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by Kim O'Hara
Fri Nov 23, 2012 7:17 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Climate Change: We're Doomed
Replies: 871
Views: 91622

Re: Climate Change: We're Doomed

Oil consumption and climate change go hand in hand. If we keep using oil (which we will), the planet cooks. The economics and politics behind oil are crucial to understanding how climate change will play out on the human level. Hi, Huseng, If that is a reply to my previous post it is sadly deficien...
by Kim O'Hara
Fri Nov 23, 2012 4:00 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Climate Change: We're Doomed
Replies: 871
Views: 91622

Re: Climate Change: We're Doomed

This is a good blog about this: http://ourfiniteworld.com/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; Hi, Huseng, I may respond to some of your other points later. For now, can I just say that your source here (1) has an extremely narrow focus - oil, oil, and only oil, in the US business econom...
by Kim O'Hara
Fri Nov 23, 2012 12:03 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Climate Change: We're Doomed
Replies: 871
Views: 91622

Re: Climate Change: We're Doomed

Hello again, Huseng, Your last two posts seem to me to be little more than an amplification of your OP so I still see the same flaws in your thinking. One is that you treat the problem as though it is monolithic - a twenty-ton boulder landing in our front yard, completely beyond our ability to remov...
by Kim O'Hara
Thu Nov 22, 2012 1:11 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Climate Change: We're Doomed
Replies: 871
Views: 91622

Re: Climate Change: We're Doomed

Foreknowledge sets the mind at ease. Despair is lamenting that you cannot do anything. Hi, Huseng, That's true, but how does it apply here? As far as I can see, you don't have foreknowledge and you can do something. No-one has foreknowledge of such a chaotic system as world politics and climate. Pe...
by Kim O'Hara
Thu Nov 22, 2012 1:23 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Climate Change: We're Doomed
Replies: 871
Views: 91622

Re: Climate Change: We're Doomed

Some recent media articles: Greenhouse gases in atmosphere up 20 per cent, UN says Climate scientists applaud dire world bank report UN report states that worldwide efforts to curb climate change are failing :!: Thanks, Jnana. Yes, the news is bad - but not (as I keep on insisting) all bad. None of...
by Kim O'Hara
Wed Nov 21, 2012 10:47 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Climate Change: We're Doomed
Replies: 871
Views: 91622

Re: Climate Change: We're Doomed

I have been participating in a loosely-parallel conversation over at the :spy: other :spy: DW (which is where I usually hang out, btw) and a couple of good books on Buddhism and ecology were recommended at http://www.dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=15022&p=217022#p216968 . Some folk here may li...
by Kim O'Hara
Wed Nov 21, 2012 11:55 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Climate Change: We're Doomed
Replies: 871
Views: 91622

Re: Climate Change: We're Doomed

Practicing the Noble Eightfold Path in relation to the environment is not a trap. :namaste: When we practice the teachings of the Buddha, we naturally lead simpler lives, and we tend to leave a smaller footprint. It think it's normal to get excited about issues like this and others, but all we can ...
by Kim O'Hara
Mon Nov 19, 2012 10:52 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Climate Change: We're Doomed
Replies: 871
Views: 91622

Re: Climate Change: We're Doomed

David Suzuki & Thich Nhat Hanh: Despair :namaste: Thanks for that, Viniketa. :smile: Huseng's response to climate change could certainly be labelled 'despair' and I obviously don't think it's the best response. But I began to wonder whether despair is ever the best response to any problem and I hav...
by Kim O'Hara
Sun Nov 18, 2012 12:54 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Climate Change: We're Doomed
Replies: 871
Views: 91622

Re: Climate Change: We're Doomed

Solutions There's a simple explanation of the wedge concept at http://www.wri.org/stories/2006/12/wedge-approach-climate-change and an updated presentation of it by one of the original authors at http://www.climatecentral.org/blogs/wedges-reaffirmed/P2 A cautionary note is sounded at http://www.rea...
by Kim O'Hara
Sun Nov 18, 2012 7:50 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Climate Change: We're Doomed
Replies: 871
Views: 91622

Re: Climate Change: We're Doomed

Hi, Huseng, That's a hard post to reply to because you have scattered overstatements and partial truths all the way through. What I will do is grey-out your words where I don't agree and replace them or reply to them in (appropriately :smile: ) green. Here goes: Work harder to do what? Make every bi...
by Kim O'Hara
Sun Nov 18, 2012 1:39 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Climate Change: We're Doomed
Replies: 871
Views: 91622

Re: Climate Change: We're Doomed

Sea levels are rising Yep. If you want the latest technical stuff straight from the experts, start at http://www.pik-potsdam.de/sealevel/index.html or http://www.realclimate.org/index.php/archives/2011/06/2000-years-of-sea-level/ if things get as warm as they're predicting Latest observations - lik...
by Kim O'Hara
Sun Nov 18, 2012 12:36 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Climate Change: We're Doomed
Replies: 871
Views: 91622

Re: Climate Change: We're Doomed

As with all things, including science and doomsday predictions, nothing is static: http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2012/08/ff_apocalypsenot/all/ It's a cleverly written piece - enough truth to sound convincing, enough calculated gaps to allow him to reach the conclusions he wants to reach. Matt R...
by Kim O'Hara
Sat Nov 17, 2012 12:33 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Climate Change: We're Doomed
Replies: 871
Views: 91622

Re: Climate Change: We're Doomed

There's such a lot to respond to in this thread that maybe I'll deal with a bit at a time. Let's dispose of the false uncertainty first. Just one point though, we may not be the total cause of this. Our weather records really only go back less than 200 years. This could be a cycle the earth goes thr...
by Kim O'Hara
Fri Nov 16, 2012 8:20 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Climate Change: We're Doomed
Replies: 871
Views: 91622

Re: Climate Change: We're Doomed

:good:

:namaste:
Kim
by Kim O'Hara
Fri Nov 16, 2012 1:13 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Climate Change: We're Doomed
Replies: 871
Views: 91622

Re: Climate Change: We're Doomed

We do have problems but we're not doomed:
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." Margaret Meade

I'll get back with more on this soon - no time now. :smile:


:namaste:
Kim

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