feedback loops.
As global warming continues to intensify, so will the likelihood of war, political financial and social collapse. When too many human system tipping points have been crossed, we will face levels of system failure and collapse unlike anything seen in history.
The above is how the perfect storm of perfect storms known as the Climageddon Scenario unfolds. When you begin viewing the Climageddon Scenario model as an integrated climate, human, and biological super system, as well as seeing it from a meta-systemic perspective, you will also discover:
new critical relationships between climate, human, biological and geological systems and processes,
new qualifying and conditioning climate, human, biological and geological contexts, and finally,
new phase-by-phase catastrophic interactions magnifying the transformations of interconnected and interdependent climate, human, biological, and geological system consequences and tipping points that will dramatically worsen our lives.
What people do not easily grasp about the Climageddon Scenario is, that it is not just how bad the individual effects of the various consequences and tipping points will be. It is not even how bad the collective and/or cumulative effects of the various consequences and tipping points will be.
What they do not easily realize is that --- it is the total synergetic effect, which is far more than the sum of global warming's consequence or tipping point component parts, which creates a cascading consequence and tipping point meltdown and multiplies the threat and risk levels to such a point that once understood, no rational person would ever allow the Climageddon Scenario to unfold past the latter part of phase 1.
What all of the above consequences, tipping points, and other factors listed on this page cause is --- a great convergence and chain of unthinkable catastrophes which multiply each other into new worse consequences and tipping points at faster and faster rates. This makes them more unmanageable and less reversible short of a total system collapse.
As you can now better see from multiple perspectives, we are in a life and death struggle. It is a struggle for survival we have to honestly face and then immediately begin correcting.
The Climageddon Scenario phase boundaries
It is best to think about the phases of the Climageddon Scenario as sequential stages of a logical analytical model and description of what will happen phase-by-phase as global warming unfolds and grows progressively worse. But, the Climageddon Scenario is not a rigid model cast in stone.
The 6 phases of the Climageddon Scenario are not separated by rigid carbon ppm levels. They are fluid. The ppm demarcation levels may evolve up or down as new research is released. For example, Phase 2 could begin as early as carbon 425 ppm, as late as carbon 475 ppm, within Phase 2 more tipping points and points of no return could be crossed sooner or later than described previously.
Other critical Climageddon Scenario risk factors: 3 wildcards
There are additional critical risk variables or wildcards to consider in relating to how fast the unfolding Climageddon Scenario will be. A wild card is another kind of unpredictable positive or negative factor that can drastically influence the outcome of a situation. The following negative global warming wildcards can radically spike average global temperatures and/or radically shorten or lengthen the time frames for the predicted temperatures of the 6 phases of the Climageddon Scenario.
Wildcard 1: Atmospheric carbon ppm rises faster than its current average pace of about 3 ppm per year
In this wild card, we are unable to hold to the already dangerously high pace of adding 3 ppm of carbon per year. This causes the average global temperature to increase faster than is currently predicted in the Climageddon Scenario phases. This wildcard alone could significantly change an individual, business, or nation’s long-term planning or their emergency preparedness schedules.
In the graph below, you can see our current atmospheric carbon ppm levels are not rising in a simple linear gradual line, but on a steepening exponential curve. This steep carbon ppm curve also implies that temperatures will not rise gradually.
Due to the inertia factor in human systems as well as the well-financed fossil fuel industry counter forces, it is highly likely we will continue for some time to fail to pass laws that effectively limit atmospheric pollution from fossil fuel use. This strongly implies that with our skyrocketing global population, and with as many as a billion or more individuals coming into the middle class with higher energy needs, atmospheric fossil fuel levels and pollution will steadily and dramatically increase for the foreseeable future.
Therefore, it is also not unreasonable to project we will reach the new levels of 4, 5, or even 6 carbon ppm average increases per year within as little as 10-30 years. When looking at the higher carbon ppm calculations below, keep in mind that all projections are for temperatures above pre-industrial levels. It is also important to know that once carbon reaches the atmosphere, 75% of that carbon will not disappear for thousands of years. The other 25% stays forever. This means that we will be living with radically higher average global temperature ranges for a long, long time even after we finally get serious about ending the global warming extinction emergency
If the annual average carbon increases of only 4, 5, or 6 ppm happen, and everything goes perfectly, and we do not cross more points of no return and global warming tipping points, the following is an approximation of what the accelerated time frames and temperatures would look like. Of course, if any of the annual carbon increases of 4, 5, or 6 ppm occur earlier than these projections or we cross more points of no return and tipping points, it will get much warmer much faster. Please note: None of the 3 carbon ppm variation graphs below have included any calculations for crossing tipping points.
If we stay at a carbon 4 ppm increase per year (like we did in 2016), we would reach:
a. carbon 450 (an increase of 2.2°-2.7° Celsius or 4°-4.9° Fahrenheit) in about 15 years (2031). (This is the critical transition from Phase 1 to Phase 2 in the Climageddon Scenario, as well as the strong probability of crossing more global warming, climate, human, and biological system tipping points.)
b. carbon 500 ppm (an increase of 2.5°-3.2° Celsius, or about 4.5°-5.7° Fahrenheit) in about 26 years (2042). (Phase 2).
c. carbon 550 (an increase of 2.7°-3.5° Celsius, or 4.9°-6.3° Fahrenheit) in about 38 years (2054). (Phase 3).
d. carbon 600 (an increase of 4°-4.5° Celsius, or 7.2°-8° Fahrenheit) in about 51 years (2067). (Phase 4).
e. carbon 650-750 (an increase of 5°-6° Celsius, or 9°-10.8°+ Fahrenheit) in about 89 years (2105). (Phase 5).
If we increase carbon at 4 ppm per year by 2026 and then go to a carbon increase of 5 ppm per year by the year 2036, we would reach:
a. carbon 450 (an increase of 2.2°-2.7° degrees Celsius or 4°-4.9° Fahrenheit) in about 15 years (2031). (This is the critical transition from Phase 1 to Phase 2 in the Climageddon Scenario, as well as the strong probability of crossing more global warming, climate, human, and biological system tipping points.)
b. carbon 500 ppm (an increase of 2.5°-3.2° Celsius or 4.5°-5.7°° Fahrenheit) in about 25 years (2041). (Phase 2).
c. carbon 550 (an increase of 2.7°-3.5° Celsius or 4.9° to 6.3° Fahrenheit) in about 35 years (2051). (Phase 3).
d. carbon 600 (an increase of 4°-4.5° Celsius or 7.2°-8° Fahrenheit) in about 45 years (2061). (Phase 4).
e. carbon 650-750 (an increase of 5°-6° Celsius, or 9°-10.8° Fahrenheit) in about 75 years (2091). (Phase 5).
If we increase carbon at 4 ppm per year starting in 2026, then go to a carbon increase 5 ppm per year in the year 2036, and finally reach carbon increase of 6 ppm per year by the year 2046, we would reach:
a. carbon 450 (an increase of 2.2°-2.7° Celsius or 4°-4.9° Fahrenheit) in about 15 years (2031). (This is the critical transition from Phase 1 to Phase 2 in the Climageddon Scenario, as well as the strong probability of crossing more global warming, climate, human, and biological system tipping points.)
b. carbon 500 ppm (an increase of 2.5°-3.2° Celsius or 4.5°-5.7° Fahrenheit) in about 25 years (2041). (Phase 2).
c. carbon 550 (an increase of 2.7°-3.5° Celsius or 4.9°-6.3° Fahrenheit) in about 35 years (2051.) (Phase 3).
d. carbon 600 (an increase of 4°-4.5° Celsius or about 7.2°-8° Fahrenheit) in about 45 years (2061). (Phase 4)
e. carbon 650-750 (an increase of 5°-6° Celsius or 9°-10.8° Fahrenheit) in about 54 years (2070). (Phase 5).
Wildcard 2: Crossed global warming tipping points can unexpectedly spike up global temperatures and accelerate timetables
As we cross more global warming tipping points, there is currently no method of precisely calculating either how suddenly or how high average global temperatures might spike beyond our current temperature increases. What we do know is that crossing almost any global warming tipping point will eventually raise the average global temperature and presents the probability of suddenly and unpredictably spiking up average global temperatures.
How long it will take to get to a new and significantly higher average global temperature level after crossing a tipping point is unknown, but is almost certainly going to occur sooner than what we are currently preparing for. This high level of unpredictability will make the suddenly occurring and radical adjustments that will be needed nearly impossible for all but those with nearly unlimited resources
Additionally, not all tipping points are alike in impact. Once a keystone global warming tipping point is crossed, many other global warming tipping points can also begin rapidly and simultaneously collapsing into their own respective tipping points. If we cross a keystone tipping point, every currently projected timeframe relating to global warming consequences and the Climageddon Scenario will rapidly change for the worse. Consequences predicted to be many decades away could be upon us in a decade or two—or even sooner.
Wildcard 3: The methane time bomb
What could eventually become the determinant wild card in the Climageddon Scenario is the growing role of methane pollution in our atmosphere. Even though methane lasts (3 years to decades) in the atmosphere and far less time than carbon, methane is 20 to 100 times more potent than carbon in producing increased heat by way of the greenhouse gas effect.
Increasing methane pollution is a hidden global warming crisis waiting to happen. The only way that increasing atmospheric methane pollution is indirectly measured is by what's called the carbon equivalent score, or CE score. The CE score includes other greenhouse gases besides methane, so we can never be quite certain just how much methane is contributing to the overall CE score.
Currently, the carbon dioxide ppm-only score is about 407, but our carbon equivalent (CE) score is around 485 CE ppm. As you can see, with the higher 485 CE ppm measurement, carbon dioxide ppm is not the only measurement to be concerned about. One could easily wonder if this seldom seen or publicly discussed higher carbon CE score is also part of the reason temperatures are rising so much higher and faster than predicted by those in authority.
Some research suggests that total atmospheric methane pollution from all its sources may be responsible for up to 30% of all global warming. The expansion of methane energy generation is being extolled by the fossil fuel industry as a safer, less polluting, less costly alternative to oil and coal energy generation. The U.S. and other countries with abundant methane have gone on huge methane fracking energy generation binges, supplying more and more of their energy needs through this abundant fossil fuel that is extremely dangerous to our already overheating atmosphere
As research continues to show how much methane is leaking from the fracking process as well as methane leaking in the distribution from the wellhead to the end-user, the data looks bad for the future. As new studies come out that aren’t directly or indirectly funded by the fossil fuel industry, it shows we appear to have significantly underestimated how much methane is leaking into the atmosphere from both the ongoing melting of the tundra permafrost (which is rapidly accelerating as well) and the methane release from fracking. (Click here to see more about underestimated methane pollution.) This additional unknown amount of leaked methane could be the ultimate Climageddon Scenario wild card and the last straw because:
Initial studies indicate we are seriously underestimating the total amount of methane now leaking into the global atmosphere from fracking.
The underestimated amount of total leaked methane might turn out to be just enough additional heat leverage (when it exercises its 20 to 100 times greater heat-producing greenhouse gas effect) to spike average global temperature fast enough and high enough to trigger more global warming tipping points or a keystone tipping point, pushing us quickly from Phase 2 to 3 of the Climageddon Scenario.
This fracking-related heat leverage is in addition to any other increases in methane going into the atmosphere from tundra permafrost thaw or big agribusiness. And finally because
All of the increased methane releases sit on top of the already existing prior and escalating atmospheric carbon pollution.
This impending methane time bomb can get much worse. Methane going into the atmosphere from any and all sources (fracking, methane leaks, melting permafrost, and big agribusiness) warms the oceans even more. Starting around 5°C, it will begin to thaw and release gigatons of frozen methane hydrate crystals trapped along the continental shelves of our oceans. Ironically, if the additional leaking methane produced by today’s fracking boom becomes the “straw that breaks the camel’s back,” then our short-sighted drive for cheaper, easier-to-reach energy will become our ultimate undoing. (Please click here to watch a short video that brilliantly explains the extinction process once we start releasing methane clathrate from our coastal shelves. While we begin this methane release process once we reach 5°C by 6°C it is in full bloom.)
Other risk factors within the 6 phases of the Climageddon Scenario and its wild cards
Seeing the risk probabilities and wildcard risk factors of the 6 phases of the Climageddon Scenario as a collection or whole is useful in evaluating what the previously mentioned phase-by-phase threat levels could mean for your future. The risk probabilities and wildcard risk factors for the 6 phases of the Climageddon Scenario are:
There is a 100% certainty we are already in Phase 1 of the Climageddon Scenario and are in a state of climate destabilization that will be irreversible within anything close to human time frames.
Climatologist Michael Mann believes we currently have a 10% probability of crossing more global warming system tipping points as we have already crossed numerous tipping points in the Arctic regions.
At carbon 407 ppm now, we are quickly moving toward Phase 2 of the Climageddon Scenario (carbon 450 ppm) which could potentially begin as early as carbon 425 ppm. If we reach Phase 2, tumbling into Phase 3 is more likely than not (greater than a 50% probability) because of the tipping point crossing momentum, our ever-diminishing control over global warming processes, and the total carbon added within 6-10 years to the atmosphere.
There is a very high probability we will soon be averaging an increase in atmospheric carbon of 4 ppm per year and not carbon 3 ppm as we were previously doing before 2015. From 2015-2016, according to measurements at Mauna Loa, Hawaii, we came close to that 4 ppm mark.
There is also a possibility we may have already unknowingly crossed more points of no return and “baked in” irreversible global warming as well as the mid to later stages of the Climageddon Scenario.
There is a very high probability we will cross more points of no return and global warming tipping points, but we will not be able to accurately predict when, how much, or how fast they will increase average global temperature.
If we reach Phase 3, tumbling into Phase 4 is highly likely (probability greater than 65%) due to both tipping point momentum and our diminishing control.
The probability that we have seriously underestimated the total global warming effect of fracking for methane and the effects of the other key methane pollution sources is high.
Somewhere in late Phase 3 or early Phase 4, there is a good probability we will cross a keystone tipping point for the Climageddon Scenario itself. This is where crossing global warming, climate, human, and biological system tipping points begins a self-reinforcing endless positive feedback loop.
The probability of reaching the mid-to-later Climageddon Scenario Phases 3-5 is also high because of human system inertia and momentum factors.
If we reach Phase 4, tumbling into Phase 5 is very likely (a probability greater than 85%) because of both growing tipping point momentum and our diminishing control.
Recent research from 2015 has estimated we now have a 10% chance of reaching an average global temperature increase of 6° Celsius (10.8° Fahrenheit)—which is Phase 5 of the Climageddon Scenario. Other research in a new book called Climate Shock estimates the current risk of reaching 6° Celsius may be as high as 30%. If we do not act immediately as described in Part 2, the materials within the book you are reading suggest the risk of reaching 6° Celsius could be considerably higher than the 30% suggested by the authors of Climate Shock.
Because of insufficient research on prior temperatures and processes of the Venus effect (where the atmosphere of Venus was stripped off because of rising temperatures), it is impossible at this time to assign a risk probability to Phase 6 of the Climageddon Scenario, other than to say that if we reach Phase 5 and our temperature keeps going up without a pause, we are at a high risk of entering Phase 6.
If or when we reach 4°-6° Celsius (7.2°-10.8° Fahrenheit) of average global temperature increase, we will face a threat comparable in scope, scale, and severity to a global nuclear war. So what does this dire comparison imply?
It asks us to consider how we should be handling the escalated global warming risk if the nations of the world would not allow even a 1 percent risk level for global thermonuclear war to remain unmanaged. How can we continue to allow even a 10% risk level of crossing global warming tipping points when it can directly lead to irreversible global warming, 4°-6° Celsius average global temperature increases, and the eventual extinction of humanity?
There also may be undiscovered positive wild cards that could help significantly slow, lessen, and eventually end global warming
The climate future is uncertain and full of both unpredictable negative and positive wild cards. We must remain open to exploring all possible natural decarbonization practices. We also need to be open to appropriate technological climate restabilization procedures, as well as all new green energy generation technologies that could be positive wild cards for our global warming future.
Technology’s greatest hope for helping to resolve this emergency lies mainly in its ability to more efficiently tap into the abundant sources of clean, green energy all around us (solar, wind, geothermal, etc). Right now, solar panel efficiency is doubling about every three years while at the same time, solar panel cost is rapidly and dramatically dropping.
This, coupled with new technologies for storage batteries, is helping us to resolve green energy battery storage and cost problems that could have significantly slowed our transition away from fossil fuel energy generation. The entrepreneur Elon Musk has estimated that with about 100 more new high-efficiency battery factories like his new Tesla Giga Factory, green energy generation should have all the battery storage capacity it needs to be able to meet all of the world’s energy needs.
There also could be a survival-critical point where we will have to be open to the possibilities of any existing or new technology, even if that technology seems improbable or far-fetched. Stating that we may have to use wise and appropriate technology solutions does not negate our serious warnings about an overly-optimistic or distorted over-reliance on new technology solutions such as negative emissions technologies (NETs,) that hope to capture carbon mechanically from our atmosphere as the main way we end the global warming extinction emergency without first and also changing our polluting and destructive fossil fuel-consuming ways.
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, the fourth-generation nuclear breeder reactors, if and when perfected, are supposed to use and burn the existing spent nuclear waste now being stored at great expense and risk. They will allegedly turn used stored nuclear waste as fuel and then turn it into a far less dangerous waste 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.
Overviewing the estimated time frames and consequence intensity of the Climageddon Countdown extinction scenario
In the above-estimated timetable, it is important to keep in mind that these estimates are based on our current path of continuing to cross more and more climate, human and biological system tipping points which have not been previously factored into currently accepted global warming consequence timetables by authorities such as the IPCC.
The Climageddon Scenario will multiply the many threats we face through its endless chain of cascading consequences and crossed tipping points, and it will also expose and attack the weaknesses in every climate, human, and biological system directly or indirectly connected. This is also why the Climageddon Scenario is today's most imminent security threat, comparable only to the threat of thermonuclear war and currently more urgent due to the absence of adequate management and preventive measures.
In the above illustration, you will notice that the mid-to-later phases of the Climageddon Scenario soon reach the highest levels of the 3 previously mentioned risk scales.
A motivational boost to counter our nearly impossible global warming challenge
If there were a large extinction-level asteroid rapidly approaching the Earth, we would immediately come together as one human family to mobilize and share resources and intelligence to overcome this common global extinction threat. It would not matter what nation we came from, what religion we held, or what race, ethnicity, or gender we were. We would immediately pull together in hopes of resolving this shared extinction threat because of our mutual desire for self-preservation.
At this moment, escalating global warming is racing toward crossing more tipping points and becoming out of control global warming. Even though global warming moves at a slower pace, it is just as big and as real of a threat as an extinction-level asteroid steadily approaching Earth within our lifetimes.
When deeply felt and understood, our common global warming extinction threat also offers the motivation and clarity needed to compel our coming together as one human family and mobilizing to do what is necessary to resolve it. Once we realize that:
This threat is imminent and:
b. no one will survive unless we utilize the remaining years of meaningful control and hit the 2025 global fossil fuel reduction targets,
c. it will be far easier to face the painful, costly, and radical changes together.
In Phase 2 of the Climageddon Scenario, with each new tipping point and point of no return crossed, we progressively lose more and more control over the global warming extinction emergency.
With each new phase of the Climageddon Scenario, the consequences of global warming intensify faster and faster.
It is not only unconscionable, but it is also insane to allow the conditions of Phase 2 of the Climageddon Scenario to persist one second longer than is necessary. These conditions must be reversed.
In Phase 3 of the Climageddon Scenario, should we be unfortunate enough to enter it, we are at the beginning of the perfect storm of perfect storms. Here, unpredictable and colliding crossed tipping points cascade into and within the climate, human, and biological systems, creating unmanageable chaos.
Phase 3 of the Climageddon Scenario is also like entering a race car with no driver and its accelerator pedal pressed to the floor. We rapidly become passive rear-seat passengers, racing faster and faster toward the cliffs of oblivion.
Endless global warming catastrophes will find and multiply weaknesses within the world's political, economic, social, and ecological systems. Long before we reach the last phases of the Climageddon Scenario, the world will face global chaos.
Our current level of global warming places us at the edge of a disastrous chain reaction: crossing more tipping points will lead eventually to crossing keystone tipping points, then irreversible global warming, and finally Phases 4 and 5 of the Climageddon Scenario.
Once carbon reaches the atmosphere, 75% of that carbon will not disappear for thousands of years. The other 25% stays forever. This means that even after we finally get serious about ending the global warming extinction emergency, we will be living with radically higher average global temperature ranges for a long, long time.
Endgame global warming consequences will rapidly propagate through climate, human, and biological systems in the later phases (4-6) of the Climageddon Scenario.
Any global warming wild card can significantly increase the average global temperature and radically shorten the time frames for the predicted temperatures increases of the Climageddon Scenario to occur.
If we don't work together successfully to resolve the global warming extinction emergency, we may experience a second great evolutionary bottleneck and die off to a few thousand remaining mating pairs. This means that most of us living today may witness, in as little as 30 years, the greatest mass die-off in human history.
The Climageddon Scenario later phases will kill us all far faster and more efficiently than we ever have been able to kill each other. It ultimately leads us into the Great Culling of humanity.
The Climageddon Scenario is the ultimate unbearable truth of the 21st century.
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 Other research estimates our current average global temperature is between 1.2°-1.5° Celsius (2.2°-2.7° Fahrenheit) above preindustrial levels.
 David Spratt. "Climate Reality Check." Breakthrough - National Centre for Climate Restoration. March 2016. http://media.wix.com/ugd/148cb0_4868352168ba49d89358a8a01bc5f80f.pdf
 Phil Mckenna. "Environmental group alleges scientific fraud in disputed methane studies." InsideClimate News. June 9, 2016. https://insideclimatenews.org/news/09062016/environmental-alleges-scientific-fraud-disputed-methane-studies-nc-warn-david-allen-EDF
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Congratulations! You have finished the Climageddon Scenario Illustrated summary. Please keep in mind the following:
1. Because the Climageddon Scenario is already unfolding, never forget that if we reach the 2025 global fossil fuel reduction targets by plus or minus 5 percent, we will avoid the worst consequences of the Climageddon Scenario and mass extinction! Life over the millennia has always found a way to solve its previous mass extinction challenges!
2. There exists a deadline prioritized and an effective plan to ensure we do not trigger the later mass extinction phases of the Climageddon Scenario. Click here for a brief overview of this plan.