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Past articles by Dr:

The Brief Lifespan Of Technological Civilizations And The Future Of Homo Sapiens

In his book ‘Collapse’ (2011) Jared Diamond portrays the fate of societies which Choose to Fail or Succeed. On a larger scale the Fermi’s paradox suggests → Read More

Nuclear Portents On A Burning Earth

It is inconceivable that an event on a similar scale could be developing in our lifetime, but according the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, founded in 1945 → Read More

Portents Of The Unthinkable

According to the Fermi Paradox the failure to date to achieve radio communication between Earth and extraterrestrial civilizations can be attributed to their → Read More

Forever War On A Burning Earth| Countercurrents

If the history of the 21st century is ever written it would report that, while large parts of the planet were becoming uninhabitable, the extreme rate and → Read More

Portents Of An Irreversible Climate Change| Countercurrents

Numerous species have been unable to survive the accelerated global heating following the K-T impact event, nor are many species likely to survive the even → Read More

The Fermi Paradox - From The Gas Chambers To A Radioactive Greenhouse Earth| Countercurrents

According to Fermi’s Paradox the apparent absence to date of observable extra-terrestrial intelligent life suggests the lifetime of technological → Read More

The Thucydides Trap: Stumbling Blindly Into Nuclear War| Countercurrents

The current impasse between two superpowers, the US vs Russia + China, threatening to grow into a nuclear war, endangering the future of civilization and much → Read More

Portents Of A Nuclear Winter On A Warming Earth| Countercurrents

Figure 1. “The Nuclear Winter” by Carl Sagan. → Read More

Accelerating Global Warming And Amplifying Feedbacks: The Imperative Of CO2 Drawdown| Countercurrents

Satellite measurements indicate that 2021 was one of the warmest years on record, with the past seven years being the hottest period recorded globally (M et → Read More

5.9 $trillion Spent By Governments On Fossil Fuel Subsidies In 2020| Countercurrents

In Australia, business as usual continued, where fossil fuel subsidies reached $10.3 billion in 2020-21. Fossil fuel subsidies cost Australians a → Read More

Planetary Ecocide — The Crime Against Life On Earth| Countercurrents

“We are simply talking about the very life support system of this planet.” → Read More

The Origin of the Northern Freeze

Warnings by leading climate scientists regarding the high sensitivity of the atmosphere in response to abrupt compositional changes, such as near-doubling of greenhouse gas concentrations, are now manifest: According to Wallace Broecker, (the “father” of climate science) “The paleoclimate record shouts out to us that, far from being self-stabilizing, the Earth’s climate system is an ornery beast… → Read More

The extreme rate of global warming: IPCC Oversights of future climate trends

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports and comprehensive summaries of the peer-reviewed literature raise questions regarding the assumptions inherent in computer modelling of future climate changes, including the supposed linearity of future global temperature trends (Figure 1). Computer modelling does not necessarily capture the sensitivity, complexity and feedbacks of the… → Read More

The fatal consequences of high atmospheric methane levels

It is hard to think of a more Orwellian expression than that describing the increase in toxic atmospheric methane gas as “gas-led recovery.” Several of the large mass extinctions of species in the geological past are attributed to an increase in atmospheric methane (CH₄), raising the temperature of the atmosphere and depriving the oceans from oxygen. Nowadays a serious danger to the[Read More...] → Read More

How long for civilization?

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. – Albert Einstein. As the world is trying to hopefully recover from the tragic effects of COVID-19, it is reminded there is no vaccine for the existential threat for its life support systems posed by global warming, nor for the looming threats of future wars and[Read More...] → Read More

The global warming rate exceeds geological mass extinction events – Countercurrents

Global CO₂ rise and warming rates have reached a large factor to an order of magnitude higher than those of the past geological and mass extinction events, with major implications for the shift in climate zones and the nature and speed of current extreme weather events. Given the abrupt change in state of the atmosphere-ocean-cryosphere-land system, accelerating since the mid-20ᵗʰ[Read More...] → Read More

While we fixate on coronavirus, Earth is hurtling towards a catastrophe worse than the dinosaur extinction – Countercurrents

At several points in the history of our planet, increasing amounts of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere have caused extreme global warming, prompting the majority of species on Earth to die out. In the past, these events were triggered by a huge volcanic eruption or asteroid impact. Now, Earth is heading for another mass extinction – and human activity is to blame. I am[Read More...] → Read More

A viral climate of fear – Countercurrents

Where the virus may potentially claim the lives of hundreds of thousands or even millions of people, global heating above 4oC is bound to claim the lives of billions, yet most governments hardly listen to the science By the 25 March 2020 more than 4% of Covid-19 patients, nearly 19,000 people, tragically died worldwide, with more to come, and each[Read More...] → Read More

Global warming and the Australian fire storms – Countercurrents

Global warming and its disastrous consequences are now truly with us since the second part of 2019. At the moment a change in the weather has given parts of the country a respite from the raging fires, some of which are still burning or smoldering, waiting for another warm spell to flare up. The danger zones include the Australian Capital[Read More...] → Read More

Global warming and the habitability of planet Earth – Countercurrents

Carbon, the essential element underpinning photosynthesis and life, is transformed into toxic substances in the remnants of plants and organisms buried in sediments. Once released to the atmosphere (Fig. 1) in the form of CO2, CO and methane, in large quantities these gases become lethal and have been responsible for mass extinctions of species (Fig. 2). Given amplifying feedbacks from[Read… → Read More